Wetland Restoration and “Lawn Diet” Grants

February 6, 2012

In 2012, King County Wastewater Treatment Division awarded Puget Creek Watershed Alliance a $40,000 grant over three years to restore Puget Creek’s headwaters at Sanislo Elementary School’s wetland. This school/community effort improved wildlife habitat and the natural sponge needed to filter the #1 polluter of Puget Sound – stormwater. Hundreds of trees were planted, ivy and blackberry replaced with woodchips and groundcovers, and students were taught about native plants. Garden Cycles managed the monthly workparties which ended in 2015.

In 2015, King County WTD also awarded a $20,000 grant to Sustainable West Seattle for “Lawn Transformations,” the purpose being to reduce the air pollution from mowing that is a component of stormwater (mowing contributes 5% of our nation’s air pollution), and to increase stormwater interception/filtration with healthier soils and evergreen vegetation. SWS choose Garden Cycles as the contractor for the yard make-overs.



Most recently, King County Flood Control District awarded $5,000 to restore backyard natural areas in the Puget Creek watershed in West Seattle. The grant stipulates the removal of invasives and restoration of native vegetation on three properties and adjacent right-of-ways.

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