Pitching in to Keep King County’s Drinking Water Source Clean!

In less than three weeks, through the National River Cleanup™ program, I will have the opportunity to spend a few hours picking up trash that has unfortunately accumulated along the Cedar River in King County.  Many of us in the Seattle area know that we’re lucky to have such a beautiful river just minutes away from the city’s center, yet some people don’t know that in addition to being our backyard river for recreating on, the Cedar River is the source for our community’s drinking water.

Growing up in King County, I was one of these people – always taking for granted turning on the faucet at my childhood home would surely yield cold, delicious water.  Now that I have returned to King County after spending six years in a different community that is not as fortunate to have such a pristine water source close by, I know the value of the Cedar River, and how important it is to keep the river and its banks clean and trash-free. 

I am excited to participate in the Cedar River Cleanup, hosted by American Rivers, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.  Starting at 9am on Saturday, August 14th, I will roll up my sleeves and work side by side with other members of the community to pick up any trash that has made its way to the Cedar River. 

I have depended on the clean drinking water from the Cedar River for so many years and am excited to spend a few hours riding its banks of trash to make sure many more King County community members get to enjoy the same clean water I have! If you’re in the area, come join me and the other volunteers in cleaning up the Cedar!