March 13, 2012
Community events and family fun on tap for World Water Day celebration
Rain garden tours, kids’ activities at Brightwater Center, Seattle education expoCelebrate World Water Day with King County staff at a series of free educational events focused on pollution prevention and wise water resource management.
The fun kicks off on Saturday, March 17, from 10-11 a.m. at 738 S. Orcas (at Padilla) in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. King County clean-water utility staff will join neighbors and elected officials to cut the ribbon on Seattle’s first community-led rain garden project in the public right-of-way. The rain gardens support King County’s efforts to control stormwater that contributes to combined sewer overflows in the Lower Duwamish Waterway. Following the ribbon cutting and a brief ceremony to honor volunteers with King County’s “GreenStreets” awards, Cari Simson of Urban Systems Design will lead a tour of the rain garden project. For more information, contact Jo Sullivan at 206-296-8361 or email Jo.email@example.com.
On Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join educators from King County and IslandWood at Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 S.E. in Woodinville, for a variety of fun learning activities. Adults and kids of all ages are invited to explore the exhibit hall, investigate the creeks, dig in the pond for bugs, make fish prints, and learn about water’s vital role in a healthy ecosystem. Treatment plant tours are available for adults and children age 9 and up by pre-registering at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/brightwater-center/education/tour-plant.aspx or by contacting Susan Tallarico at 206-255-8663 or BrightwaterCenter@kingcounty.gov.
The City of Seattle will host the World Water Day Forum and Exposition on Thursday, March 22, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle. The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes representatives from organizations involved in water quality projects and programs, including King County’s clean-water utility. The noon program will feature speakers as well as a World Water Day proclamation by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
World Water Day 2012 will take place on March 22. The United Nations General Assembly established World Water Day in 1993. Learn more about World Water Day on the web at http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/.
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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, the environment and the economy by serving 17 cities, 17 local sewer districts and more than 1.5 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 nearly 50 years.