King County awards $102,000 to community efforts to clean up Green/Duwamish
Friday, October 10, 2014
Source: Tukwila Reporter
King County Executive Dow Constantine awarded $102,000 to community-led clean-up efforts that support the Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy. The projects include helping lower-income residents install rain gardens, connecting residents with climate change experts, and removing unnecessary pavement.
“I’m proud to support grassroots efforts to improve the health of our communities,” said Executive Constantine. “By coordinating these actions with the work we’re doing with governments, nonprofits, and businesses, we will deliver the best outcomes for our investments.”
King County’s Green Grants program supports grassroots environmental projects that protect the Duwamish River by controlling new and ongoing sources of pollution and improving air quality in nearby neighborhoods.
This year’s grant recipients are:
RainWise Access Grants for the Duwamish
Stewardship Partners received $35,000 to fund access grants for the RainWise program to afford low-income homeowners in South Park and Highland Park an opportunity to participate in the program, which offers generous rebates to install rain gardens and cisterns.
Finding Our Way to the Future: Initiating a Duwamish Valley Climate Resilience and Adaptation Plan
Sustainable Seattle was awarded $30,000 to build a network of climate change outreach experts to help people better understand the impacts of climate change in the Duwamish Valley and encourage community involvement in resiliency planning efforts.
Depave the Duwamish
Sustainable Seattle was awarded $22,825 to encourage Duwamish Valley residents to get involved in projects to remove and replace unneeded pavement with greener alternatives that soak up stormwater and help keep the air we breathe cooler and cleaner.
Westcrest Dog Park Runoff Mitigation
Stewards of Westcrest Dog Park were awarded $7,500 to develop a stormwater management plan to stop pollution from flowing into the Duwamish River. Project volunteers will remove weeds.
South Park Planters
Christine Makela and Seattle Tilth’s Just Garden were awarded $7,500 to build raised bed vegetable gardens in the yards of the South Park neighborhood. The gardens will improve air quality and provide access to fresh and healthy food.
The Lower Duwamish Waterway Green Grants program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. For more information, visit Green Grants or email GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov.