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Jack Mahr

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Jack Mahr
Photo by Jim Richardson You can make a difference in our watershed’s health and resiliency by planting perennial plants. Perennials, unlike annuals, are plants capable of strong, lasting root systems which are incredible for retaining groundwater, adapting to climate change, and sucking up Co2! As residents of the Clover Creek...

Brennan LaBrie

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Brennan LaBrie
Photo courtesy of Claire Todd Dear Pierce County Surface Water Management Division, Imagine if all of Clover Creek looked like this restored area, if all its concrete lining was torn up, its natural curves restored, and its native plants brought back. Native marine plants and wildlife would come back, and...

Emma Mickelson

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Emma Mickelson
Photos courtesy of Claire Todd Dear Pierce County, The PLU students in ENVT 350 course are enjoying a picnic after an exciting afternoon of collecting samples at Mayfair Playfield! The plants, stream organisms, and birds also deserve to have an environment where they can enjoy a picnic too. To address...

Nathan Buegler

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Nathan Buegler
Photo courtesy of Claire Todd Dear Pierce County, The county should remove channelization and pavement on the bottom of creeks in the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed. These modifications were designed to prevent flooding, but they have many adverse effects. Although it would be a substantial financial investment, it would be a...

Nicole VanGuilder

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Nicole VanGuilder
Photo from Jacob Peterson at https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/9d2a3e4184ac4279a20cef5346c0de1d Restoring riparian zones is essential to the health of urban streams. A healthy riparian zone can help reduce in-stream temperature, provide nutrients and energy, and naturally filter water runoff and pollutants. Although funding salmon restoration programs can provide species-specific care, restoration supporting riparian zones...

Aminda Cheney-Irgens

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Aminda Cheney-Irgens
Photo from the Pierce County Photo Gallery, https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/gallery.aspx?PID=568 Dear Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council, In our Environmental Studies 350 lab work, we found that nutrients like phosphates are present in Clover Creek at concentrations near the Washington Department of Ecology’s moderate concern level. These nutrients are often introduced to the watershed...

Elana Tracy

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Elana Tracy
Photo courtesy of Al Schmauder Dear Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council Members,  In 1993, the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council successfully repaired the substrate content of a channelized portion of Clover Creek by adding gravel, large stones, woody debris and other organic materials. It would be worthwhile for the council to revisit...

Grayson Peet

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Grayson Peet
Photo by Claire Todd Dear Franklin Pierce School District, PLU’s Environmental Methods course focuses on the significance of Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed in our community. We would love to share some of that information with local high school students to promote awareness of the environment around us. Environmental education is becoming...
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