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In this Issue
April 2020

  • Happy Earth Day from Watershed Alliance
  • Earth Day History
  • Watershed Alliance Earth Day Activities 
  • Master Gardeners Foundation of Clark County Educational Meeting
  • Earth Day Resources
Happy Earth Day!
 
Things at the Watershed Alliance look very different right now as they do everywhere. Bethany, Tom Celina and I are all working from home doing what we can within the guidelines. You will see more great information on our social media pages, including more online environmental documentaries. Please make sure to like our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about the upcoming films. 
 
We have all reduced our hours from 50-80%. We are unfortunately, also seeing the economic impacts through substantial reductions from some funders. This is why I am reaching out to our community to ask if you can make a small or larger one-time or monthly donation. I know many of us are stretched thin financially and understand but hope that if you can contribute you consider the Watershed Alliance. 
 
We will continue our on the ground work in the future and are not closing our doors even though much of our work is on hold for now we will be back planting trees and more as soon as it is safe to do so. Things will probably look different, but we are working on figuring out ways to still help our environment through tree plantings and other activities. 
 
I believe it is imperative that we come together as a community to keep our local waters and habitat healthy. I am sure that you like me are grateful we live in the SW Washington area where we have such incredible natural beauty. I feel fortunate every day that I can get out and enjoy it especially now with so many hours being at home. This means a lot for my mental health in these difficult times and know I am not alone. So, I ask you to please consider helping to keep us going in these tighter financial times by donating. If able to make a monthly donation we would truly appreciate it! You can go to: https://thewatershedalliance.org/ and click on the donate button on the top right corner.
 
Thank you for your support of our creeks and rivers. We look forward to seeing you all in the future.
 
In good health,
Sunrise O’Mahoney
Executive Director
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Earth Day History
50 years ago today on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets to bring environmental issues and concerns to the forefront and demand a new path forward for us and the planet we call home.

In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, there were not many environmental protection policies or regulations in place. Here are a few examples of what was happening in our world at the time: oil spills, heavy pesticide use, rapid urban development, toxic dumping, air and water pollution, and loss of wildlife.

Up until the publication of Silent Spring in 1962 by Rachel Carson (featured in our Women’s History Month), most of the nation and world remained largely unaware of environmental concerns and how polluted environments can impact our own health. The very first Earth Day launched a new wave of action across the nation. In response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created, as well as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Watershed Alliance Earth Day Activities
 Activity #1: Make an Earth Day Window or Sidewalk Sign
This is a creative and hands-on activity you can do to show you care about our planet.
Playing
around with art can be calming and a way to express your feelings. It also gives your neighbors something to look and think about as they walk by! To learn more and make your own, click here.




Activity #2: Earth Day Resolutions 
We know that small actions we do in our lives can help converse resources, protect the environment, improve our lives, and inspire others. Check out our blog post for DIY tips and inspiration!






Activity #3: Plastic Swear Jar
Remember when you were a kid and if you accidentally said a bad word you would have to put x amount of money into a jar for it? That is exactly what we are going to be doing, but instead of swear words, it’s plastic. This will look different for everyone – think about how you personally can reduce your plastic use that aligns with your individual lifestyle. Click here to learn more and make your own!

 
Activity #4 Nature Reflection
With many uncertainties these days, we can look to nature as a place of comfort and peace. For our last activity, we have one question for you: Where is your favorite place in nature and why is it your favorite? Visit our blog for a more in-depth description on this activity.
Master Gardners Educational Meeting

Don’t let slugs and snails get the best of your garden. You’ll learn about the behavior and biology of these fascinating, though pesky, creatures. Then use what you’ve learned to choose the best control methods for your garden. 

Master Gardener, Claudia Groth has spent the majority of her career working with home gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. She has a master’s degree in Plant Science, a bachelor’s in Agronomy, and has logged over 300 hours of pest management classes for her consultant’s license. Join heron Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 PM in for an online Zoom meeting and informative presentation. Cost: Free! Register here.

Earth Day Resources
Earth Day Live
From April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to April 24, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists will come together for an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization. Cost: Free!
Click here to RSVP the livestream

Worldwide Digital Earth Day Events
The Earth Day Network has a list of over 1,000 digital Earth Day events happening worldwide! Topics include: Art for the Environment, Conservation, Urban Farms, Guided Meditations, Climate Change Resiliency and more! There are digital events for all ages and languages. Cost: Free!
Click here to learn more and register for digital events
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