Hi folks at Highlands Neighborhood Association,
Want to help keep Puget Sound clean, and encourage your neighbors to use fewer pesticides? NCAP is seeking Water Stewards for a virtual training on October 20th. If you live in King, Snohomish, Pierce or Kitsap County, do not use or have reduced your chemical pesticide use, and want to get others in your community to do the same—we want you!
Water stewards will be asked to participate in an online training (over Zoom) on Thursday October 20th, 5:30p-7:00 p.m. PT. For the next month after the training, you will be expected to make contact with 10 community members via door-to-door canvassing, participation in community meetings or events. We want you to talk with your neighbors and friends about using less pesticides in their yards! Learn more and sign up here.
Water stewards who attend the training on October 20th will receive a $25 gift card of their choice, plus another gift card after completing the community outreach.If you’d like to become a water steward and can commit to the October 20th training plus neighborhood outreach, please contact Sharalyn Peterson at spet...@pesticide.org by October 19th.
Why is this important? Some of the most commonly used chemical lawn care products have been linked with serious health and environmental problems. Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller—has been routinely in the news because of lawsuits claiming it is cancer causing. Popular "weed and feed" products found at the hardware store can contain toxic pesticides including 2,4-D, as well as chemical fertilizers that can cause liver problems and nerve damage in humans and other animals as well as water contamination.
Central Puget Sound Water Stewards is a community campaign focused on keeping chemical pesticides from entering Puget Sound, by engaging community members on alternative yard care practices. Support for this project is provided by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and King County Wastewater Treatment Division's WaterWorks Grant Program.