The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a nonprofit organization that helps people feel a deeper connection to nature and a motivation to want to protect the environment by delivering science-based programs at local beaches, forests, rivers, and classrooms in south King County. ESC strives to foster a passion for the environment in our diverse community by getting … More Environmental Science Center
Have you ever stepped in dog poop? I’ve done more than a few quicksteps around doggie poop on our sidewalks and open spaces. It’s something that’s given me cause to pause and ponder. Have you ever walked your dog and kept going after Spot, Fido, or Wrinkles made a pile? There’s no doubt that picking up … More Dog poop solution: It’s in the bag
If your yard looks like a pond every time it rains, you might have a drainage challenge. Luckily, there are ways to handle the excess water that runs off your property’s hard surfaces in ways that don’t flood your basement, carry pollutants into our waterways, or turn your home into a sanctuary for migrating Canada … More Your home is your castle, but it doesn’t have to come with a moat
When it rains in the Puget Sound region, it pours, and with millions of leaves falling from the trees this fall, the combination has the potential to cause localized street flooding. The Surface Water Management Division (SWM) is urging residents to help Federal Way prevent flooding by keeping neighborhood storm drains clear of leaves and … More Rake Away Potential Street Flooding
Hi students! Can you believe that it’s almost time for another school year? While you might be looking ahead to the new school year with dread, excitement, or a mixture of both, we bet you’re also be thinking about fall activities – sports, clubs and student organizations. Will your group be looking to raise money … More Greener Fundraisers
It’s summertime once again. That exciting time of year when many people take road trips with family and friends. But wait! Before you hit the road, is your car road ready? Does it drip? A leaky car isn’t a reliable car. Whether you’re on your daily commute or road trip on a vacation, a little … More Car leaks? How to not be a drip (from your car, that is)
In the Puget Sound region, runoff from rain or snowmelt flows down our catch basins and into our lakes, streams and/or the Puget Sound with little to no treatment. One common pollutant in runoff is dog poop. How bad can it be if I don’t pick up once or twice? If dog poop is exposed … More Bag it and Trash it!
Celebrate the power of crowdsourcing pollution prevention by doing small acts for clean water: Fix car leaks, bag and put pet waste in the trash, use a commercial car wash, avoid pesticides in your yard and garden, and keep plastics out of Puget Sound. You have the super power to help clean up Puget Sound. … More Celebrate May ‘Puget Sound Starts Here Month’ with small acts for clean water
Fill in the blank: __________ in every 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman. What percentage of Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans who have a STEM degree, have a STEM job? What percentage of STEM degrees were awarded to people of color in 2012? Women hold what percentage of all STEM jobs? What percentage … More Test your Environmental Equity IQ!
A rain barrel at your home will conserve water and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that carries pollutants to streams. Reusing food grade containers also removes materials from the waste stream. You can put yours together for about $30. Tips for using your rain barrel Do not use collected water for drinking, cooking or … More How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel