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Liz Clark

King Conservation District

"I resolve to do my best at being a good steward of natural resources in my neighborhood and beyond."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 978 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    bags of litter
    collected
  • up to
    990
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    31
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    900
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    5
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    5
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    31
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    1
    water collection systems
    installed

Liz's Actions

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends to minimize my downstream impact in my watershed.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Pick up Trash

I will pick up and properly dispose of litter on a daily walk through my neighborhood, since stormwater will otherwise carry it to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) per day from local Puget Sound producers.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start or Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one to keep my food local, minimize my climate carbon footprint and therefore reduce my impact to the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by my local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to landfills per day by composting my food, which reduces my climate footprint ultimately helping salmon and orcas.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend 60 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting orca and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Go see salmon swimming up stream or spawning

Check out a local stream and view nature at work. Take a friend and see how many species you can identify. Make notes about the location and if any issues exist, report to your local conservation district or parks department. Document with photos. Pack out any garbage or trash if necessary.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Get Expert Advice

Contact my Conservation District (or other local technical service provider) to come explain my home's landscape conditions and potential for restoration projects.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Plant Trees

I will plant 5 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard to combat climate change and reduce stormwater impacts to Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Express My Support

I will write or call my elected officials to express my support for environmental action that impacts orca and/or salmon habitat in both policy and practice.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Remove invasive weeds

Recruit 2+ friends/family/neighbors and together remove invasive vegetation from our home/apartment building/neighborhood that is in a watershed upstream of downstream salmon and orcas.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and stop using fertilizers so my footprint in my ecosystem doesn't harm the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean downstream.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs because in summer a drop for me may be one less for salmon, which then warms streams or can impair salmon streamflows.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent harmful storm-water runoff to the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Liz Clark 11/06/2020 11:48 AM
    Great job, Team KCD! Looking forward to next year's Orca Recovery Day EcoChallenge already!

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    Liz Clark 11/04/2020 10:15 AM
    The home stretch! Only one more day!

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    Liz Clark 10/28/2020 3:28 PM
    Mark your calendars for the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count coming in February!

    I spotted these pine siskins at my Mom's place in Normandy Park the other day.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CGv5J8ZBOst/

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    Liz Clark 10/28/2020 3:15 PM
    Hey Team KCD!

    How was your weekend? Did you get out a make some progress on the Orca Recovery Challenge actions? We still have a nice stretch of weather right now. Take a stroll, pick up some trash, plant some native plants.

    Other conservation district teams have really started stepping up to the challenge and we need to rally in the last week if we're going to be right up there with them!

    Check in and log your challenge items and take a look at all the great things being done to help salmon and orca!

    Have a great afternoon!

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    Liz Clark 10/23/2020 9:22 AM
    Check out this informational video about Pre-Spawn Mortality on Swan Creek in Pierce County from UW Tacoma Associate Professor Erik McDonald.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyqzZFqiaNA

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    Liz Clark 10/20/2020 5:38 PM
    How was your Orca Recovery Day on Saturday? Share one thing you did that felt like it meant the most to you.

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    Liz Clark 10/14/2020 2:14 PM
    Has anyone gone to find some salmon on their journey upstream to spawn? If so, share your photos or videos!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Liz Clark 10/12/2020 9:28 AM
    There are specific places to take certain types of recyclable items. Don't just throw it in the trash. For metal scrap, you can actually get paid to take your stuff to a local business! At your local transfer station there are multiple bins/areas for different types of materials. Do your research and ask around.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Collect Rain Water
    Trace the water that flows down the drain from your house to the largest body of water nearby. What is the route it takes?

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    Liz Clark 10/05/2020 2:33 PM
    Overflow goes into ground away from buildings and not directly into a ditch or roadway. Not much rain right now, but it will return soon.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Liz Clark 10/05/2020 2:31 PM
    Our compost is used in garden beds and around fruit trees. Also spread on lawn/pasture.