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THORNTON CREEK

WATERSHED RESTORATION PROJECT

OUR STORY

THORNTON CREEK

WATERSHED RESTORATION PROJECT

We are city dwellers who enjoy taking walks along Thornton Creek.  We love having this natural beauty right here in the City of Seattle free for all to enjoy!  


When we noticed a nearby channel of water that looked neglected, we wondered if we could create a project to improve it?  Other people had created bioswales to filter pollutants out of stormwater, so we wondered if we could too?  


One thing led to another, and we applied for a King County WaterWorks grant. We were thrilled when it got funded!!! Now we want to include everyone in our project!

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ABOUT OUR CAUSE

Since April 25, 2021, we have documented 15 cars that have fallen into this creeklet.  Illegally parked cars compact the soil, erode and damage the creek banks and pollute the water with toxins from their oils and other automotive fluids.  

Renee walks by this site, between Jane Addams Middle School and Nathan Hale High School, nearly every day.  She says it looks like a neglected "ditch" or puddle of water!  

But it's actually a tributary to Thornton Creek with water running through it year round!   

Our King County WaterWorks grant will prevent illegal parking, restore the landscaping around the creek and restore the ability of the soil to filter contaminants out of water entering the creek.

THORNTON CREEK ALLIANCE

Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) is a non-profit organization with an excellent track record of improving the Thornton Creek watershed.  


They generously agreed to volunteer their services to handle some of the administrative aspects of the project and support it in other ways.  

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DIRT CORPS

Dirt Corps is a small, local, woman-owned environmental company that provides training and education to folks interested in environmental careers.  

They are providing landscape contractor expertise for the project.  

SDOT

SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

We are partnering with SDOT to make the necessary improvements in the right of way for this project.

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SPU

Seattle Public Utilities​

SPU is providing guidance on water quality issues for our project. Our project site is located approximately 5 blocks from Meadowbrook Pond, where SPU has completed projects to reduce flooding and improve water quality. 

VOLUNTEER!

All are Welcome!

Our Oct, 2023, planting event has been POSTPONED!  

One of our partners, SDOT, discovered at the last minute that they needed to perform road repaid before installing curb stops to protect our landscaping.  In the long run, this will improve the project, but we need to postpone our Volunteer Planting Day for now.  

Please stay tuned - join the mailing list so we can notify you of our new planting date.  

Thank you for your continued interest in protecting the Thornton Creek Watershed!  

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Please join us for our Volunteer Planting Day!

NE 110th and 31st Ave NE
(between Jane Adams Middle School and  Nathan Hale High School)

All are invited to volunteer!

This will be a family-friendly event suitable for persons of all ages and abilities who are willing to help!  

We will meet rain or shine! (we will be closing the street for volunteer safety, and this requires setting a date in advance)

Volunteers planning to drive should allow extra time to find on-street parking and be prepared to walk 2-3 blocks from their cars to the site

King County Metro Bus Routes 372 and 65 can get you there:  

·      Route 372 stops at Lake City Way & NE 110th (walk down the hill)

·      Route 65 stops at 35th Ave NE & NE 110th (walk west towards schools) 

 

What to Bring:

·      Please come dressed for the weather in clothes that can get dirty or muddy and in shoes that will support you in walking on uneven ground

·      We recommend that you bring a water bottle and snack or lunch

·      If you want to wear gardening gloves, please bring your own

 

You can volunteer for an hour, for part of the day, or all of the day - to receive further details, please join our mailing list 

 

All tools, like shovels and wheelbarrows, will be provided

 

Some tasks will involve digging in the dirt, bending, kneeling, carrying plants and tools and spreading woodchips. You do not have to be able to do these tasks to participate - there will be tasks for folks of all ages and abilities

 

Everyone is welcome!  

THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  PRIMARY SPONSOR

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THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE KING COUNTY WASTEWATER TREATMENT DIVISION

AND THANKS TO OUR ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

HOW DOES THE SCIENCE WORK?

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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Upcoming Volunteer Events

  • Make a Donation to our Phase 2 Planting Fund!
    Make a Donation to our Phase 2 Planting Fund!
    Make Checks Payable to: tcwrestoration.org Mail Checks to: Renee Barton ATTN: tcwrestoration.org 4730 Univ Way NE, Suite 104 Seattle, WA 98105
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