Join Sustainable West Seattle on Saturday, May 18, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the new Westcrest P-Patch. SWS members and members of the Westcrest P-Patch will be taking knowledge learned from the past two Successful Gardening with Nature forums and applying that knowledge to creating a new permaculture-oriented community garden, the produce of which will go directly to the White Center Food Bank.
The project is called Presto Garden and is possible through ..continue reading
Seattle Parks and Recreation would like to share the first draft of what they’re calling the Parks Legacy Plan, and to invite the public to come to one of the six public meetings planned in May to talk about the services Parks and Rec provides, how efficiently you think Parks and Rec deploys their resources, and your thoughts on the future of the parks system.
The draft plan is available online here: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/ and the schedule of meetings is below. If you can’t come to one ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle’s April Forum, a continuation of our Spring series “Successful Gardening with Nature,” will be on Monday, April 15, at the West Seattle Community Orchard. This time we’re looking at ”Designing the Perfect Garden.”
Before you start planting, start planning, it’s as simple as that. Successful food gardens are well planned to take advantage of natural features such as sun and shade as well as structural features like walls, concrete and fences. From pathways to the kitchen a good plan benefits plant to plant interaction, pest control, aesthetics, and ..continue reading
King County’s Water and Land Resources Division wants us all to take action to save Puget Sound.
Stormwater, or polluted runoff, is the leading contributor to reduced water quality in Puget Sound. Sustainable West Seattle and Tox-ick are already working to bring knowledge about stormwater to our members.
Learn more about polluted runoff, its impacts on the environment, how King County is addressing the issue, and how you can help.
To assist, King County has assembled a series of videos on ..continue reading
The Washington State Department of Ecology is about to start a Tacoma Smelter Plume Yard Sampling & Cleanup Program and has an open Public Comment Period from March 14 through April 29.
This year, Ecology will begin sampling and cleaning up residential yards. This “Yard Program” will focus on the most contaminated areas of the Tacoma Smelter Plume - Ruston, west Tacoma, and southern Vashon-Maury Island.
To see more information about the comment period information and to view the program ..continue reading
Join us Monday, March 18, at South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Center for a new approach to communtiy forums. Sustainable West Seattle is changing the way we conduct our monthly community forums.
For over 5 years SWS has had monthly meetings on the 3rd Mondays of the month to bring interested West Seattleites together over a variety of topics. Much has been learned and shared and many community alliances have been formed.
Now, a new concept is being ..continue reading
EPA has released its Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Duwamish River. This is an extremely important time since the community will only have 105 days to make sure that the chosen alternative is the most beneficial to all of us.
As always, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group and partners will be working with you and the rest of the community on informing, educating and advising you on the key issues of the plan and how to ..continue reading
Seattle Board of Park Commissioners opposes coal trains
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Gateway Pacific Terminal regarding its opposition to the passage of coal trains through the Seattle area. The letter is to be included as part of the official public comments in the Environmental Impact Statement.
In the letter, the Board expressed concern about air, water, soil and noise pollution, train accidents, park access delays, derailment and ..continue reading
Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for our Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program. Up to 50 applicants will be accepted into this unique program that includes 200 hours of instruction on how to be a naturalist and interpret the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.
The program is entirely free, and those accepted make a one-year commitment. Training includes 10 weeks of classes ..continue reading
King County contractors will be working at the County’s Murray Pump Station in Lowman Beach Park to replace the pump station’s wet well grating. The contractor will begin work the week of July 16. The project will take about a month to complete and will reduce access to the southeastern corner of Lowman Beach Park. Public access to the swing set, tennis court and beach will be ..continue reading