Water Under the Bridge: And Other Salmon-Safe Urban Updates

On September 19th, eighty Puget Sound region environmental leaders and design specialists joined us for the unveiling of the Aurora Bridge Bioswale Design in Fremont. Hosted by Salmon-Safe and Milstead Coffee and sponsored by the Boeing Company, the event was a celebration of the future Aurora Bridge Bioswale and its benefits to salmon and Puget Sound.

For more than 80 years, polluted runoff from Seattle’s Aurora Bridge has been discharged untreated to Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal, impacting migrating salmon and other aquatic life. This inspired environmentally innovative developer Mark Grey to join forces with Salmon-Safe to convene a multiple organizations in a partnership to treat runoff through rain gardens, including a three phase project at his Salmon-Safe certified Data 1 development project (Phase 1) adjacent to the bridge and his upcoming projects, The Watershed Building (Phase 2) and The Aurora Bridge Bioswale (Phase 3) an 850 ft2 bioswale under the bridge, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Fremont.

In addition to the reception at Milstead, our team also presented a Green Infrastructure workshop and tour for 40 students, teachers, and parents from the B.F. Day School. The school offers a strong curriculum for sustainability and urban ecology and was one of the first in Seattle to build a rain garden at its facility.

The Aurora Bridge Project Team is led by Salmon-Safe and includes KPFF for civil engineering and Weber Thompson for landscape design. Outreach partners include The Nature Conservancy, Stewardship Partners, Groundswell Northwest, and The 2030 District.

 

Skanska Seattle and Portland Practices Make a Zero Sediment Runoff Commitment to Salmon-Safe

Salmon-Safe welcomes Skanska to our Contractor Accreditation program. Skanska is the first construction practice in the U.S. to make a regional commitment to achieving Salmon-Safe accreditation across its Northwest operations. The Seattle and Portland offices are leading the way in a practice-based approach, applying best construction site management practices with the goal of achieving zero sediment runoff.  First piloted a decade ago in the Sammamish River watershed, Salmon-Safe’s construction management accreditation is the nation’s first independent accreditation program to recognize construction firms’ excellence in water quality protection practices.

 

 

Salmon-Safe Launches new Designer Accreditation Standards for Practice-Wide Watershed Commitment

Salmon-Safe’s new designer accreditation represents a commitment by professionals in a design practice to key principles related to urban watershed stewardship. Through thoughtful site planning, implementation of low impact design solutions and use of eco-friendly materials, site designers have the opportunity to contribute to the restoration of our urban watersheds. In this newest accreditation program from Salmon-Safe, we seek to partner with design consulting practices working on buildings, streets, parking areas, and related infrastructure with the intention of protecting downstream water quality and habitat while helping to restore urban ecological function. To learn more visit: https://salmonsafe.org/certification/designers/    OR contact Puget Sound Director, Ellen Southard, (206) 579-8645; ellen@salmonsafe.org

Welcome Eric Martin to the Stewardship Partners Team!

Erin Martin joined the Stewardship Partners team in 2018. Erin grew up among the badgers and sagebrush in southwest Idaho and moved to Washington in 2011. She completed two years in AmeriCorps with the Washington Conservation Corps, planting trees along rivers and tending trails in the Cascades. Erin has an MA in Environment and Community from Antioch Seattle, studying permaculture and community building. Through these experiences Erin has developed a passion for human ecology, restorative practices in social and environmental systems, and food justice. She enjoys hiking, being in/near water, vegan pizza, and dinking around her home garden.

New Partners in the Snoqualmie Valley

Partnership is a central characteristic of Stewardship Partners’ core values and is one of the reasons why our work has such wide-ranging impact. A great example of partnership is our recent collaboration with Aspect Consulting  to build the Carnation Elementary School Rain Garden.

In the summer of 2017, Owen Reese, a Water Resources Engineer with Aspect Consulting, contacted Stewardship Partners offering design, project management, and hands-on construction expertise for any volunteer opportunities with our 12,000 Rain Gardens program. The Carnation Elementary School Rain Garden provided the perfect project to exercise this exciting partnership.

Planting and engineering design for Carnation Elementary School Rain Garden. Design by Aspect Consulting/ Owen Reese.

Within a month of Owen’s first email, Aspect conducted a detailed soil analysis and sent us a professional garden design and planting plan, which were quickly approved by both school administrators and the school district. Aspect Consulting’s technical expertise immensely helps to complete projects quickly and efficiently. The Aspect team then returned a few months later to install this new rain garden, joining even more volunteers from the Carnation Elementary School Environmental Club. Today, the rain garden flourishes. From this successful rain garden project, we recently heard that that the King County Flood Control District agreed to fund a second rain garden at Carnation Elementary School through their Flood Reduction Fund. We’re thrilled to build this second rain garden and our partners at Aspect Consulting are already on-board to help!

Stewardship Partners and Aspect Consulting staff at the Carnation Elementary School rain garden ribbon cutting and volunteer event.

But Aspect Consulting’s professional assistance, volunteering, and pro-bono work doesn’t stop at rain gardens. Later this fall, we are teaming up with Aspect at Carnation Farms to engage their staff in an Adopt-a-Buffer – planting native trees and shrubs on one of our biggest restoration sites along the Snoqualmie River.

Inspired? You can help, too! Visit our volunteer calendar to sign up for an event that fits your schedule. Our volunteer events are a great way to be a stewardship partner and are fun for the whole family!

New Salmon-Safe Farms Map!

We are very excited to launch our new, interactive Salmon-Safe farms map! After updating the Stewardship Partners website, we realized that our old farm map was also in need of a face lift.

In an effort to better champion the dedicated farmers who have achieved Salmon-Safe certification, this new map aims to get our supporters and consumers throughout the region to connect directly with the farms. Each farm’s pin provides a brief bio/statement from the farm along with a few photos and a link to the farms website when applicable.

We hope you find this new map both insightful and useful. We invite you to learn more about these farms and find ways you can connect with them! And continue to check back as we add more farms to the map and update it with more information about farm crops.

Support Stewardship Partners While You Shop

Stewardship Partners has been selected as one of two non-profit recipients for the Bag Donation Program at Whole Foods Market.

Bring your reusable shopping bags when you shop at Whole Foods Market between October 1 and December 31, then choose to donate your 10-cent-per-bag credit at checkout. Funds raised will support Stewardship Partners programs that promote clean water and healthy watersheds throughout Puget Sound.

Participating Whole Foods Market locations include Lynnwood, Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Roosevelt Square, Interbay, Westlake and Chambers Bay. For more info and store addresses, visit wfm.com.

Word from the Board: Road Trip to Hansville

“Road trip!” was the operative instruction to Stewardship Partners’ board of directors. For September’s monthly board meeting, members grabbed early morning ferries from Seattle, then drove to Hansville at the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. There, board member Barbara Snapp welcomed all with breakfast in the beach front home that’s been in her family for three generations. Set on a high bluff with a spectacular view looking northwest over Puget Sound toward Whidbey Island, it’s obvious why the Snapp family treasures the house and the location. After a beach walk, and with sunny weather with just a hint of fall, the board opted to sit outside for the business meeting. Many thanks to Barbara for hosting. Wish that all board meeting venues were so welcoming and spectacular.

—written by Gene Carlson

I’m a Stewardship Partner Campaign

You may have recently seen the faces of some of our supporters artfully displayed on bus sides and web banners around town. These are part of our new “I’m a Stewardship Partner” public awareness campaign, thanks to the pro-bono hard-work of Jill Marshall and Janice Merlino of Merlino Media Group and Cal McAllister, formerly of Wexley School for Girls.

The campaign features photographs, treated by local artist and musician, Brandon Milner.  These feature a few of our community of supporters expressing how Stewardship Partners helps them become caretakers of our land and water.

In the coming months, this campaign will continue to be featured throughout the Puget Sound region. Look for “I’m a Stewardship Partner,” on billboards, bus sides, on the radio and in digital, print, social media and more.

Read about our partners at: https://www.stewardshippartners.org/im-a-stewardship-partner-campaign/

Green Solutions to Stormwater Runoff

By now, you have probably heard that stormwater runoff is a looming threat to our Puget Sound. But the good news is that there are ways we can slow down and filter stormwater runoff, preventing pollutants from making it into our precious bodies of water. This video created by Sightline Institute features our very own Aaron Clark speaking about green infrastructure solutions to polluted stormwater runoff.

Report from the Field: Fun in the Sun with one of our New Partners

We often reference our 1,000 cups of coffee model for building partnerships. We kind of live and thrive by it. We believe building successful partnerships entails a lot of listening while sitting down and having several cups of coffee, talking face to face, discussing respective missions and figuring out how a new partnership can be mutually beneficial. In our case with Tableau, over the past 4 years or so we have probably exchanged over 1,000 emails before we had that first cup of coffee together on July 13th, 2018 out at Carnation Farms. As part of our Adopt-a-Buffer program we connected Tableau with Carnation Farms, so they could learn about an incredible local food source steeped in history and to help us restore the riparian habitat on the farm. We have some huge restoration goals there over the next few years and we really wanted Tableau to play a role on making those goals a reality. It was a hot day, but volunteers worked hard to restore over 3,000 square feet of fish and wildlife habitat along the Snoqualmie River. We look forward to the next cups of coffee with Tableau this fall when we invite them back out to the same site to plant native trees and shrubs!

Think your company would be interested in volunteering with us? Reach out to Chris LaPointe to find out more about the Adopt-a-Buffer program and ways to get involved!

Beneficial Venture’s Awards Stewardship Partners their First Grant

On June 15th, Stewardship Partners was awarded the first Beneficial Reinvestment Grant at Beneficial Venture‘s (BV) Launch Party at The Collective, Seattle. As Washington’s first social-purpose full-service real estate company, BV felt that their mission to support green and sustainable development was a great match for our hands-on approach to protecting Puget Sound. We are honored to have been recognized as a leader in people-powered conservation solutions. A portion of proceeds from every commercial, residential and land transaction by a Beneficial Ventures broker is donated to non-profits that help people and the planet. Learn more at www.beneficialventures.com.