Dec 10

Water Quality Program Updates

Posted on December 10, 2020 at 8:24 AM by Allan Warren


Orcas Love Raingardens

In partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and several organizational groups PCD works to ensure all Tacoma students and their families will have access to educational, interactive raingardens, and will have opportunities to learn about the role of Green Infrastructure in protecting orcas.  Orcas Love Raingardens currently work with 10 schools and is growing in 2021 by adding two school rain gardens at Reed and Stafford.

Programming in 2020 looked a bit different this year due to the pandemic and we were not able to work with students in our traditional form; however, rain garden work continued!  Over the past summer we worked as staff and in small volunteer groups to enhance 7 rain gardens at 4 schools, installed 2 new rain gardens, and completed site needs at our Green Tacoma Day and Orca Recovery Day events with 20 hardworking volunteers. 

2020_FCMS10Work to establish new rain gardens will begin again in spring 2021.  We have a OLR Volunteer List of community and school folks who are interested in supporting this effort.  If you would like to be made aware of future volunteer opportunities to support this program, contact Melissa.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring

January 18th, 9am-12pm

Volunteer with us by spending 3 hours at one of 6 active sites in Puyallup or Fircrest. Activities will include ripping out invasive plants and planting native plants that support our local wildlife and pollinators. 

To adhere to COVID guidelines we can only have 4 volunteers at any one site, so RSVP fast toMLK Day get a spot!


If spots fill, don’t fret.  We will put you on our waiting list and create similar volunteer opportunities at one of our managed lands just for you.

Stream Team

*We are starting to schedule trainings for new Stream Team monitors right now. If you would like to be put on a waiting listing for a training, please contact Belinda at

Stream Team is a volunteer water quality monitoring program operating in Pierce County since 1994. Monitors measure pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, turbidity, water temperature, flow and record habitat observations on prioritized sites.

Goals include:

  • Watershed education
  • Involve the public in community science monitoring
  • Increase available water quality data
  • Identify areas of concern

Dec 08

Habitat Steward Showcase – Logan Cornwell – Pioneer Place II, Puyallup

Posted on December 8, 2020 at 8:51 AM by Allan Warren

Logan CornwellWe welcome one of our newest Habitat Stewards to the Green Puyallup Partnership, Logan.  He is an incredibly dedicated and passionate young man, and we hope to work with him for years to come.  Logan has chosen to focus his efforts at Pioneer Place II, which is currently in Phase 2 of our 4 Phase restoration process.  He will mostly be recruiting family and friends to help, but as soon as COVID restrictions are lifted he invites the public to join him.


My name is Logan and I am the habitat steward for the Pioneer Place II conservation site! I am a running start student in my senior year of high school right now and love to get out in nature. My goal is to work for the zoo or the parks service in the future, I'm interested in working in a wildlife conservation field. 

I look forward to learning more about habitat restoration and the history of the area while volunteering here!



It has been a pleasure working with Logan so far, we know our Pioneer Place II site is in good hands!

Help Protect Puget Sound - Become a Habitat Steward 

Learn how YOU can create and restore wildlife habitat at one of our sites across Pierce County – no prior experience necessary, just the desire to get outdoors.

Topics include habitat, restoration, native plants, invasive plants, building community, and much more!

  • Learn about the environment
  • Take ownership in Habitat Restoration at a site chosen specifically with and for you
  • Work outdoors
  • Gain a brand-new skillset
  • Get advice from technical professionals throughout the year

What you need to do: It’s simple! — Just sign up!

Just go to our Habitat Stewardship page to sign up using our online interest form.  We will then work with you to schedule a training to get you started.

For more information please contact Caleb Mott:

Dec 08

Local Water Quality Data - Crystal Springs Creek & Sequalitchew Creek

Posted on December 8, 2020 at 8:47 AM by Allan Warren

WQ Data