We are launching a campaign to offer grants and incentives for rain gardens in Puget Sound. The wire frame and content is in development and will be ready in a couple of weeks. We need a web developer to develop the landing page. Rain gardens work like a native forest by capturing and infiltrating polluted runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces.
We have a goal of 12,000 rain gardens in Puget Sound to help keep polluted runoff from harming endangered salmon and orcas. The majority of our region's Puget Sound pollution is caused by rainwater runoff from our streets, driveways, lawns and rooftops! In fact, 14 million pounds of toxins enter Puget Sound each year.
Stewardship Partners creates people-based solutions that engage Puget Sound communities as caretakers of the land and water that sustain us.
When everyone understands their role, has access to resources, and has a sense of belonging to community, land and water, then positive change happens. Mixing optimism, realism and action, Stewardship Partners starts with empathy; we listen then co-create solutions with our partners, connecting them with their environment and each other to improve watershed health.
Stewardship Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
When Stewardship Partners was founded 20 years ago, Puget Sound was in a steep ecological decline. Industrial pollution, conversion of forest land for development, polluted urban runoff, and ecologically harmful farming practices were quickly degrading salmon habitat and threatening the food supply of our resident orca whales.
Efforts to head off further environmental degradation included new state laws and initiatives and new nonprofit advocacy and cleanup efforts. But one conservation-minded constituency was almost entirely left out of the conversation: landowners--people with a deep connection to the land and a strong motivation to act as responsible stewards of the ecosystem.
Stewardship Partners stepped in to fill that gap. Starting with one face-to-face conversation with a single farmer in the Snoqualmie River Valley, our organization has grown into a national model of engagement with private landowners--from farmers and winegrowers to developers and homeowners.
We have developed practical, affordable tools and techniques--based on the latest ecological science--that empower people to be effective, hands-on caretakers of the land and water. We connect them with funding, business opportunities, green infrastructure incentives, and restoration volunteers led by our full-time crew, and we link them with one another to build a citizen-based conservation movement that achieves sustained, powerful impact on the environment.
That impact is measured in acres of habitat restored and maintained, numbers of native trees and shrubs planted, and gallons of polluted runoff cleaned--as well as numbers of partnerships created and individuals inspired to act.
But the threats have continued to escalate. More than 80,000 people are moving to the Central Puget Sound region each year, increasing the strain on our ecosystem. Wildlife habitat is still under siege, as are natural shorelines that control erosion and native plants that absorb air and water pollution. Every day, we see evidence that our orcas, salmon, and other iconic species are at dire risk of extinction.