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  1. Tox-Ick Monster

  2. Today’s Schedule • 5 minute video of Tox-Ick Monster on film • 35 minute presentation on the problem of toxic runoff and the 7 things you can do to reduce it • 15 minutes for questions • OUR GOAL: To teach you three things you can • do to help restore Puget Sound. Please make sure to complete your card committing to actions you’ll take to reduce pollution.

  3. The Bad News: Polluted Runoff http://www.hugg.ca/stormwater-pollution-014722.php

  4. Polluted Runoff is “death by 1000 cuts” to Duwamish & Puget Sound According to Department of Ecology, approximately 14 million pounds of pollutants each year. http://www.sightline.org/research/pollution/res_pubs/stormwater.pdf

  5. What Makes the Puget Sound Sick? 14 Million Pounds of Pollutants EACH YEAR • Petroleum • Fertilizers • Pesticides • Copper • Lead • Mercury • Zinc • Phthalates • Paint • Bacteria • Plastics

  6. How Does the Water Flow?

  7. Salmon Species of Concern: Puget Sound Coho Salmon http://blog.nature.org/2009/11/nature-photo-of-the-week-spawning-coho-salmon/

  8. Orcas / Killer Whales Endangered Species: Southern Resident Killer Whales http://www.fws.gov/endangered/news/bulletin-summer2009/killer-whale-recovery.html

  9. Human HealthFish & Shellfish Unsafe to Eat

  10. Economic Impact http://www.statejournal.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=48710 http://water.epa.gov/aboutow/ownews/archive/csnews23.cfm http://www.djc.com/news/en/11180914.html

  11. The Good NewsThe Puget Sound Starts with You

  12. Seven Simple Actions Pick up Pet Waste Properly Dispose of Waste Use Car Wash Facilities Instead of Washing Cars on Driveways - Or - Wash Cars on Lawns Walk, Bike and Ride Public Transit Plant and Protect Native Evergreens Practice Natural Yard Care Keep Water in Your Yard with Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Porous Surfaces (You pick three things you can do for your commitment cards.)

  13. 1. Pick Up Pet Waste Create a Poop-Free Puget

  14. 2. Properly Dispose of Waste http://www.ci.loveland.co.us/publicworks/Stormwater/StormwaterQuality.htm EXAMPLES • Oil • Synthetic Fertilizer • Pesticides • Solvents • Paint • Cleansers • Antifreeze • Batteries • Plastics

  15. Properly dispose of paints, pesticides, batteries, cleaning products… etc. http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/index.asp

  16. DUMP NO WASTEDRAINS TO SOUND • Participate in, or organize a stormdrain stenciling event in your neighborhood (SPU provides materials) • Google “Seattle Public Utilities Stencil a Stormdrain” or go to: http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Drainage_&_Sewer/Keep_Water_Safe_&_Clean/RestoreOurWaters/Volunteer/StencilaStormDrain/index.htm

  17. Report Pollution • State Emergency Response (either a spill in progress or an oil/hazardous chemical sheen on surface water (streams, lakes, bays, sound) 1 (800) OILS-911 • City of Seattle Drainage Complaint Line (stormwater and surface water problems within city limits): (206) 684-7587 • Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Hotline (Non emergency, monitored during business hours): 1 (800) 42-PUGET

  18. Prevent Plastic Pollution http://animal.discovery.com/birds/ocean-gyre-birds/albatross-ocean-gyre-birds-pictures.html

  19. 3. Use Car Wash Facilities-Or- Wash Car on Lawn Photo from Puget Sound Partnership

  20. 4. Walk, Bike and Ride

  21. Hydrocarbons from Exhaust and Oil

  22. Ride with Spokespeople • Learn how to bike safely and comfortably for commuting and recreating in the city • Ride your bike with experienced riders • The Sustainable WestSeattle Calendar listsupcoming rides spokespeople.us

  23. 5. Plant and Protect Native Evergreens www.greenseattle.org

  24. Native Trees Madrone Douglas Fir

  25. Native Trees Western Hemlock Western Red Cedar

  26. Native Shrubs Evergreen Huckleberry Sword Fern

  27. Native Shrubs Salal Pacific Rhododendron Resources for Native Plants: Native Plant Society, Arboretum, King County website: http://green.kingcounty.gov/GoNative/Photo.aspx?Act=browse

  28. Protecting Evergreens fromInvasive Species Invasive species like English Ivy, Holly, Blackberry, Laurel, Clematis and Knotweed suffocate our native evergreens

  29. Ivy destroying trees and blackberry smothering tree starts

  30. Volunteer with Restoration Efforts

  31. 6. Practice Natural Yard Care Build healthy soil with compost and mulch Practice smart watering Think twice before using pesticides Practice natural lawn care

  32. Build Healthy Soils Without Synthetic Chemicals http://www.abundantfuture.co.uk/2008/12/08/feeding-the-soil-to-feed-ourselves/

  33. Bioremediation

  34. Fungi http://www.djc.com/news/co/cis.html?id=12009476

  35. Compost & Woodchips Woodchips Available At: Burien Bark, or Dirt Exchange in Ballard Organic Compost Available At: West Seattle Nursery, or E-Green Landscaping in Delridge

  36. Online Resources The Garden Hotline http://gardenhotline.org/ (206) 633-0224 • Plant care recommendations • Safe, natural solutions for pests & plant diseases • Water conservation methods • Natural lawn care solution • Composting advice King County Natural Yard Care Resources http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/index.asp National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat

  37. 7. Keep Water in Your Yard Permeable Pavement http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2004103861_pacificplife06.html Rain Garden http://www.eot.state.ma.us/smartgrowth/07toolkit/lid/regional_planning/LID/permeable_paving.html

  38. Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO’s) http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/toxic/cso.aspx

  39. Water Cisterns and Rain Barrels Rain Barrel $75 + tax http://www.earthsystemsnw.com/gallery.html http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Yard/Natural_Lawn_&_Garden_Care/BuyCompostBinsRainBarrels/index.htm 206-684-0190

  40. RainWise Learn More About How to Keep Water On-Site Through RainWise Resources Include PDF’s Rain Garden Handbook Building Rain Gardens Maintaining Rain Gardens Installing Cisterns Reducing Pavement Planting Trees Improving Soil with Compost Rock-filled Trenches Materials & Suppliers Plant Lists https://rainwise.seattle.gov/

  41. Stewardship Partners • 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound • Free workshops • How to Build a Rain Garden • Sample Rain Gardens • Map of Rain Gardens in Puget Sound • FAQ’s • stewardshippartners.org

  42. SUCCESS! Seattle’s Street Edge Alternatives Project (SEA Streets) 99% Reduction of volume of stormwater pollution using swales and trees and shrubs http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/qapp/biotrans_home.htm

  43. Vision A Puget Sound where citizens enjoy robust salmon, orca, and shellfish populations that support our economy and our well-being. http://www.barkleyadventurestation.com/ http://www.stewardshippartners.org/prog_lid.html http://news.softpedia.com/newsImage/6-Amazing-Things-About-Killer-Whales-Orcas-2.jpg/

  44. Questions? West Seattle Artist: Bill Reiswig

  45. What Three Things Can You DoTo Restore Puget Sound? Pick up Pet Waste Properly Dispose of Waste Use Car Wash Facilities Instead of Washing Cars on Driveways Walk, Bike and Ride Public Transit Plant and Protect Native Evergreens Practice Natural Yard Care Keep Water in Your Yard with Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Porous Surfaces