Northwest NEWS

November 8, 1999

Editorial

Volunteers went above and beyond in supporting Sammamish ReLeaf

   The City of Bothell's Storm and Surface Water Utility would like to thank the community for its enthusiastic support of the Sammamish ReLeaf effort that took place along the banks of Horse Creek and the Sammamish River on Oct. 16.

   Over 200 volunteers attended the project to complete the planting of 1,600 native plants in less than two hours. After planting, volunteers continued to remove concrete and debris from the banks, spread compost, and help put away shovels and supplies. If brooms were available, the sidewalks would have been swept, too. Many of the event staff that helped with registration and planting supervision were volunteers, as well.

   This shared interest and ownership of the local natural environment will do more to protect water quality and preserve fish and wildlife habitat than any environmental organization or governmental agency can do alone. Without the help of volunteers, these labor-intensive projects would not have been possible.

   Future improvements at Horse Creek include streamside fencing, improvements to the cinder path, and interpretive signage.

   In addition to the hundreds of volunteers, we would like to thank several sponsors for their contributions of time, funds, equipment, and dump fees: King County WaterWorks grant; M.O. Carton & Sons Construction, Bobby Wolford Trucking & Salvage; Job-for-the-Environment; King Conservation District; Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement; Pentec Environmental; Girl Scouts Lena Anderson and Ashley Tracey; and Eagle Scout Taylor Evans.

   A special thank you is extended to regional sponsors for their generous contributions to all four locations that were planted as part of the Sammamish ReLeaf effort: American Forest, Eddie Bauer, Sammamish Watershed Forum, and Jamba Juice.

Jerallyn Roetemeyer, Program Coordinator, Storm and Surface Water Utility, City of Bothell