Reminder: Thornton Creek Cleanup Party This Sunday

Rick reminds us,

We are meeting this Sunday at 10AM. Join us as we do some climbing up and clearing around invasive trees. This is the last work party before the Washington Conservation Corps comes in for herbicide treatment in mid June. You can help do some of the prep work so we can get rid of inappropriate trees, and make room for long lived native conifer.

Sign up at the Green City Partnerships site.

What to Bring

Hand tools, gloves, eye protection, water, dress for the weather, sturdy boots and long sleeves. Extra gloves and tools may be provided. **We currently do not have a need for power tools**

Where to Meet

Meet at the creek where it intersects with the 17th Ave NE trail

Where to Park

Street parking near trail head located at intersection of 17th Ave. NE & 104th St.
**17th Ave is only accessible from the North and East**

Thornton Creek Knickerbocker Site Construction Begins May 2013

The long-proposed and studied plan to increase floodplain storage and habitat quality to the Thornton Creek greenbelt at the “Knickerbocker” site (NE 100th Street, at the base of 20th Ave NE) looks to finally begin construction in May 2013.

Seattle Public Utilities and the Park Department acquired the land between 2001 and 2006, permanently removing several houses that had been located on the south side of 100th.

Residents in the project area, members of the Thornton Creek Watershed Oversight Council, and advocates for Thornton Creek began to work with SPU and Parks on ways to get a floodplain reconnection project designed and built in 2009, as this type of project was identified in the Thornton Creek Watershed Action Plan. Project design was initiated in 2010 using a $100,000 King Conservation District grant to design the floodplain project. SPU led the design work using a consultant and has held about five community meetings to discuss the project and get input.

Sample drilling was performed last month at the site, and funding secured from King Conservation District, an EPA Ecology Grant, and Seattle Public Utilities to finally implement the work starting next year. The plan includes relocating several hundred feet of Thornton Creek, create up to an acre of vegetated floodplain (currently a picnic and dog-walking area), and build a new pedestrian bridge over the widened creek.

It’s also hoped that the wider, slower creek will enable fish to reach and spawn further upstream eventually.

See also: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting April 26th

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting April 26th

The Thornton Creek Alliance announced its annual meeting and elections will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 7PM to 9PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125.

The meeting will feature a representative from the National Wildlife Federation who will provide an overview and share information about how a community can become a Wildlife Habitat team. Community Wildlife Habitats are organized by a team of people, who not only help create habitat, but also hold workshops about gardening for wildlife and organize community events such as stream or trail cleanups. Can the Thornton Creek Watershed become a Habitat team? Join the conversation.

Following the Educational Program there will be a brief annual review update on programs that affect the watershed and you:

  • Meadowbrook Pond and Confluence Projects
  • Beaver Pond Natural Area Grant
  • Northgate Light Rail
  • Hubbard Homestead Park

Committee Reports and elections will also be held.

For more information, see their Facebook page: 

facebook.com/Thornton.Creek.Alliance