Walk the Waterfront with Sally Bagshaw & Feet First

Join the quarterly Feet First Walk & Talk on the waterfront with Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. Come find out about public space plans for the waterfront.

We’ll finish the walk at Feet First with refreshments and the unveiling of the new Feet First website.

RSVP for the walk by emailing yoyo@feetfirst.info by Monday, May 10th. For more information about this event, contact Yoyo Hsieh, Event Organizer or call 206-652-2310

Walk & Talk Schedule

  • 5:15pm  Assemble/Check-in @ Pier 70 near the fountain
  • 5:30pm Departure Time
  • 6:00pm-6:10 pm  Short stop and talk at Mithun by Principal, Mark Shapiro
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm  Reception @ Feet First – Nord Building, 314 First Avenue South in the heart of the Pioneer Square District

If you are not able to participate in the walk, join the reception beginning at 6:30pm at the Feet First office.  Join the Feet First Facebook Group!

For more information call 206-652-2310 or go to the Feet First website www.feetfirst.info

King County Natural Resources Seminar on Stormwater

King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division is hosting another in their series of SciFYI science seminars.  This one’s on Stormwater and all that entails including monitoring and plans for rivers and streams and floodplain monitoring.  This seminar takes place at the King County King Street Center at 201 South Jackson Street, in the 8th floor conference room from 8:00 am through Noon.

The format includes two sessions followed by a panel discussion:

  • Session I: Stormwater Monitoring – Moderator: Doug Navetski
    • 8:10-8:30am Puget Sound Stormwater Monitoring Work Group Update, Jim Simmonds
    • 8:30-8:50am Preliminary Results of NPDES Stormwater Permit Monitoring, Dean Wilson
    • 8:50-9:10am A Fecal Pollution and Correction Program in Kitsap County, Mindy Fohn
    • 9:10-9:30am Theo Foss Waterway Source Control Strategy, Dana de Leon
    • 9:30-9:50am Storm Drain and Combined Sewer Overflow Source Evaluations in the Duwamish Waterway Drainage Basin, Debra Williston and Beth Schmoyer
  • Break (9:50-10:00am)
  • Session II: WLRD Monitoring – Moderator: Jo Wilhelm
    • 10:00-10:20am Monitoring Salmon Recovery in WRIA 8, Scott Stolnack
    • 10:20-10:40am Status of King County Streams, Deb Lester
    • 10:40-11:00am Framework and Status of Regulatory Effectiveness Monitoring, Gino Lucchetti
    • 11:00-11:20am Development of a Monitoring Framework for the River and Floodplain Management Section, Sarah McCarthy
    • 11:20-11:40am An Overview of the CIP Monitoring and Maintenance Program’s Approach to Monitoring – Past and Present, Dan Eastman
  • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Josh Latterell
    • 11:40am-12:00pm Speakers et al

For more information:

Duwamish Alive! Come Help Restore Our River

Duwamish Alive! Restore Our River

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 10:00 am  to  2:00 pm join a thousand volunteers to restore the Duwamish River watershed an celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Meet at Terminal 105 Park, 4032 W. Marginal Way

Come join EOS Alliance‘s Sustainability Team and other volunteers to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  We will be working at Terminal 105 Natural Area, which is a restoration site near the mouth of the Duwamish River. We will be laying down cardboard and mulch to suppress persistent and pesky invasive weeds that threaten to take over our native plants. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided.

Following the restoration event there will be a FREE Earth Day Festival from 2-4 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School, located in the Delridge neighborhood. The Earth Day Festival will provide food, kids’ activities, informational booths, music and special Earth Day surprises!

For more information, and to RSVP for this event, please email Ben Kantner at EOS Alliance at bkantner@eosalliance.org, re: “Duwamish Alive!” by April 16, 2010. Or feel free to call 206-762-2553.[mappress]

Help SPU with Combined Sewer Overflow Plans

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking community members who would like to serve on a Sounding Board to help guide the development of a long-term plan (LTCP) to control Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the City of Seattle. The Clean Water Act requires that Seattle reduce CSOs. Seattle Public Utilities is developing a comprehensive Long-term Control Plan (LTCP) to lay out the capital investments necessary to meet that goal.

These actions will include retrofitting the system for greater efficiency, building storage facilities, and green stormwater infrastructure where appropriate. The Sounding Board will provide a diverse set of perspectives from across the City. SPU is seeking individuals who can see the big picture, as well as effectively represent a particular point of view and provide constructive advice about important investment decisions. Further, SPU is hoping to identify people from each quadrant of the city (northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest) to represent interests in those geographic areas.

Sounding Board members will be asked to:

  • Quickly develop an understanding of the data and rationale for projects
  • Assist in developing and applying criteria to make decisions about the best alternatives
  • Review and comment on the elements of the LTCP
  • Provide guidance on public involvement activities and communications designed to engage stakeholders throughout the development of the LTCP

The first series of Sounding Board meetings will be from May to early July, 2010, with a meeting held about every other week. The meetings will resume in the fall with another set of meetings and then again in early 2011.

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the Sounding Board, please send an e-mail to CSO Program Public Involvement Coordinator Susan Stoltzfus (susan.stoltzfus@seattle.gov) by April 2, 2010. Please include “Sounding Board” in the subject line and include your name, address, and phone number. Provide a brief description (2-4 paragraphs) that includes: 1) your background, 2) your current affiliations and how you would represent your quadrant of the city, and 3) why you are interesting in taking part. Please feel free to contact Susan if you have questions or would like to suggest others who may want to be considered.

Sightline Publishes Simple Rainwater Garden DIY Instructions

Sightline has published a simple set of instructions for Do-It-Yourself rain gardens. Rain barrels, French drains and swales are all terms depicting a way to capture runoff. Green solutions to stormwater runoff sound fancy and complicated, but they’re not.

The basic principal for controlling stormwater in an Earth-friendly way is to keep the water where it falls and help it soak into the ground. Homeowners can do this by following any or all of the low-impact development strategies highlighted in this Sightline guide http://daily.sightline.org/daily_score/archive/2010/03/08/stormwater-diy published online.

Combined Sewer Overflow Projects Briefings Scheduled

This is an update from King County on the Combined Sewer Overflow projects. Since May 2009, the CSO Beach Projects team has selected a range of alternative means for CSO control in four Puget Sound Beach communities:

  • Barton (Fauntleroy community in West Seattle)
  • Murray (Morgan community in West Seattle)
  • Magnolia
  • North Beach

These Combined Sewer Overflow control projects will help manage peak flows from areas connected to King County’s CSO facilities and limit discharges of untreated stormwater and sewage to Puget Sound. King County Wastewater Treatment has developed three alternatives for each project area. To learn more about this range of alternative means, and our progress so far, please visit our website at www.kingcounty.gov/CSOBeachProjects.

King County will hold four public meetings in March to propose these alternatives and hear public input and questions.  They invite you to attend.

Schedule of meetings for West Seattle locations:

  • Barton/Fauntleroy, Thursday, March 18, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle Street
  • Murray/Morgan, Monday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle Street

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Urban Green Infrastructure Forum

Natural Solutions for Stormwater Problems

The Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition and the EOS Alliance present this free seminar.

Residents of Seattle are no strangers to rain…or the problems of flooded streets. In addition to being a nuisance, Seattle’s stormwater run-off impairs public safety, parking and vehicle mobility, traffic flow, and ultiamtely the natural environment. Our Seattle community needs a cost-effective and healthy method to deal with stormwater run-off. One solution is natural drainage, low impact development, or other green infrastructure improvements.

Join DRCC and EOS Alliance in Georgetown for a panel discussion and informational forum focusing on natural drainage in the Seattle area. A panel with members of the government, scientific community, and private sector will offer their perspective on the problem as well as opportunities, and answer questions from the community. Following the panel, there will be a breakout session to give attendees a chance to work in groups to discuss stormwater issues that they are facing. Bring pictures/information showing examples of stormwater problems in your neighborhood!

Panel Members Are:

RSVP to bkantner@eosalliance.org, re: “Green Forum” by March 5th

Refreshments and snacks will be served at 5:30 pm. The forum will start at 6:00 pm with a short introduction to stormwater issues, low impact development, and a local bioswale success story, followed by a panel discussion and Q & A. A breakout session will then lead into a discussion of participants’ stormwater concerns and concluding remarks.

For more information please email Ben Kantner at EOS Alliance at bkantner@eosalliance.org or call 206-762-2553.

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Duwamish Superfund Site 5-year Review Completed

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – In September the Environmental Protection Agency completed their second five-year review for the Pacific Sound Resources site (the Duwamish Superfund area). The review identified follow-up work which is planned for the next five years, including:

  • Revising EPA’s 1999 cleanup decision based on a better understanding of standards needed for long-term protection of ground water, surface water, and sediment (mud).
  • Gathering information to see whether contamination is entering Elliott Bay.
  • Adding more clean material to the sediment cap in the deepest water at the site.
  • Working with the U.S. Coast Guard to protect the cap by restricting use of large commercial boat anchors.
  • Evaluating indoor air quality at a maintenance building.

Contact Ravi Sanga (sanga.ravi@epa.gov) at 206-553-4092 or Cindy C. Schuster (schuster.cindy@epa.gov) or 206-553-1815 for more information. Hard copies are available for review at the EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center in Seattle.

Or, you can review most of the material at the EPS’s Puget Sound Resources webpage http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/PSR/.

Editor’s Note:  This was originally published late 2009 but is worth re-publishing because of the ongoing commitment to the Duwamish River Cleanup.