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Leah Uhl

City of Woodinville

"To support orca recovery in the Puget Sound by reducing stormwater pollution and protecting our salmon spawning and rearing habitat in the City of Woodinville."

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Participant Impact

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    advocacy actions
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  • up to
    3
    bags of litter
    collected
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    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    104
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    8
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    520
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Leah's Actions

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers to minimize my water footprint, as in many watersheds, a drop for me is one less for salmon, which then warms streams or impairs salmon streamflows.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases further reducing plastics that may enter Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Stormwater Drain Marking

The single largest source of pollution that contaminates Puget Sound is polluted storm water runoff. By marking storm drains, we can educate our community by informing them that nothing but rain should go down the drain!

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate, so long term, it stays out of the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Education

Share my connection with Orcas through art

I will make a piece of art that connects my life to the life of Orcas and Salmon, and share it on social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend 30 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

Transportation

Use a Carwash

When I wash my car I will always take it to a commercial car wash facility to avoid driveway drainage of toxic chemicals entering the storm drain and local waterways, poisoning fish and Orcas in Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Fix all car leaks

I will maintain my car/vehicle by fixing all car leaks and avoid leakage draining to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Learn about my watershed

I will spend 20 minutesIdentifying what sub-basin I live in and learning about my watershed's water quality, fish habitat problems, and options for volunteering.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Plant Trees

I will plant 10 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

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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    Leah Uhl 11/03/2020 7:50 AM
    I bought an additional reusable grocery bag that says "Reduce pollution to our Oceans".  

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    Leah Uhl 10/22/2020 7:47 AM
    I have been using all reusable Tupperware containers for my lunch. I bring my morning coffee in my favorite Evergreen State Starbucks coffee mug, there are a ton of cute & fun reusable containers to get you excited about reducing single-use plastics. 

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    Leah Uhl 10/21/2020 7:51 AM
    I don't consider car washing to be a daily action. I should probably take my car to a carwash more regularly than just not washing it at all to ensure tire dust and other chemical particles are being treated and not running off my car in the rain.

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    Leah Uhl 10/21/2020 7:47 AM
    I worked with a business whose stormwater discharges to a local creek to mark all storm drains on the property. I also helped the business obtain an Industrial Stormwater General Permit.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Start or Tend a Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Leah Uhl 10/16/2020 3:27 PM
    I usually feel this way after managing noxious and invasive weeds. I feel on top of the world at first but realize that so much work is needed to maintain a habitat for fish and wildlife. The invasive weed populations have gotten almost unmanageable. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

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    Leah Uhl 10/15/2020 4:35 PM
    The nearest natural bodies of water are less than 1,000 feet away from City Hall! These water bodies are affected by pet waste and bacteria runoff. They are impacted very easily and are salmon-bearing waterways.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Leah Uhl 10/15/2020 4:32 PM
    Flooding is a prominent concern in my area, as well as water pollution.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Leah Uhl 10/14/2020 8:19 AM
    If I can carry the items with only a bit of a struggle I will carry the items out myself or throw them in my purse. Otherwise I'll load a cart up and bring that to my car. I keep some cute reusable bags in my car trunk for grocery shopping.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Leah Uhl 10/14/2020 8:17 AM
    I use single-use vegetable bags at the grocery store. I can either skip the bag or bring my own mesh ones. I have been using single-use coffee cups sometimes but it has been unsafe to bring reusable cups during COVID times. I try my best to make coffee every morning in a ceramic reusable travel mug. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Leah Uhl 10/14/2020 8:09 AM
    The EPA has an Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool that shows environmental factors impacting different regions. PM 2.5 is a factor that impacts my region more significantly than others. Poor air quality can irritate the eyes, nose, and aggravate asthma.