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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Washington Wild is joining Friends of the Cedar River Watershed to Celebrate Earth Day on April 20th!

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to reclaim the 
Cedar River Watershed Education Center for native plants! 

Cedar River Watershed Education Center (source)
The Education Center sits on a site with a rich and varied history. The many invasive plants that – until recently – have crowded out native species around the Education Center represent part of our past. Volunteers will help reclaim this area for native plants that are good for fish and wildlife; reshaping our future by removing invasive blackberries, sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) seedlings, and other invasive plants along Rattlesnake Lake to prepare the ground for planting native trees and shrubs later in the year. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take a free, guided tour of the protected watershed during the event!

Date: Saturday April 20, 2013
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Meeting Place: Cedar River Watershed Education Center (19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE North Bend, WA 98045)
For more information: Click here

If you live in Seattle, chances are excellent that your tap water comes from the Cedar River Watershed. From the Friends of the Cedar River website:  
“The upper watershed is a protected area known as the Cedar River Municipal Watershed. About 90,000 acres, or 143 square miles, is owned by the City of Seattle and managed as an ecological preserve to provide drinking water for about one million King County residents. The municipal watershed is one of only six protected watersheds in the country, and is the only municipal watershed owned by the people it serves.  
Chester Morse Reservoir- Drinking water holding area (source)
It takes over 100 million gallons of water per day to fulfill the water needs of the communities that drink the waters of the Cedar. The forest acts as a kind of natural water filtration system. As a result, the Cedar River is one of the few rivers in the United States used for drinking water without requiring specially fabricated filtration. Chester Morse Lake is the main storage reservoir of the Cedar River Watershed system. Pipelines route water to the Seattle area from Landsburg Dam at the western edge of the protected watershed. Public access is restricted and the area is being managed to promote old-growth forest conditions in order to protect water quality. Costing rate-payers less than one half of one cent per day, users of Cedar River water have access to some of the cleanest, least expensive, and best-protected water in the world.” (source)

A tour of the protected watershed is an amazing opportunity to see the source of Seattle’s drinking water! Volunteering on Saturday is a fantastic way to contribute to the health of your watershed! 

Washington Wild works to protect Washington’s wild waters
Washington Wild works to protect Washington’s watersheds through various place-based campaigns. Currently we are working on protecting wild waters in the following campaigns: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions, Wild Olympics, Cascades Wild, and Volcano Rivers.


Follow these links for more information about the Cedar River Watershed:
Seattle Public Utilities  
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

If you would like to volunteer on Saturday, please RSVP to Christine Scheele (christine[at] no later than Thursday April 18th.

P.S. – After improving the Cedar River Watershed, there will be a Brewshed gathering at Snoqualmie Brewery (8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, WA) in Snoqualmie at 3:30pm. The Brewshed project celebrates the link between water from clean healthy watersheds making better beer. Watershed improvement and watershed/Brewshed celebration all in one day?! Yes! This event is open to folks of all ages! Click here for more information.

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