Category: Keep Water Clean

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…

Soak Up the Rain: Build a Rain Garden at Home

Ah, springtime in the Pacific Northwest! The pitter-patter of raindrops falling steadily on your roof! Rain lasting for hours, if not days! Where does all that rain water go? Do your gutters send water down and away from your home?…

Change Your Habits for Puget Sound Starts Here Month

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month, a time for us to celebrate our connection to Puget Sound and our local bodies of water. Volunteer projects, workshops, special events and many other activities will be happening all around the Sound…

Don’t Drip and Drive

Ah, parking lot rainbows – those shining arcs and swirls of purples, greens and blues that appear in our parking spaces after a rain storm. They are so colorful, so beautiful, so… toxic! These rainbows form from drips and leaks…