Stories for WRIA 8*

Cedar-Sammamish Watershed

Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's Program activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.


City of Issaquah - Rainier Boulevard Street LID Improvement Project
The Rainier Boulevard Street Improvement Project used low impact development (LID) in a road reconstruction and sidewalk improvement project in Issaquah. It is one of the largest regional projects to use pervious asphalt on a city arterial street.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Cottage Lake: Watershed Education Helps to Protect a Valuable Resource
Since the early 1970s, King County′s Cottage Lake has experienced algae blooms due to excessive amounts of phosphorus entering the lake. A Cottage Lake Management Plan was created. Data from the plan aided development of the Cottage Lake water quality cleanup plan (formally known as a Total Maximum Daily Load) for phosphorus in 2004, followed by the Cottage Lake Water Quality Implementation Plan in 2007. Once the Cottage Lake Implementation Plan was complete, the Friends of Cottage Lake, a non-profit organization made of of local residents, and King County worked in partnership to develop the Cottage Lake Total Phosphorus Reduction Plan Grant, provided by Ecology′s Centennial Grant Program.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Curiosity Killed the Bacteria
Ecology's Northwest Region Office staff used inexpensive sampling methods to find a failing septic system, then worked with other governmental agencies to help the owners fix their system.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Low Impact Development Stormwater Grant Program: City of Redmond - Grass Lawn Park Phase III Project
The city of Redmond undertook the grass Lawn Park Phase III renovation project. The project incorporated several low impact development (LID) elements as part of the renovation. The city hopes to reduce stormwater runoff volumes with these improvements.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

North Creek Watershed - Fighting Flashy Flow
How the city of Mill Creek helped improved the health of North Creek flows and protected public and private buildings.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Shoreline’s Aurora Corridor Improvement
Approximately 40,000 to 45,000 vehicles and a large number of pedestrians use a 3-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue (Highway 99) between North 145th Street and North 205th Street in Shoreline, Washington every day. Between 1992 and 1996, vehicles struck 42 pedestrians and 38 percent of those accidents were fatal or disabling. Buildings, roadways, and parking lots covered approximately 97 percent of the area in hardened surfaces. The inadequate stormwater system contributed to downstream flooding, erosion, and pollution problems. The city’s initial goal was to address pedestrian and traffic safety concerns. They also wanted to help improve the local economy, the environment, and replace the inadequate stormwater system at the same time.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Too Much Water in the Neighborhood: Neighbors Find Stormwater Infiltration Provides many Benefits
Stormwater management in Snohomish County historically consisted of engineered delivery systems associated with impervious developed areas. A Snohomish County grant project pilot study began in 2004 to implement green infrastructure retrofits to stormwater facilities within existing neighborhoods and to educate and involve the public in stormwater management. Outreach activities reconnected residents to their natural areas in order to ensure the long-term health of these areas for the purpose of natural stormwater management.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Wheel-of-Water turns heads toward terrific new behaviors to protect aquatic treasures
Ecology found a way to compete for attention at fairs and other events while getting our water quality message across in a fun and entertaining way. A very impressive 30-inch "Wheel-of-Fortune"-type device engages people using a solid and attractive spinning wheel that could be safely manipulated by even small children, and brightly colored graphics from Water Quality′s series of light-hearted graphics from the "Washington Waters – Ours to Protect."
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Whither Woodinville Wine Wastes?
Winery wastes in a Woodinville drainage ditch let to a series of "teachable moments" for the local wineries, and good collaboration between the city, King County, and Ecology.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

* The Department of Ecology and other state resource agencies frequently use a system of "Watershed Resource Inventory Areas" or "WRIAs" to refer to the state's major watershed basins.


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