The King Conservation District has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to help enhance an urban stream running through the North Creek Business Park and community sports fields.
The grant will fund riparian enhancement on Parr Creek, which will be accomplished by collaboration among
the King Conservation District, the City of Bothell, and the surrounding Bothell community including businesses and residents.
The project will demonstrate ways King Conservation District works with local communities to protect and enhance urban creeks. Riparian enhancement of the creek will improve water quality by removing invasive weeds and planting native species that will eventually grow to shade the creek and provide cooler, cleaner water downstream to the Sammamish River.
These improvements will also enhance habitat for fish, bird and other wildlife and will beautify the section of the creek that runs adjacent to trails and ball fields.
“Working partnerships are critical to the future of environmental stewardship today,” says City of Bothell Public Works Director Erin Leonhart. “Bothell is excited to provide hands-on learning opportunities for children and adults in the Bothell community in partnership with the King Conservation District, local educators, and small business.”
A key component of the restoration project will be the participation of the North Creek branch of Woodinville Montessori School.
Students will help with restoration, gather data, and monitor the impacts of the stream’s water quality improvements over time.
“Woodinville Montessori School is thrilled to hear that the King Conservation District has received this grant.
“It has long been our desire to help restore Parr Creek to a more natural state,” says Woodinville Montessori Elementary and Junior High Program Director Nancy Kestek. “Working with the District and other groups will provide our students with the perfect opportunity to participate in an environmental stewardship project, literally in our own backyard, that can have lasting impacts.”
The Rose Foundation award comes from the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grant making fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment. For more information visit www.rosefdn.org/section.php?id=153.