Online Resources, Photos and Talks from GSI Summit

This past February the City of Seattle was pleased to join Stewardship Partners, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Environmental Council, Washington State University, MIG-SvR Design, Boeing, Vulcan, and many other collaborators and sponsors to co-host the first Puget Sound Green Infrastructure Summit.

Resources, photos and talks from this Summit are now available on-line at: www.12000raingardens.org/summit/

Recruiting New Members for the Urban Forestry Commission

Photo by SDOT

The City of Seattle is looking for two new members to serve on the Urban Forestry Commission. The positions available are:

  • Position #3 – Natural resource agency or university representative
  • Position #8 – Development community or Non-City Utility Representative

The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) advises the Mayor and City Council on policies and regulations governing Seattle’s urban forest. The UFC meets on the first and second Wednesdays of each month and is staffed by the Office of Sustainability & Environment.

The ten-member UFC consists of a wildlife biologist; an urban ecologist; a representative of a local, state, or federal natural resource agency or an accredited university; a hydrologist; a certified arborist; a representative of a non-profit or non-governmental organization; a representative of the development community or a representative from a non-city utility; an economist, financial analyst, or Washington State license real estate broker; and a Get Engaged young adult.

More information on the Urban Forestry Commission is here.

Applications are due on December 4, 2015. These positions are appointed for a renewable, three-year term starting upon appointment and extending through December 1, 2018.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sandra Pinto de Bader (Sandra.Pinto_de_Bader@seattle.gov). To send a paper submittal, address it to: Sandra Pinto de Bader, Urban Forestry Commission Liaison, Urban Forestry Commission, Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Seattle, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1868. PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729.

Reducing water pollution with green approaches

Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading water quality threat to Puget Sound, the City has released a draft citywide Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy, outlining plans to accelerate green approaches for preventing this type of water pollution.

Rainfall rushing off hard surfaces like roads and parking lots can overwhelm our piped drainage system and cause back-ups and combined sewer overflows. The runoff also carries pollution directly into creeks, lakes, and other waterways. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) prevents overflows and pollution much like a forest would – by slowing and cleaning the water, and either reusing it or allowing it to soak back through the soil. Examples of GSI include roadside bioretention swales and street trees that manage street runoff; raingardens and cisterns that manage roof runoff; and green roofs and permeable pavement that are self-managing.

The draft Strategy sets an interim goal of managing 400 million gallons of stormwater runoff annually with GSI by the year 2020, summarizes progress to date, outlines a set of strategies and planned investments for accelerating the adoption of GSI in Seattle, and articulates a two-year work plan for City of Seattle departments.

The draft 5-year GSI Implementation Strategy is available for public comment through August 26. For more information, contact Pam Emerson, Green Stormwater Policy Advisor, pam.emerson@seattle.gov, 206.386.4507.

Submit comments electronically here.

Open House Event for Environmentally Critical Areas

(re-posted from DPD’s blog)

Seattle has five environmentally critical areas such as wetlands and wildlife habitat areas. How do we protect these environmentally critical areas (ECAs)? DPD is hosting an open house event for the update to our ECA regulations on Wednesday, February 25, 5:30-7:00pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall.    

The presentation will explain what and where environmentally critical areas are, how we incorporate Best Available Science, and how the ECA regulations protect critical areas. Learn about the Growth Management Act and how it influences updates and changes to ECA regulations. This event will help guide the effectiveness of our ECA policies and regulations.

In Seattle, environmentally critical areas include the following: wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, geologic hazard areas, flood-prone areas, and abandoned landfills.

More information about the ECA update is here.

Sat. 8/16 – Beacon Hill Volunteer Work Party

Tree Ambassadors build community and create investment in public green space.

Renew our urban landscape!  Come join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors in renovating the traffic triangle at 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S. Join your neighbors and help us take the first steps towards creating a wonderful landscape that all will enjoy by helping us pick-up trash, weed, and mulch. Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave & 15th at 9 am. Tools, gloves, safety vests, and snacks will be provided. Contact treeambassador@seattle.gov with questions.

9 am – noon
Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave S & 15th Ave S
RSVP here