Friday, April 24, 2015

Dive into Your Neighborhood

Whether you live in town, a cul-de-sac in a suburban neighborhood, or in a rural area outside of town - you are part of a watershed. The water that runs off of your driveway, rooftop, and yard makes its way into the nearest like, river or storm drain and, for most of us, eventually into Puget Sound. This is one way that our daily activities can help or harm the health of Puget Sound.

The Clear Choices for Clean Water program is a partnership between Thurston County Public Health & Social Services and Thurston Conservation District that helps people make choices to improve water quality.  Choices for which all of us are responsible, such as proper pet waste disposal, slow release fertilizers, and regular septic system inspections, can help us clean up and restore Puget Sound.

What: “Dive into Your Neighborhood” Watershed Tour

When: May 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Meets at Thurston County Public Health Department 412 Lilly Rd. NE Olympia, WA. The tour travels throughout Henderson and Nisqually Watershed.

Who: Residents of the Henderson and Nisqually Watersheds (There is a waitlist for non-residents who can join the tour if there is space.)

Cost: No cost! Register here or call Melissa Sanchez: (360) 754-3588 x105

Registration deadline is May 10, 2015.

The details...

Join us aboard a luxury tour bus for a fun and interactive experience in the Henderson and Nisqually Watersheds. The tour includes free local food, shellfish tasting, gardening & lawn care tips and more! Join your neighbors and learn about exciting things happening in YOUR neighborhood. 

The tour begins with refreshments and check-in at Thurston County Public Health Department, where we will uncover some of the mysteries of septic tanks. We’ll stop at several locations in Henderson and Nisqually watersheds to understand where our water comes from, where it goes and how our choices affect it. Join the tour for local beverages, shellfish tasting, music and more!  Once we’re back at the Health Department, you can sign up for Clear Choices and take home free native plants, fertilizers, compost and other items to help protect water quality for all of us.

Priority signups are for people who live in the Henderson or Nisqually Shellfish Protection Districts. Not sure if this means you? View the map below. People who sign up from outside of the two watersheds are place on a wait list. We'll let you know a few days before the tour if there is room for you and your guests. Spaces will fill up fast for this free family-friendly event. Register today!

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