Jun 29

Closing Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs to Add Support For Habitat Restoration Projects

Posted on June 29, 2022 at 3:15 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Thank you volunteers!We are saddened to let you know that after 20 plus years of monitoring and over 2,000 engaged volunteers, we are closing the Stream Team and Lake Monitoring Programs. In 1994 the Stream Team Program began with 5 streams and has since expanded to monitoring more than 20 streams around Pierce County. Since 2000, the Cities of Lakewood, Bonney Lake and Milton have participated in lake monitoring programs on 7 different lakes. We provided key watershed health data to our partners and agencies to help them make informed water quality decisions. This data was featured in PCD annual reports and quarterly newsletters to our partners and volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers for their many years of monitoring efforts.

Why are we making this change?

We decided to transition our Stream Team and Lake Monitoring Programs to a more robust Habitat Stewardship program where we will be working with community members to restore streamside habitat and improve habitat and water quality conditions. This transition will allow us to better serve and grow our active Habitat Stewards, support a larger community volunteer base to support those Habitat Stewards, and directly improve our local natural resources. 

Let Belinda (belindap@piercecd.org) know if you want to be involved in these efforts.

May 29

Silas High School Students Install Rain Garden

Posted on May 29, 2022 at 1:14 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

A student plants a tree at the rain garden at Silas High School.

State Senator Yasmin Trudeau visited Silas High School on March 31, to witness the culmination of an environmental learning project by the students in Breanne Willard’s plant biology classes. Through EarthGen’s Stormwater Stewards science program, the students installed a rain garden beside the campus greenhouse.

Willard’s four classes installed more than 200 native plants and trees. As the new plantings grow they will do more than beautify the campus; they will filter stormwater, attract pollinators, and complement classroom science lessons.

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Mar 03

Rain Gardens for Flett Creek

Posted on March 3, 2022 at 4:19 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

What does it take to create a Rain Garden and what role does community play in that? Anna Prestbo, an AmeriCorps member at Rebuilding Together South Sound tells the story of how she channeled her personal passion for clean water towards a new Rain Garden in central Tacoma!

A group of people building a rain garden

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