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Seattle Tilth Awarded Two King Conservation District Grants to Restore Wetlands & Expand Water Quality Education

Feb 26, 2013

The Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands is one of Southeast Seattle’s hidden treasures. Formerly a Seattle Parks nursery,  in 2011 the City of Seattle contracted with Seattle Tilth and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands to coordinate the transformation of the 10-acre site into a combined use facility that blends wetlands with working lands for food production. RBUFW Restoration

In late 2012 the King Conservation District (KCD) announced two grants totaling $98,500 to Seattle Tilth to restore four acres of wetland and habitats, and to educate community residents about watershed protection.

The Rainier Beach site has about six acres of wetland habitat, including 300 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. KCD provided funds to assist with restoring approximately four acres currently dominated by non-native species. Under Seattle Tilth’s direction, community volunteers and a youth crew from GroundUp Organics will mulch up to 27,000 square feet infested with invasive species and install up to 2,000 native trees and edible perennial plants. The restored wetland buffer will improve storm water management and enhance the habitat for aquatic plants and animals.

The second KCD grant will provide funding to expand Seattle Tilth’s Water Smart Program to educate residents of Seattle’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood about water conservation. Through the program, up to 1,000 residents will be provided with the knowledge, skills and resources to decrease storm water runoff and non-point pollution.

For additional information about the project see:

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands Photos

Seattle Tilth Water Smart Program

About the King Conservation District
The King Conservation District provides information and technical assistance programs available to all landowners within the district’s boundaries (most of King County) on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. The District provides grants for resource conservation programs and provides community services that include an annual native plant sale, education programs, site visits, farm plans, and consultation on land, water, and wildlife management.

About Seattle Tilth
Founded in 1978, Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized nonprofit educational organization that inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They offer classes and hands-on training in sustainable urban agriculture and environmental stewardship for all ages.

About Seattle Public Utilities

For King Conservation District projects in Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities manages the annual grant application and review process, and makes a funding recommendation to the KCD Board. Promoting opportunities to improve natural resources and stewardship is consistent with SPU’s mission to provide reliable, efficient, and environmentally conscious utility services.


Liza Burke, Seattle Tilth Communications Director
(206) 633-0451 ext. 103,
Jessica Saavedra, Grant Program Manager, King Conservation District
(425) 282-1906,


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