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March Sustainability Education Network Newsletter

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100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years

Tacoma Methanol Plant Project On Hold As The Company Pauses Environmental Review

The $31b ‘green’ branding of Vancouver


The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

Elwha: Roaring back to life

Seas are now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say



See how our friends at WSU Puyallup are working with Boeing to find a new way to make permeable pavement work better.




Attend the South Sound Sustainability Expothis Saturday from 10am – 3pm at the Tacoma Convention Center.


Drugs Flooding Into Puget Sound — and Its Salmon

Organic Farming Better Suited To Climate Change, Study Finds

Rain Gardens Could Make Runoff Safe for Salmon


Earth sets 9th straight monthly record

Portland is first U.S. city to make protection the default for all new bike lanes

When Will Our Meat-Filled Diets Go Post-Animal?


March 5th South Sound Sustainability Expo

March 5th Foothills Dash 1mile, 5K, 10K

March 15th Ride the Bus with Rick Talbert

March 19th Mason Bee Workshop

March 26th Fruit Tree Education Series

Children’s Water Festival Volunteers Needed

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The Tacoma-Pierce County Children’s Water Festival is March 15th at the University of Puget Sound. Over 1000 5th graders will be converging on the campus for a day of fun and learning related to water resources. The Teachable Moments blog, part of the Environmental Education Community of Interest, recently posted about the Festival. Volunteers are needed to guide classes ound and assist with the numerous activities that day. Visit the Pierce Conservation District website to download a volunteer form.
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More opportunity for public input on Occidental cleanup site in Tacoma

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TACOMA – As work progresses toward cleaning up contamination at the Occidental site near the Hylebos Waterway, the public is invited to share input at a Jan. 30 open house and public hearing hosted by the Washington Department of Ecology.

 Hazardous substances have been found in groundwater, soil and sediment at the Occidental site at 605 Alexander Ave. in Tacoma, which was used for industrial activities for decades and became contaminated with chlorine and chlorinated solvents, caustic soda, ammonia, calcium chloride and muriatic acid. Operations at the site stopped in 2002 and the remaining buildings were demolished.

The open house and public hearing are for the public to discuss the draft contamination report, called the remedial investigation. That new draft study will be used in determining the extent of contamination at the Occidental site, and how best to move forward cleaning up the site. Children are welcome at the meeting.


Ecology Public Hearing and Open House

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

Open House: 9:30 a.m.

Public hearing 10:30 a.m.

Center at Norpoint (4818 Nassau Ave. NE, Tacoma) 

The comment period began Oct. 23, 2015, and the public is invited to submit comments throughout the public comment period, which is being extended until Feb. 1, 2016. During the hearing the public can offer oral and written comments on the investigation report. Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1, and can be sent to:

Kerry Graber

Southwest Regional Office – HWTR Program

PO Box 47600

Olympia, WA 98504-7600

2016 Children’s Water Festival – You’re Invited

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The Pierce Conservation District would like to invite you to participate in the 2016 Tacoma-Pierce County Children’s Water Festival.  The Festival provides a unique and valuable opportunity to reach hundreds of Pierce County youth with important messages about the importance of water quality and conservation.  This year, we are expecting over 1000 5th graders to attend so we need your help!

Please join us on March 15th, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound as a presenter or as a volunteer.  Presenters are needed to offer a fun hands-on activity, dynamic presentation, or exciting exhibit to share with the students.  Volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of roles, including activity assistants, class guides, registration, general support, and others.  Attached are the two invitations and applications, depending on which role you would prefer.  Please send in your completed forms as soon as possible.  If you would like to be part of the Festival as an activity host but don’t have one ready to go, let us know – we may be able to provide you with one.

 We are expecting a full house, so help us spread the word and share this invitation with co-workers or others partners who might be interested in hosting an activity at the Festival.  We could not put on this event without the help of our many partners.  Visit the Pierce Conservation District website to learn more about the Festival.

Thank you in advance for supporting the 2016 Children’s Water Festival.  We look forward to having you join us for this exciting event!

Jayme Gordon & Chris Towe

Festival Coordinators



Chris Towe, Habitat Improvement and Environmental Education Program Coordinator
Pierce Conservation District
PO Box 1057 | 5430 66th Ave. East | Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: 253.845.9770 x112 | Fax: 253.845.4569

Promoting the conservation of renewable natural resources in Pierce County since 1949. 

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RFQ for Floodplains by Design Monitoring Plan

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Request for Qualifications

RFQ 2016-01-08

Floodplains by Design Monitoring Plan


The Pierce Conservation District is accepting proposals from qualified consultants to work with the Puyallup River Floodplain by Design stakeholder groups to develop a monitoring plan for floodplain health, flood management, agricultural viability, and community access.

Proposals will be due prior to 4:00 p.m., February 8, 2016.

Interested consultants will need to obtain a complete Request for Qualifications Package from:

 Pierce Conservation District

Attn:  Isabel Ragland

253.845.9770 x103


For information about the District on the internet, visit

Isabel Ragland, Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager
Pierce Conservation District
PO Box 1057 | 5430 66th Ave. East | Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: 253.845.9770 x103 | Fax: 253.845.4569

Promoting the conservation of renewable natural resources in Pierce County since 1949. 

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Sustainability Internships with OEPS!

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The Office of Environmental Policy & Sustainability (OEPS) is looking for two enthusiastic, community minded staff members!   We are hiring (1) paid intern for our Healthy Homes, Healthy Neighborhoods: Hilltop program, and (1) paid contractor for our Hilltop in Motion program.  The deadline for both positions is this Sunday, 10/18. 

Both positions pay $12/hr and are part-time positions.  Both position descriptions are available online at:


Community Event Season

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It is that time of the year where community events pop up around Pierce County. Here is a quick list of some that are coming up where PECO Net partners will be involved. Let me know if there are others and I’ll be sure to add them to the list.

  • Northwest Outdoors Building at Washington State Fair in Puyallup
    Through September 27th
  • Kids fishing, archery, art activities and more


  • Salmon Homecoming
    Puyallup Hatchery (1416 14th St. SW, Puyallup)
    October 3rd from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Salmon viewing, kids activities, food trucks, music and more.


  • Fall Family Garden Festival
    WSU Master Gardener Demo Garden (2607 W Pioneer, Puyallup)
    October 10th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Kids activities, music, composting, tree sale, healthy snacks and more.


  • Pierce County Library DIY Fest
    Sprinker Recreation Center (14824 C St S, Tacoma, WA 98444)
    November 7th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Speakers, demonstrations, food and more.


  • Go Green Games!
    Date: TBD
    Family event with games, exhibits, food and more.

Shorebirds Workshop to Benefit Slater Museum of Natural History on 8/6

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Dennis Paulson Lecture, Thursday, August 6, 6:45 – 8:45pm, at UPS Thompson Hall room 175
Join the Advanced Birding Club and top nationally recognized birder Dennis Paulson presenting:
This photo-illustrated lecture will treat the natural history of Pacific Northwest shorebirds, discussing in depth their foraging, migration, and breeding. Learn why shorebirds are even more interesting than you thought! Dennis Paulson has studied these far-flying birds for years and has written two books about them.


Dennis Paulson, retired a decade ago from being Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound (UPS), has been a professional biologist and naturalist all of his adult life. He began studying natural history as a boy and is a world expert on dragonflies. He is the author of nine books, including Shorebirds of North America and Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, and 90 scientific papers on birds and dragonflies. He is the primary instructor for the Master Birder program run by Seattle Audubon and occasionally by Tahoma Audubon.


This is a fundraiser benefitting the Slater Museum of Natural History at UPS


Lecture Location: Thompson Hall, room 175 on the University of Puget Sound Campus. Park in the parking lot at N 14th and N. Union.  Thompson Hall is on the north end of the lot.


Please contact Diane Yorgason-Quinn to reserve your place in the class.


You’re Invited – Go Green Games August 29th

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A very special event is coming to the Puyallup area on August 29th. The Go Green Games, hosted by WayOut Kids and Rodney Raccoon, will feature activities, competitions and entertainment that focuses on protecting the environment. There will be mascots on hand, including Rhubarb from the Rainiers and Blitz from the Seahawks. The event is looking for sponsors, vendors and volunteers to help make it happen. If you would like to register as a vendor or volunteer, please contact Paulette Peterson at Tahoma Audubon (, 253.565.9129).

Go Green Games Poster

What: Go Green Games
Where: Meridian Habitat Park and Community Center (14422 Meridian East, Puyallup, 98375)
When: Saturday, August 29th