Public Invited to Review Gypsy Moth Environmental Documents

Comments due March 30 for seven proposed eradication projects

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are now accepting public comments on a proposed plan to eradicate introductions of gypsy moth at seven sites in Western Washington totaling more than 10,000 acres.

When a proposed treatment is being considered, state and federal laws require two environmental documents assessing the impact of the treatment on the environment. These documents must then be made available to the public for review and comment. The first of these documents, a draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is now available for review.

Visit WSDA’s gypsy moth web page at to review the document. Copies of the NEPA documents may also be viewed at the following libraries:

  • Washington State Library, Point Plaza East, 6880 Capital Blvd., Olympia
  • Vancouver Public Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver
  • Kent Library, 212 2nd Ave. N., Kent
  • Seattle Public Library (Capitol Hill Branch) 425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle
  • Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey
  • Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E, Fife
  • Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor

The second document, prepared in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), will be available for review at the same libraries and on WSDA’s website beginning March 16. Comments on both documents are due March 30.

The gypsy moth is the most destructive forest pest ever introduced in the United States and can also affect urban landscapes where the caterpillars feed on host trees, plants and shrubs. Gypsy moth has defoliated millions of acres of trees across states in the Northeast and Midwest.

This past summer, 42 gypsy moths were trapped – 32 European gypsy moths and 10 Asian gypsy moths. If the gypsy moth eradication project is approved, treatments will likely begin in April at all locations where Asian gypsy moths were caught and one site in Seattle where 22 European gypsy moths were caught. Three to five applications of a biological insecticide approved for use on organic food crops would be applied during aerial operations in the early morning, each four to 10 days apart.

For more information on the proposed project, background on gypsy moth or to sign up for notifications prior to any treatments, visit the website or call the WSDA toll-free hotline at 1-800-443-6684.

March Sustainability Education Network Newsletter



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The $31b ‘green’ branding of Vancouver


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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

Spring Tree Programs

There are two programs looking to help get discounted trees to residents this spring. The City of Tacoma, Pierce County, Pierce Conservation District, and other partners have teamed up to make it easy to purchase and plant trees.

Tacoma Tree Coupon
Two nurseries are accepting coupons from residents throughout Pierce County, who can get $15 off up to 5 trees. Vassey Nursery in Puyallup and Gardensphere in Tacoma are the two participating nurseries. Coupons expire April 1st so request yours now! Visit to get your coupon.

Tree Workshop and Discount Sale
On Saturday, February 27th the Conservation District is hosting its annual native plant walk-up sale. While there, get some tips from local arborists and Master Gardeners about trees and purchase large, discounted trees. Varieties include pear, apple, dogwood, magnolia, cedar, and many others.
Where: 5430 66th Ave E, Puyallup, WA 98371
When: February 27th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

6th Ave Market

Children’s Water Festival Volunteers Needed

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


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

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

Request for Qualifications

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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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PECO Net Announcements

A few of the announcements that came out of last week’s PECO Net meeting:

Nominations for Environmental Education Community of Interest steering committee are due November 25th. Contact Carrie Hernandez ( with nominations. Committee members receive $1000/year stipends.

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is developing a new environmental learning center on site, involving the Science and Math Institute. It will feature classroom and lab spaces. PDZA is also building a new aquarium, with the theme of sharing the ocean. They will promote stormwater and stewardship messaging, and are seeking input from partners on that messaging. Contact Amy Hale ( for more information on this opportunity.

In 2016, the City of Tacoma is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Foss Waterway cleanup effort. They are looking to partner in existing/planned community events to spread this message. Contact Shauna Hansen ( for more information.

Harbor WildWatch are beginning their salmon tours on November 21st at Donkey Creek in Gig Harbor. They are also organizing a speaker series at Gig Harbor area bars and restaurants. Contact Lindsey Johnson ( for more information.

University of Puget Sound is housing an exhibit on soils at the Collins Library through December 4th.

Don’t Drip and Drive was funded for the 3rd phase of the campaign. A fall 2016 rollout is expected, and there will be solicitation for community partners to help promote the effort.

The Puget Sound Starts Here committee is taking on more of a leadership role after PSP has scaled back their contribution to the campaign. You can post events to the Puget Sound Starts Here website and the Facebook page as well. Contact Tiffany O’Dell ( for more information.

The Children’s Water Festival is scheduled for March 15th, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound. This year the teachers have the opportunity to become Project WET certified. If interested in hosting a station or volunteering, contact Chris Towe (

Dave Ketter of Pacific Education Institute advertised training opportunities for the Drain Ranger curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. Contact Dave if interested (

Sustainability Internships with OEPS!


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: