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Sunday Tours

Four optional tours took place on Sunday, February 8. Tour cost was $25, and included round-trip transportation between the Convention Center and the tour locations.

New Wastewater Technology Tour
Sunday, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Carnation's Wastewater Treatment Plant , located 27 miles east of Seattle, came online in 2008. The facility uses an advanced technology (membrane bioreactor) to treat up to 400,000 gallons per day of the city’s wastewater to Class A reclaimed water standards. Reclaimed water is then used to enhance a nearby wetland at Chinook Bend Natural Area. See firsthand the 2008 Water Reuse Association's Small Project of the Year. King County staff will lead you through Carnation’s wetland and treatment facility and conclude the tour with a presentation about the new King County Brightwater Plant , which will use the same technology on a much larger scale.  The Brightwater Plant is planned for completion in 2010 (operational in 2011).

Nisqually Estuary Restoration Tour
Sunday, 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Put on your hiking books and join us for a walk around Puget Sound’s largest estuary restoration project to date. The project, scheduled for completion in 2010, is restoring over 900 acres of estuarine habitat, increasing the amount of salt marsh habitat in Southern Puget Sound by 55 percent and reopening 21 miles of tidal channels. The tour will first visit 140 acres on Nisqually Tribal land reopened to tidal influence by two different dike removals in 2004 and 2006. The tour then travels across the Nisqually River to observe construction underway to restore another 762 acres at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. The tour will be led by experts involved in the restoration effort who can answer your technical questions and share ongoing monitoring results. Expect to see salt marsh, new tidal channels and estuary dependent waterfowl. Make sure to wear hiking boots!

Urban Innovative Projects Tour
Sunday, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Low impact development (green infrastructure) and habitat projects can benefit aquatic ecosystems in the urban environment. The tour will visit multiple sites in Seattle, including Seattle Street Edge Alternatives ("SEA Streets"), a natural stormwater drainage system in the Broadview neighborhood, coastal restoration along Puget Sound shoreline, test habitat panels for the Seattle Seawall, and "Swale on Yale", the nation's first urban large-scale bio-filtration swale.

King County 'Walk the Line' Tour
Sunday, 1:00 - 5:30pm
What does Washington’s Growth Management Act have to do with the health of the Salish Sea? Come “walk the line” and find out. The 1990 Growth Management Act established a land use planning framework for counties and cities in the state. Under the Act, counties designate Urban Growth Areas, within which the county or city zones for urban densities, and outside of which the county maintains rural character and farm and forest lands. Join this tour to walk the urban growth boundary line, see firsthand the impacts of the law on impervious surface, stormwater, and flood mitigation, and better understand the impacts of growth patterns on watershed and Salish Sea health. The tour will spend the afternoon in the Snoqualmie River valley in eastern King County exploring, comparing and contrasting projects and communities including Issaquah Highlands, a Built Green certified urban village, and the town and farms of Carnation.

Puget Sound Partnership

Environment Canada / Environnement Canada

Georgia Basin