More and more of us are living in cities! As our planet, state and region become more urban, wildlife, water and other natural resources are at risk. One of the biggest threats to Puget Sound is stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is the biggest source of pollution to Puget Sound, affecting aquatic life and public health. Here’s why our iconic rainfall is an issue, and what we can do to help protect Puget Sound.
Knowing how much and where different types of land cover exist we can accurately predict how much and where stormwater will flow and how much pollution will enter each stream and on to Puget Sound.
Today, we are releasing a Request for Proposals to support the capacity of local organizations to implement tree planting throughout Puget Sound urban areas. Up to $250,000 in funding will be distributed.
Our priorities for the 2019 Legislature touch upon all our work, and all our lives, whether we live in the Palouse, along the coast, or in between. They include tackling climate change, protecting the natural and cultural wealth that makes Washington special, and improving equity in environmental policymaking so that all of us can benefit from cleaner, healthier air and water.
What is the image that pops up for you when you think “tree”? The Puget Sound Cities team is collaborating with non-profits, government agencies, businesses and more to support a healthy urban forest.
We are excited to announce the first six on-the-ground projects selected to engage communities in enhancing tree canopy in our cities and towns for the benefit of stormwater and human health.
Kent Hillside Church is now home to 50 garden plots, four cisterns, a tool shed and blossoming community.
Know a tree project that could use some seed money? We are seeking projects that will enhance the urban forest canopy, with specific focus on contributing to positive stormwater management, human wellbeing and other benefits.
The trees we walk by in our cities and towns provide a wide array of benefits — beauty, habitat for our animals and cleaning the air we breathe. But one benefit is often overlooked.
What do trees have to do with stormwater? They actually prevent water pollution, by reducing the amount of stormwater generated where there’s a good tree canopy.
When you start reimagining what a space could be without pavement, then you can start seeing opportunities for how the space can be used in a way to benefit people and nature.