Stormwater Retrofit and Salmon Habitat: Community Engagement in Eatonville

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Presentation by Erica Guttman and James O'Keefe of Native Plant Salvage Foundation, April 18, 2014

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Stormwater Retrofit and Salmon Habitat: Community Engagement in Eatonville

  1. 1. Project  Update: Stormwater  Retrofit & Salmon  Habitat:  Community  Engagement in  Eatonville Native Plant  Salvage Foundation
  2. 2. Project Background/Partners • US EPA • Nisqually Indian Tribe • Nisqually River Foundation • Nisqually River Council • Nisqually River Education Project • Nisqually Stream Stewards • Town of Eatonville • Eatonville High School • Washington Conservation Corps • WSU Extension
  3. 3. Outreach &  Education • Joint workshop  with NREP staff – recruitment of  initial students • Recruitment of 3  EHS students (& 1  parent) for 2013  NSS classes • 15 classroom  workshops  • Over 400 students
  4. 4. Early  Involvement • Reviving existing  rain gardens • Storm drain  stenciling • Eatonville Salmon  Fest
  5. 5. 8 Core Students, 2 Teacher Advisors • Developed community  college credit option • Developed HS extra  credit option
  6. 6. Core Students: 5 trainingsCore Students: 5 trainings • LID overview • Rain gardens  science • Site assessment  protocols • Communication  with business  owners
  7. 7. Core Students: 5 trainingsCore Students: 5 trainings • Measurements • Site elevations • Materials  calculations • Rain garden  plant options
  8. 8. Ms. Kristi Simpson, Teacher/Advisor Hanna Kenny Kyanna Aryana Ms. Brynn Utela, Teacher/Advisor Others: Rachel Josie Maddie Cassidy
  9. 9. Outreach to Business Community • 50 individuals via  Chamber of Commerce &  Lions Club presentations • Personal communications  with 11 business owners  and associated  businesses (landlords,  maintenance staff)
  10. 10. Seeking … • Sites that will make a  difference; access • Business owners excited to  participate • Community spirit & concern  for water resources • Commitment to maintenance • Long‐term assurances • Eager to work with youth • Desire to share ideas &  creativity
  11. 11. Students Put Learning to Work
  12. 12. Site Assessments & Plans
  13. 13. Site 1: Eatonville HS •2 Rain Gardens •Cisterns too
  14. 14. Site 2: Kirk’s Pharmacy
  15. 15. Owner Highly Motivated!
  16. 16. Arbors & Cisterns Likely Additions
  17. 17. Site 3: Cruiser Cafe
  18. 18. Site 4: D.L. Anderson Insurance
  19. 19. D.L. Anderson Insurance
  20. 20. Site 5: Pet Pruners Grooming & Supplies
  21. 21. Site 6: Rainier Connect
  22. 22. • Cisterns • Planter boxes
  23. 23. Other Potential SitesOther Potential Sites • Rainier View Dentistry  (new concerns) • Sears (out‐of‐town  landlord) • Lion’s Club (space  limitations) • Bruno’s Restaurant  (pervious pavement?) • Eagles Club 
  24. 24. If Budget Allows …
  25. 25. Next Steps • Finalize plans &  agreements with  business owners • Plant procurement • Seeking safe plant  storage locally • Cistern procurement • Other logistics lined  up (materials,  volunteer  recruitment,  equipment, etc.)
  26. 26. Possible Installation DatesPossible Installation Dates •• May 9, 10 (EHS)May 9, 10 (EHS) •• May 27, 28May 27, 28 •• June 9June 9‐‐1111 •• June 16June 16‐‐1818
  27. 27. FollowFollow‐‐up Actionsup Actions •• Planting plansPlanting plans •• SignageSignage •• Maintenance plans/schedulesMaintenance plans/schedules •• LongLong‐‐term care instructionsterm care instructions

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