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Water Tenders to celebrate 25 years

  • Written by Wendy Walsh, Special to the Weekly

Bear Creek Water Tenders is hosting a 25th anniversary celebration, open to the public, at Mary Cash Farm, on Sunday, September 15, at 3:30 p.m.

The group will be grilling hamburgers and veggie burgers and will have a 25th anniversary cake for dessert.

Members will also provide the paper and plastic ware for meals. Participants are asked to bring an appetizer or salad and their own drinks.

Water Tenders will have a variety of posters, booklets, flyers and newsletters on display to illustrate its rich history. 

Water Tenders has been working diligently the past 25 years to maintain and protect Bear Creek, its headwaters, creeks, streams and wetlands that make up the Bear Creek Basin.

The event will celebrate, acknowledge and reconnect with the Water Tenders volunteers and members, past and present, who have helped make this accomplishment possible.

Residents of Bear Creek Valley have been active since 1967 protecting the unique ecosystem.

Its many streams host one of the best salmon runs in Washington state.

Members have fought for protective land use zoning, and were instrumental in initiating Washington state comprehensive planning.

California developers tried, and failed, to put a sewer lagoon on Bear Creek, which energized the residents to protect the local area’s unique environmental assets.

Water Tenders was formed in 1989 after a battle to put the Woodinville Library on Avondale Road, instead of in the Mary Cash Farm wetland, which became a protected property of public ownership.

Mary Cash Farm is located at the intersection of Woodinville-Duvall Road and 182nd Avenue Northeast.

Overflow parking will be available  across the street in the upper parking lot of the Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church and preschool located at 18350 NE Woodinville-Duvall Place.

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