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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 18, 2014
Missy Ayres, City of Lacey Water Resources Assistant at


The South Sound's regional Stream Team partners—the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County—along with Washington State University (WSU) Extension, are recruiting volunteers to train and serve as "Stormwater Stewards." The program works with local residents to help reduce pollution in our local waterways and Puget Sound from stormwater runoff.

Volunteers receive training in many aspects of on-site stormwater management including rain gardens, water-wise plants, pervious pavements, vegetated roofs, and more. Trained volunteers use their new expertise to work in teams to provide guidance to homeowners who want to do their part to protect local waterways and Puget Sound.

Classes and hands-on field trainings will be held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate work schedules. Landscaping professionals are also encouraged to take part in the certification program. The training dates are Thursday evenings in May and June, beginning May 8, with field days on June 21, 28 and July 12. Applications are due by April 28, and training scholarships are available.

To learn more, download the recruitment packet and application at www.nativeplantsalvage.org/becoming-a-stormwater-steward, or contact WSU Extension at stormwater.stewards@gmail.com or (360) 867-2167.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3