Want to learn about water quality in our region and what you can do to help improve it? You won’t have to look any farther than the bottom of your glass.
Join the City of Seattle and community partners for the unveiling of our “Puget Sound Starts Here” beverage coasters, a new water quality education campaign. The kickoff event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, at the Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
Everyone is invited to join, celebrate, and learn ways to extend their participation in Seattle’s clean water future. The limited edition I “heart” Puget Sound T-shirt will only be available at this event. Naked City is an all-ages venue until 10 p.m.
Thanks in part to a grant from the Puget Sound Partnership, the coasters are being distributed by community partners to restaurants, bars, and cafes in The Piper’s, Thornton, and Longfellow Creek watershed neighborhoods. These fun and colorful messages will provide an opportunity for Seattle residents to learn what they can do to improve the health of local waterways and Puget Sound every time they lift a glass.
30,000 coasters will be distributed; they describe four actions that will help reduce pollution: picking up after your pet, preventing automotive leaks, not using pesticides and fertilizers in your yard, and planting more trees. All the coasters share the same message on back: In Seattle, 46,000 storm drains carry untreated runoff directly to our waterways.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, clean water advocates and champions of sustainability themselves, will host the celebration to launch the coaster campaign. The coasters will be available at other participating restaurants after August 5, including these Greenwood businesses: Pig N’ Whistle, Gainsbourg, Sip & Ship, Wheatless in Seattle, 74th Street Ale House, Prost!, Pillager’s Pub, Pub at Piper’s Creek, and Bleacher’s, just to name a few.
Puget Sound Starts Here is a regional public education effort to promote best practices that will reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff on Puget Sound. With participation from approximately 60 municipalities and support from the Puget Sound Partnership, the coalition launched the media campaign Puget Sound Starts Here. For more information, please visit www.pugetsoundstartshere.org.
Seattle’s Restore our Waters Program, led by Seattle Public Utilities, is an ongoing commitment to take actions and promote partnerships that protect and improve our creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River, and Puget Sound. For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/restoreourwaters.
The Coaster Campaign was funded through a mini-grant from the Puget Sound Partnership. Partners include Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, Homewaters Project, Thornton Creek Alliance, and Longfellow Creek Watershed Council.