The initiative supports self-organized "Communities of Interest" - defined as groups of individuals, organizations, and/or partnerships that share specific values, interests, or concerns related to the health of the watershed and its communities.
Communities of Interest are collaborative, open-table groups made up of committed individuals and organizations. At this time, the foundation is working with the following Puyallup Watershed Communities of Interest:
Significant increase in non-motorized transportation (walk, run, bike) via trails and dedicated lanes.
Preserving farmland; supporting farmers and maintaining a viable agriculture industry in the watershed.
Creating continuous environmental education opportunities for K-16 and adults that reflect the diversity of issues in the watershed and are accessible to all residents; support civic engagement and residents' connection to the watershed.
Enhancing, preserving, and protecting existing forestlands as well as increasing forest cover in the lower, more urban areas of the watershed.
Improving the quality of industrial stormwater through education, outreach, incentivizing best practices, and better coordinating the regulatory system.
Just & Healthy Food Systems
Increasing access to healthy foods for all watershed residents; addressing inequities by building leadership that reflects the diversity of watershed residents.
The foundation welcomes individuals and groups interested in any of the issues listed above to plug-in and participate. We are interested in supporting collaborations that bring together diverse viewpoints and leave aside predetermined ideas about fixes until everyone at the table is operating from a shared understanding of goals. We want to spark new conversations and actionable 10-year strategies.
For more information about the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, please contact Henry Izumizaki or Fabiola Greenawalt.
For current COI events, please visit our Facebook page.