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Mar 05

Water Quality Updates and Spring Events

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 12:28 PM by Allan Warren

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AmeriCorps service members on our National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) work crew helped remove over 1,600 sq. ft. of invasive weeds at Whittier Park as part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring restoration events.

Successful Urban Tree Sale
Our Urban Tree Sale of 2018 was a great success, having sold over 250 trees. We were able to educate over 85 individuals or families about how to properly place, plant and care for the trees that they purchased, ensuring that those trees live long, healthy and happy lives.

Over the last three years, we are proud to have distributed a total of 665 trees to 236 individuals throughout Pierce County. We aim to continue this tradition, helping community members purchase trees at discounted prices, and teaching the impact trees have on mitigating stormwater throughout Pierce County.

Our Urban Tree Sale of 2019 will begin taking shape this spring, with our workshops taking place this upcoming fall. If you are interested in adding trees around your home and learning about the many benefits trees provide for us in our urban spaces, follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date!

Water Quality Reports
2018 water quality reports can be found on the Stream Team website: https://piercecd.org/248/Stream-Monitoring

We had another great year of monitoring streams within Pierce County. Our Stream Team monitors continue to be our “eyes and ears” of the watersheds, alerting us to issues and communicating the importance of protecting water quality.

If you have questions about the reports or are interested in becoming a Stream Team monitor, contact Belinda at belindap@piercecd.org

A big THANK YOU to all the folks who spent their Martin Luther King Jr. Day improving the green spaces in our communities. 46 volunteers across two sites were able to plant 60 trees, remove over 1,600 square feet of invasive weeds, and spread 10 yards of gravel and 10 yards of fresh mulch. Here, volunteers help improve a path at Whittier Park in Fircrest. Other volunteers helped at our Silver Creek Restoration site. Pg 11 photo
Spring Bucket List: Start Your Rain Garden!
Our Spring workshops will take place on the upcoming dates:
  • April 18th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Pierce Conservation District 
  • April 27th, 10:30am – 12:00pm, City of Tacoma EnviroHouse 
  • May 16th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Pierce Conservation District 
Are you looking to transform your yard into something truly beautiful this year? Come and join us for an informative workshop all about rain gardens! Learn about rain garden benefits, how to create and maintain your own, and how Pierce Conservation District can help you along the way.

Within these workshops, you will learn about: 
  • The importance of rain gardens, and how they can bring life and functionality to your yard.
  • How to plan, design, build and maintain your very own rain garden. 
  • Selecting the best flowering plants and colorful shrubs to showcase outside your home. 
Our staff is excited to help you create your perfect rain garden! To RSVP contact Micah at micahr@piercecd.org

Earth Day Work Parties
Silver Creek Work Party:
Saturday, April 27th
9:00am – 12:00

The Silver Creek Habitat Stewards will be hosting a work party to celebrate Earth Day! Join us in providing care to existing trees and shrubs. Work parties are held quarterly at Silver Creek. If you are interested in attending a Silver Creek work party, contact Caleb at calebm@piercecd.org

Whittier Park Work Party:
Saturday, April 20th
9:00am – 12:00

Join the Whittier Park Habitat Stewardship group in Fircrest on Earth Day! The group is making progress removing the invasives and replacing them with natives. Work parties are held quarterly at Whittier Park. If you are interested in attending a Whittier Park work party, contact Caleb at calebm@piercecd.org