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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.