Oct. 22, 2007
Education comes through volunteering at Brightwater habitat restoration event
More than 60 community members, including many school children and
scouts, have done their part to improve habitat along a salmon-bearing
stream while learning about native species at a Brightwater Treatment
Plant project land restoration project.
King County is
investing $8 million to restore 43 acres of underused, environmentally
damaged land on the north portion of the 114-acre Brightwater site.
Volunteers spent several hours on Oct. 20 planting hundreds of native
plants as part of the restoration project. They also learned about the
variety of plants native to this area, proper planting techniques and
how native vegetation benefits the environment and fish and wildlife.
This event is just one of the many educational opportunities that are
part of the Brightwater project. In the future, King County will
construct the Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
a state-of-the-art regional environmental education facility designed
with input from the community.
This multi-purpose facility, which will be built next to more than 70
acres of public open space and natural habitat, will create educational
opportunities where the public can learn about wastewater treatment
processes and the history of protecting water quality in the Puget
Sound region, plus wildlife and native habitat issues.
People enjoy clean water and a healthy environment because of King
County's wastewater treatment program. The county’s Wastewater
Treatment Division protects public health and water quality by serving
17 cities, 17 local sewer utilities and more than 1.4 million residents
in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Formerly called Metro, the
regional clean-water agency now operated by King County has been
preventing water pollution for more than 40 years.