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King Conservation District Grant Program
2015 Grant Awards

The King Conservation District awards grants for projects that directly enhance natural resources, provide education and outreach to increase public awareness, build capacity for natural resource improvement projects, and implement pilot or demonstration projects.

In 2015 KCD awarded $1,163,355 in grants to more than 30 public agencies and nonprofit organizations across King County. The KCD grants were matched by more than $3,500,000 in local funds. Below is a list of the funded organizations with brief descriptions of their projects.

Adopt-A-Stream Foundation - Thornton Creek Streamkeepers Rain Garden Program     $35,000
Improve the quality of stormwater runoff that drains into Thornton Creek by expanding awareness of water quality problems and low impact development solutions, such as rain gardens and native riparian landscapes. For more information contact Les Meade, 425-316-8592,lesm@streamkeeper.org

Beacon Food Forest- Beacon Food Forest Stewardship Education Series     32,681
Learn about caring for the land and the community with stewardship techniques in an urban setting. Lessons include rehabilitating soils and the wetland on site by planting native plants and how to grow and manage perennial forest food crops. For more information contact Melanie Coerver, 206-399-3880, melanie.coerver@gmail.com

City of Auburn - 2015 Auburn International Farmers Market Marketing & Promotion     $20,000
Continue support for marketing and promotion of the Auburn International Farmers Market with paid advertisements, social and printed media, and educational demonstrations from partner organizations. For more information contact Julie Krueger, 253-266-2726, jkrueger@auburnwa.gov

City of Bellevue - Ivy Out     $60,000
Develop habitat enhancement plan involving community and partner volunteers for a one-acre demonstration project in the Lake Hills Greenbelt, with interpretive materials to raise awareness about the negative effects of English Ivy. For more information contact Curtis Kukal, 425-452-4195, ckukal@bellevuewa.gov

City of Bellevue -  Energy Outreach Campaign     $30,000
With help from the youth-based Eastside Energy Corps, promote energy conservation best practices in schools and homes to help Bellevue win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize for the most energy saved in two years. For more information Paul Andersson, 425-452-6129, pandersson@bellevuewa.gov

City of Bellevue- City Hall Green Roof     $40,000
Replace current gravel and concrete area with a 3,000 sq ft demonstration green roof outside the 3rd floor deli. Measuring and reporting before and after temperatures, water runoff, positive design aesthetics, and reducing glare and heat. For more information contact Emma Johnson, 425-452-5246, ejohnson@bellevuewa.gov

City of Bothell - Sammamish River Side Channel Restoration     $40,000
Reconnect and restore ~1,100 ft of an old remnant channel and floodplain of the Sammamish River by installing two concrete box culverts to increase habitat and floodplain functions. For more information contact Andy Loch, 425-486-2768, andy.loch@ci.bothell.wa.us

City Fruit - Right-of-Way to Mini-Orchard     $15,620
Enhance and steward underused or unmaintained rights-of-way (sidewalks, pathways, streets, and alleys or larger areas), including education and recruitment of community volunteers in food insecure locations. For more information contact Catherine Morrison, 360-602-1778, catherine@cityfruit.org

City of Clyde Hill - Arbor Day Celebration     $2,002
Celebrating the benefits of trees for the 22nd consecutive year with 5th graders from Clyde Hill Elementary through tree related poem and poster contests, planting, and giving away native trees. For more information contact Courtney Benjamin, 425-453-7800, courtney@clydehill.org

City of Issaquah - Lower Lewis Creek Restoration     $75,292
Improve 1,800 linear feet of juvenile Chinook and Kokanee salmon habitat in the lower reach of Lewis Creek, a tributary to Lake Sammamish, by installing boulders, large woody debris, and other bio-engineering techniques to control soil erosion. For more information contact Kerry Ritland, 425-837-3410, kerryr@ci.issaquah.wa.us

City of Kent - Green Kent Partnership Year 6     $55,827
Support the following activities: 5-10 new acres of restoration, maintenance of previously enrolled acres, temporary employee to support 20 volunteer stewards, field crew support, and regional partnership with Forterra. For more information contact Victoria Andrews, 253-856-5113, vandrews@ci.kent.wa.us

City of Kent - Green Kent Partnership Year 7     $62,605
Continue implementation through stewardship of 5 new acres and maintenance of more than 500 acres of urban natural areas with support from volunteers, contracted crews, an intern, and Forterra. For more information contact Victoria Andrews, 253-856-5113, vandrews@ci.kent.wa.us

City of Kirkland - 2016 Implementation of 20 Year Restoration Plan     $25,595
Continue support for the Green Kirkland Partnership through volunteer event management to aid in maintenance of 60 acres in restoration at 10 target parks, planting 800+ native plants and recruiting at least 2,000 volunteers. For more information contact Sharon Rodman, 425-587-3305, srodman@ci.kirkland.wa.us

City of Mercer Island - Calkins Point Shoreline Restoration     $35,000
Address the ongoing shoreline erosion at the northernmost point of Luther Burbank Park by creating a pocket beach and a more gradual slope to the shoreline with spawning gravel and large woody debris in addition to a wall to protect park features. For more information contact Alaine Sommargren, 206-275-7879, alaine.sommargren@mercergov.org

City of Renton - Renton Farmers Market Promotion     $10,500
Increase fresh and local food in the city with expanded marketing efforts and new promotional opportunities to increase the number of shoppers by 10% (goal of 54,000 for 2015) and revenue to farmers by 10% from 2014 ($240k). For more information contact Carrie Olson, 425-430-7214, clolson@Rentonwa.gov

City of Sammamish - 2015 Stormwater Outreach     $23,276
Adapt and present a hands-on classroom stormwater pollution prevention workshops for third through fifth grant students at up to ten elementary schools, plus development of an interactive booth at three community events. For more information contact Tawni Dalziel, 425-295-0567, tdalziel@sammamish.us

City of Seattle - Good Food Program Orchards and Gardens     $16,000
Provide stewardship supplies for Seattle Park's orchards and gardens, such as rain cisterns, pollinator plants, mulch, and food growing supplies. For more information contact Belinda Chin, 206=615-1811, belinda.chin@seattle.gov

City of Seattle - P-Patch Program Stewardship Supplies     $16,000
Provide stewardship supplies to maintain P-Patch sites, such as compost, hoses, seeds, and fertilizer. Partner with the King Conservation District to promote soil testing to P-Patch gardeners. For more information contact Rich Macdonald, 206-386-0088, rich.macdonald@seattle.gov

City of Seattle - Green Seattle Partnership Stewardship Supplies     $7,000
Provide stewardship supplies, including cisterns for irrigation, mulch, tools, plants, and/or shovels for restoration plantings at various sites. For more information contact Michael Yadrick, 206-615-1046, michael.yadrick@seattle.gov

City of Shoreline - Twin Ponds Vegetation Management Plan     $18,300
Map and describe the existing conditions of Twin Ponds Park and use this information to develop a comprehensive inventory of the natural resources present on the site in order to recommend site specific maintenance and restoration activities. For more information contact Maureen Colaizzi, 206-801-2603, mcolaizzi@shorelinewa.gov

City of Shoreline - Soak It Up Rebate Program Survey    $10,900
Ealuate effectiveness of the Soak It Up rebate program’s ability to meet NPDES requirements conducting a phone survey of 400 residents. For more information contact Uki Dele, 206-801-2451, udele@shorelinewa.gov

City of Shoreline - Our P.A.T.C.H Greenhouse     $25,000
Install a greenhouse, design internal arrangement with adults input, and purchase supplies such as tools, soil, seeds to expand a program for disabled adults to learn how to grow food, manage a food growing operation, and how to make healthy food choices. For more information contact Courtney Brown, 425-453-7800 courtney@clydehill.org

City of Shoreline - Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Habitat Restoration     $18,023
Continue restoration efforts with a goal of restoring an additional 1/4 acre, removing invasive plants, installing bioengineering techniques on steep slopes and native plants, and maintaining 2 acres of previously restored areas. For more information contact Maureen Colaizzi, 206-801-2603, mcolaizzi@shorelinewa.gov

City of Woodinville - Tree Games/Arbor Day Celebration     $1,250
Expand yearly Arbor Day celebration to inlcude youth educational activities, tree demonstration workshops, and native tree saplings distribution. For more information contact Jenny Ngo, 425-877-2283, jennyn@ci.woodinville.wa.us

Duwamish Tribal Services - Longhouse Upland Reforestation & Native Plant Restoration     $19,235
Reforestation of 5,800 sq ft of steep property in conjunction with work on adjacent City of Seattle properties while engaging the public and raising awareness of the Duwamish native culture and its relationship to the restored ecosystem. For more information contact Nancy Sackman, 206-431-1582, nancy.sackman@gmail.com

Earth Corps - Duwamish Alive Stewardship Supplies     $7,000
Provide stewardship supplies, including cisterns for irrigation, mulch, tools, plants, and/or shovels for restoration plantings at various sites. For more information contact Sharon Leishman, info@duwamishalive.org

Fauntleroy Watershed Council - Kilbourne Ravine Riparian & Buffer Project     $21,203
Achieve full forest restoration of the 2.5 acre ravine by eradicating invasive plants and replanting with natives in cooperation with private and public landowners. For more information contact Judy Pickens,  judy_pickens@msn.com

Forterra - Seattle's Tree Ambassadors/Releaf Program     $6,000
Provide stewardship supplies, such as pollinator-friendly plants for traffic triangles, ornamental grasses, native groundcovers, and other low maintenance plants for areas previously covered with weeds along roadways. For more information contact Andrea Mojzak, 206-905-6920, amojzak@forterra.org

King County Agriculure Program - Keeping Farmers Farming     $205,000
Provide ongoing support to promote farmers markets, increase water for irrigation, identify and enhance lands for farming, regulatory changes to support agriculture, and assistance with agricultural permitting. For more information contact Steve Evans, 206-477-4687, steve.evans@kingcounty.gov

Little Red Hen Project - Delridge Learning Garden     $10,169
Convert an unproductive lawn to raised beds on a slope that will be designed to self-water and fertilize, along with a strawberry tunnel, and an outdoor seating area for classroom space to demonstrate urban agriculture practices to youth and the community. For more information contact Katie Kadwell, 206-409-8308, katiekadwell@gmail.com

Magnuson Community Center - Nature Education for All     $22,918
Provide a broad range of educational and community-building benefits to a diverse and underserved group of low income Seattle families and schools through fifty free 90-minute environmental education field trips in and around Magnuson Park. For more information contact Marc Hoffman, 206-684-7018, marc.hoffman@seattle.gov

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust - Discovery Park Parking Lot Restoration     $21,000
In partnership with Seattle Parks, the community will be engaged in clearing of invasive weeds and planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs. For more information contact Mackenzie Dolstad, 206-382-5565 X 29, mackenzie.dolstad@mtsgreenway.org

Newcastle Weed Warriors - Newcastle Earth Day 2015     $9,000
Promote sustainable living practices through educational opportunities about backyard wildlife habitat, native plants in landscaping, rain gardens, controlling invasive weeds, and using natural alternatives to pesticides. For more information contact Grace Stiller, 425-228-7927, gracestiller@comcast.net

Seattle Parks Foundation - Cheasty Greenspace Education Signage    $34,689
Provide environmental education opportunities through creatively designed, tactile signage and learning modules throughout the greenspace. For more information contact Shava Lawson, 206-200-9669, Shava@seattleparksfoundation.org

Seattle Parks Foundation - Yesler Swamp Restoration     $31,940
Restore 6 acres of wetlands along Lake Washington by planting native plants, hiring a wetland scientist to coordinate volunteers, and construct a viewing platform for environmental education and community access. For more information contact Carol Arnold, 206-200-9669, carol.s.arnold@gmail.com

Seattle Tilth - Urban Food Project     $40,000
Expand efforts to connect families with limited access to locally and sustainably grown produce with food grown by underserved and homeless youth, African refugee elders, and beginning farmers at various demonstration farms. For more information contact Jenny Thacker, 206-633-0451 X 114, jennyyhacker@seattletilth.org

Seward Park Audubon Center - Tenacious Roots: Youth Leadership for Conservation Action     $ 11,400
Empower young adults from low income/high poverty schools to build healthy urban forests in their neighborhoods and share their knowledge of how to protect and advocate for healthy habitats in their communities. For more information contact Kim Bowen, 206-652-2444, kbowen@audubon.org

Stewardship Partners - Eckstein Middle School Demonstration Rain Garden     $15,000
Install demonstration rain garden in partnership with WSU Extension Master Gardeners, students, parents, and teachers by de-paving 2,000 square feet of asphalt to capture runoff from surrounding pavement and reduce stormwater drainage into the sewer system. For more information contact Lisa Haglund, 206-292-9875, lisa.haglund@wsu.edu

The Common Acre - Creston-Duwamish Transmission Corridor Restoration & Nursery     $20,810
Implement pilot project with Seattle City Light, Alleycat Acres, and Friends of the Hill to increase native pollinator habitat in the transmission corridor with native plants. For more information contact Bob Redmond, 206-786-5715, bob.redmond@icloud.com

White River Valley Museum - Mary Olson Farm Environmental Education     $12,120
Support Auburn School District field trips to the farm with scholarships, interactive teaching aides, educational equipment, and trained tour guides. Patricia Cosgrove, 253-288-7437, pcosgrove@auburnwa.gov