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Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA)
Volunteer Cooperative Grant Program
Grant applications will be accepted from December 1, 2013 – February 28, 2014.
Over the years, WDFW’s ALEA Grant Program has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations who have undertaken a variety of projects that engage volunteers and benefit Washington’s fish and wildlife resources.
ALEA grants are in high demand; therefore, we follow a competitive process to select recipients. If interested, read below for more information about the program and how to apply.
The ALEA Grant Program funds five major types of projects; however, others may be considered.
Details are here!
The more we at GSP learn about Seattle’s Parks Legacy Plan, the more worried we get. This Plan basically determines what the Parks Levy or Parks District will fund, and it currently under-funds the Green Seattle Partnership by $1.5 million every year. We need $3.6 million in capital funds every year to restore our forests by 2025, and the Plan only includes $2.1 million per year.
We need you to show the Plan’s Citizen Advisory Committee that Seattle cares about GSP! There are two things you can do, and one is very easy:
1. We need everyone to email the committee:
More information about the Parks Legacy Plan: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/.
With winter coming on, it’s already time to think about spring planting! Next year’s growing season begins with the King County Conservation District annual Native Bareroot Plant Sale, set for Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The District offers a wide variety of native trees & shrubs for home landscapes and conservation purposes, including wildlife habitat, windbreaks, hedgerows, reforestation and stream enhancement.
The plants are bareroot stock, which means they are affordable and easy to plant. It is best to pre-order your plants, the sooner the better, as some varities can sell out.
Permit # 3015115
Details and additional links are here.
Environmentally Critical Area
40% Steep Slope
Accepted Permit: Land Use Application to allow a 6-story congregate residence with 150 bedrooms in an environmentally critical area. 1,990 sq. ft. of retail and 2 live-work units (1,985 sq. ft.) will be located at grade. Parking for 51 vehicles will be located within the structure.
This site was formerly used as a gas station, but the permit history indicates that the polluted soils were removed in 2002. It is situated directly on top of Little Brook Creek which is housed in a 24’ culvert until it crosses NE 125th. The construction documents imply that since the creek was legally culverted it is now legal to ignore the presence of the creek. The Little Brook detention pond is just across NE 125th.
The comment period is extended to Nov. 20th, 2013. (Thanks, Bonnie Miller!) E-mailed comments should go to PRC@seattle.gov and reference permit # 3015115. Some in the community are very concerned about the parking and traffic impact. We would like to see the Little Brook Creek daylighted at this site. Failing that, it would be helpful if the culvert could be replaced with a more fish-friendly one. It would also be for the best if run-off water from the site could be reused in the plumbing and irrigation systems.
Seattle Parks is drafting standards for mountain bike trails in the natural areas. One would expect them be similar to Portland, Oregon’s standards, which are here, on page 31. This would mean ripping out plantings to create a minimum 40’ line of sight and trail widths of six to twelve feet when you factor in the one foot margin on either side. The impetus for this is a grant request from the stewards at Cheasty/Mt View on east side of Beacon Hill. They view it as a way to reduce crime in the natural area and accelerate restoration. Their trail plan is here.
In addition to drafting these standards Parks is planning to ask for a change in the code for Seattle’s natural areas. Right now, only passive uses are permitted. In order to allow mountain biking Parks will ask for a code change to allow active uses.
We feel that the primary focus of the urban natural areas should be forestry and habitat development. Since urban mountain bike trials are so heavily used, many, or even most, of Seattle’s natural areas cannot function as intended under the burden of this new use. The Thornton Creek Natural Areas in particular tend to be small and closely follow the creek. We are working to get at least these exempted from consideration.
We are pleased to report that we have been in communication with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways; they understand and are sympathetic to our concerns. After all, we do have some common goals! The conversation is continuing. We hope that together with some of the bicycle groups we can develop standards that will help protect our fragile, urban natural resources.
The Seattle Urban Forestry Commission is beginning to look at the issue. The Seattle Parks Board had an interview with Parks’ trail planner at their Nov. 14th meeting. Only one commissioner fully grasped what is at stake here. The majority seems to be leaning toward asking for the policy change and allowing one trail for a couple of years as a pilot project. The commission will issue a recommendation in January.
If you would like to send in comments here’s how:
Parks Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks Trail Planner: David.Graves@seattle.gov
The following letter came from Seattle Public Utilities to introduce some discussion by the Federal Emergency Management Agency concerning floodplain mapping in the Thornton Creek watershed. A meeting took place; whether or not you attended, you can find more information in the links the letter contains.
I want to share the details of a public meeting coming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on October 2nd, 2013 to talk about their floodplain maps for Thornton Creek.
As you may recall, the City of Seattle conducted a “flood insurance study” in the Thornton Creek watershed on behalf of FEMA in 2009, which FEMA has been reviewing and editing per its technical standards.
FEMA published the “preliminary” maps this month. Once finalized, the new “Flood Insurance Rate Maps” will replace the maps currently in use by insurance agents and mortgage companies (effective since 1996).
According to protocol, FEMA requested that Seattle Public Utilities assist in getting the word out and providing introductory comments in an Open House format. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the College Center Building at the North Seattle Community College (9600 College Way N., Seattle, 98103). Seattle Public Utilities informed affected property owners via mail this week.
The meeting will focus on: how the maps are developed, what the process is for appealing and/or finalizing the maps, and how they are used. Attendees can request FEMA to look up their addresses in real time, see what the flood risk is to their homes, and learn more about flood insurance.
If you are unable to attend, the draft FEMA maps can be viewed at: http://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/. Regarding any questions on the technical mapping process, please contact FEMA’s Map Service Center at (877) 336-2627 or RegionXHelpDesk@starr-team.com. If you have specific comments or would like to submit an appeal, please e-mail SPU_Floodmaps@seattle.gov or write to Timothy Lowry c/o SPU, Suite 4900, P.O. Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124. Comments must be received in writing by the end of the appeal period, 90 days after the maps are announced in the Seattle Times (likely November 2013-February 2014).
If you have further questions, please contact Timothy Lowry at (206) 684-4150 or email@example.com.
Take care, Holly
Drainage & Wastewater Planning, Policy, and Regulations
Seattle Public Utilities
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Bx. 34018
Seattle, WA 98124-4018
Fit for Life columnist Nicole Tsong is all in for working hard and doing good for the planet by volunteering with EarthCorps, the nonprofit Seattle-based organization dedicated to environmental restoration and developing community leaders.
The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes.
Participants in the program receive:
Applications for the 2013 Trees for Neighborhoods program will open on July 31.
Applications will be available at http://www.seattle.gov/trees/treesforneighborhoods.htm
You must live in Seattle to be eligible.
Apply early! Trees go quickly.
Street trees are also available.
See our Upcoming Events for important application dates.
In either October or November (you choose), pick up your trees and attend a planting workshop so you know how to introduce your tree to its new home.