Vashon Nature Center, with support from Rose Foundation, conducted citizen science research that revealed impacts of stormwater in watersheds on Vashon-Maury Islands. This spurred a collaborative, multi-year effort to improve conditions. Funding is now secured for the first downtown stormwater improvement project to install a series of rain gardens in the headwaters of Shinglemill Creek, and construction could happen as early as this winter!
Vashon Nature Center (VNC) is excited about this success and seeking support from the Rose Foundation to work in partnership with King County Groundwater Protection Committee (KCGWPC), Washington State University stormwater lab (WSU), and the local community to make this project a model of community-based stormwater reduction.
VNC will coordinate a team of volunteer stormwater ambassadors of all ages, aka the Storm Water Action Group (SWAG), who will monitor stream invertebrates, water quality during storms, and salmon populations, before and after rain gardens are installed, and share their results with the community. We are also working with the WSU stormwater lab to create a stormwater monitoring toolbox- a set of citizen-science based research protocols that we can share with other groups around Puget Sound who are interested in engaging volunteers in stormwater research and monitoring.