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Funding supports grassroots efforts to improve air and water quality in Lower Duwamish neighborhoods

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Five projects that will help improve air and water quality in the Duwamish Basin earned $102,875 in funding through King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Green Grants program.

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Five projects that will help improve air and water quality in the Duwamish Basin earned $102,875 in funding through King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Green Grants program.

“The Green Grants support the community’s vision for vibrant, healthy neighborhoods around the Duwamish River by investing directly in people who are making it happen,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

King County awards Green Grants each year to groups leading grassroots environmental efforts that support County goals to protect the Duwamish River from new and ongoing sources of pollution and improve air quality in nearby neighborhoods.

This year’s Green Grants projects are:

  • Shrink Your Lawn and Clean The Air—The Joy of Not Mowing!: Puget Creek Watershed Alliance won a $20,000 Green Grant to help homeowners transform traditional lawns into an oasis of plants, trees and healthy soil to drink up stormwater and decrease the need for fuel-burning lawn mowers.
  • Duwamish Depave Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project: Stewardship Partners earned $27,600 in funding to get Highland Park neighbors involved in projects to remove and replace unneeded pavement with greener alternatives that soak up stormwater and help keep the air we breathe cooler and cleaner.
  • Moving Highland Park Improvement Club’s Greening Forward: Sustainable Seattle earned $44,725 to install a rain garden and permeable pavement at the Highland Park Improvement Club, which will beautify the facility while reducing surface water fees and preventing pollution in the Duwamish River.
  • Red Fish-Blue Fish: South Park artist Bill Owens and Puget Sound Sage earned a $3,500 Green Grant to create an accurate air quality monitor that will display real-time gas and diesel emission levels with an illuminated salmon art work.
  • Sanislo School Wetland Restoration: Garden Cycles and Puget Creek Watershed Alliance will receive $7,000 to continue their efforts to improve stormwater quality, conduct public education, and maintain plantings that were part of an earlier restoration effort.  

The Lower Duwamish Waterway Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and the Green/Duwamish Watershed Ecosystem Forum, which oversees salmon recovery in the watershed.   

View more information about WTD’s Green Grants on the website or email GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov.