Author Archives: Betsy Adams

About Betsy Adams

Betsy Adams is an Environmental Education Outreach Specialist for Kirkland Public Works. From working with volunteers along Kirkland’s creeks to hosting gardening classes in Kirkland’s neighborhoods, Betsy focuses on helping our local creeks, lakes and wetlands. She’ll share ideas how residents can make simple choices to prevent water pollution and to protect our local waterways.

Paint Green (Even When Your Paint is White)

Is painting a room in your house or maybe your whole house on your “to do” list? A fresh coat of “Jungle Vine Green” or “Morning Hush White” can be a great pick-me-up for tired-looking walls, but did you know…

Puget Sound Starts Where?

From the peaks of the Cascade Mountains, to the shores of Lake Washington, and all the way to Seattle’s waterfront, we all live in the Puget Sound watershed. It’s a long journey for a drop of water, but the raindrops…

Dino Coffee?

Here’s a “mind-blowing” thought for you… water is OLD. The water that you used to brew your morning cup of coffee – or that you might be sipping right now – could possibly be the same water that a dinosaur…

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Don’t Drip and Drive

We see them every day on the road while driving to work, while parking the car at the grocery store and just about everywhere else that a vehicle with four wheels can possibly go: stains on the pavement formed from…

What will you do to help Puget Sound?

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month. The goal of this month is to raise awareness that Puget Sound is in trouble due to a variety of pollution sources, and to empower residents to make a difference through simple actions…

I Heart Kirkland Trees

Back when I first graduated from college, I led tree-planting projects throughout the Cascade Foothills. Rain or shine, volunteers would bundle up in their rain gear and join me every weekend to trudge through the woods, sometimes sinking up to…

Help Prevent Local Flooding

It’s that time of year again, when days get colder and wetter and leaves start to fall from the trees – many right on top of the 12,000+ storm drains located throughout Kirkland. These leaves and other debris can block…

Stream Bugs! Gauging Stream Health

At the end of each summer, staff from the Public Works Department put on their rubber boots and head out to local creeks to collect samples of stream bugs. The scientific term for these creatures is “benthic macroinvertebrates” (benthic =…

Dealing with a Mossy Roof the Environmental Way

Ah, moss… that beloved (or loathed) and ubiquitous Pacific Northwestern plant. Unlike ordinary landscape plants, mosses don’t have vascular systems to carry water and nutrients, so they must have a damp environment in which to grow. It thrives in our…

Clean Cars, Clean Creeks

Few people realize that washing a car in their driveway is an environmentally un-friendly  chore. Unlike our household wastewater, which goes to the sanitary sewer for treatment, car wash water – a mixture of water, soap, oil, dirt and other pollutants…