Tag: water

Yard Smart Rain Rewards

Do you live in the Juanita Creek watershed? Are any of your roof’s downspouts connected to Kirkland’s stormwater system?  If you answered “yes” to both of these 2 questions, then your property may be eligible for the Yard Smart Rain…

Sheet Mulch to Smother Weeds and Build Soil

When I first moved into my house, sheet mulching quickly became my new best friend in the quest to turn my front garden bed – a sea of weeds – back into something resembling a garden. Sheet mulching is a…

What’s Under the Storm Drain Grate?

With all our winter rainstorms, you can’t help but notice water running everywhere – off roofs, across lawns and sidewalks, down driveways and the edges roads. All that rain flows into stormwater drains and ditches that carry it away 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…