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  • 1. Sequalitchew Creek Watershed A Natural History Worth Saving

2. Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Purpose:To restore and preserve the ecological functions of the creek through habitat improvement and flow restoration. Partner with citizens and regional stakeholders to enhance the watershed and all thats within it. 3. Have You Heard of Sequalitchew?

  • Sequalitchew Creeks natural, historic flow runs from Sequalitchew Lake at Fort Lewis, through Edmonds Marsh, then out to the Puget Sound.
  • The areas unparalleled natural beauty can be traversed on an old narrow gauge railway roadbed that ran from the DuPont Company area to Puget Sound.

Sequalitchew 4. Vitality of Sequalitchew

  • Once home to salmon that feed the Sequalitchew & Nisqually Tribes
  • The creek corridor is now used by hundreds of species, including eagles, hawks, song birds, herons, ducks, owls, frogs, salamanders, snakes, beaver, raccoons, coyotes, deer, and rabbits.

Grebe eggs floating in Sequalitchew 5. History of Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council

  • The Council was originally formed in 1995 to improve creek habitat, increase water flow and salmon restoration.
  • Fix the creek bank slides to prevent erosion in the canyon.
  • Add large woody debris to creek pools
  • Establish a remote in-stream incubator location for chum eggs.
  • Modify the diversion structure in the creek at North Fort Lewis to restore flow into the creek.

6. The beauty of Sequalitchew creek 7. Our Watershed is worth restoring

  • The 1994 Settlement Agreement was crafted to protectand restore the natural flow of Sequalitchew and surrounding water table.
  • DuPonts Land Use Code (DMC) was put in place to protect wetlands, hillsides and streams. Read DMC Chapter 25.105 to learn more.

8. Great Horned Owl Mom @ Sequalitchew And her baby 9. Our water supply is threatened

  • Dewatering Vashon Aquifer will result in lowering the groundwater table throughout the American Lake/Sequalitchew Creek watershed.
  • This means losing water we need in the future.
  • The result: widespread, adverse environmental impacts, causing significant& permanent damage to our water supply.

10. Blue Heron in Sequalitchew Sequalitchew in bloom 11. Blue Heron in Sequalitchew Sequalitchew in bloom 12. Current Efforts

  • Sequalitchew Creed Council was reborn and adapted scope and new name
  • Formeda Washington 501(c)(3)
  • Strengthening partnerships
  • Active in grant writing to fund projects
  • Educating citizens and mobilizing them as stewards
  • Adopting the Canyon Trail
  • Removal of garbage and invasive plants
  • Developing Strategic Plan

13. Future Efforts

  • Create educational opportunities and materials for schools
  • Increate water flow through a coordinated effort.
  • Keep citizens aware of environmental issues effecting the creek.
  • Coordinate with shoreline management plan review process.
  • Advocate with parks and recreation master plan recommendations
  • Participate in National Trails Day

14. What Can You Do?

  • ATTENDupcoming meetings to show your support to preserve and protect the creek.Check our Web site for updates.
  • WORK with and joinwith Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council as they begin improving the condition of the creek:
  • EDUCATEyourself and peers on the issue. Read the staff report, Glaciers latest feasibility study
  • EXPERIENCE for yourself. Walk through Edmonds Marsh and down Sequalitchew Creek Canyon. Stop, look & listen

15. Sequalitchew Beach 16. Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council 2010 Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council Steve Wyant, photographer, all rights reserved, 2010