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Early risers invited to join ‘King Tides’ festivities in South Park, Jan. 23 & 24

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Curious what sea level rise might look like in the future? Early risers can get a sneak peek at two family-friendly “King Tides” events hosted by the environmental non-profit group Sustainable Seattle.

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Curious what sea level rise might look like in the future? Early risers can get a sneak peek at two family-friendly “King Tides” events hosted by the environmental non-profit group Sustainable Seattle:

Friday, January 23, 7 to 7:30 a.m., McNeil’s Landing/8th Avenue South Park, 7797 8th Ave. S., Seattle

Saturday, January 24, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Avenue South, Seattle

King Tides are a natural occurrence caused by increased gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans when the sun and the moon align.

Though they’re not caused by climate change, these higher-than-normal tides may offer a glimpse of how sea level rise may impact local shorelines in decades to come.

Last summer, Sustainable Seattle earned funding through King County’s Green Grants program to educate the South Park community about potential impacts of climate change, and to spark discussion between community members and local leaders about future planning to protect vulnerable areas.

Events will offer information about the King Tides program and how people can get involved in climate change resiliency planning efforts.

There also will be snacks and hot beverages, as well as children's activities, photography tips and lots of opportunities to take and share photos with other King Tide viewers throughout the region.

King County’s Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. The Green Grants work, which supports grassroots environmental projects in the Duwamish Valley, is a key part of Executive Dow Constantine’s Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy.

Though partnerships with City of Seattle, University of Washington Green Futures Lab and the Bullitt Foundation, Executive Constantine’s goal is to better coordinate environmental investments among governments, nonprofits, communities and businesses across the 500-square-miles of region's critical watershed, which stretches 93 miles from the Cascades to Elliott Bay.

For additional information about the King Tides event, please contact Cari Simson at Urban Systems Design at 206-234-5102.

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