The Green/Duwamish has two new Basin Stewards!

We want to welcome two new Basin Stewards to the watershed. Basin Stewards are knowledgeable about the communities and natural resources in specific King County watersheds. The Basin Stewards work with residents and technical staff to develop and implement priority habitat protection and restoration projects in critical salmon habitat areas along our rivers and streams. Learn more about the King County Basin Steward Program, including how they can help you and what services they help provide in their regions.

We have two new King County Basin Stewards in our Green/Duwamish watershed. Kelley Govan is the Lower Green River Basin Steward. The Lower Green extends approximately from Auburn to Tukwila and includes surrounding areas.

Alicia Kellogg is the new Duwamish River Basin Steward. The Duwamish River Basin Steward’s service area includes the Duwamish River (downstream of the Lower Green River) from Tukwila to Elliot Bay and includes the urban incorporated areas of North Highline and Skyway. The Duwamish River Basin Steward is funded through an inter-local agreement between the county, Port of Seattle, and the cities of Seattle and Tukwila, with additional support from WRIA 9.

We are thrilled to have Kelley and Alicia join our team and support the work of the Green/Duwamish Coalition. Welcome!

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Source Control Story Map

King County completed work on this story map at the end of 2022:

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of source control along the river, I would encourage you to take a look.

Thank you to the King County Wastewater Treatment Division for developing this story map!


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OGD Partner Planting Event!

On October 21st OGD hosted our first restoration event where Hamm Creek meets the Lower Duwamish.

The work was made possible with help from Duwamish Alive and EarthCorps! Thank you for the support.

We had 15 volunteers that helped remove significant amounts of trash, blackberries, and scotch broom from the project site.

There is a rich history of community supported restoration efforts on this property – initiated by the legendary John Beal. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War who worked tirelessly to reclaim Hamm creek from a long history of industrial use. He worked for years to restore the health of the creek, and we were fortunate enough to hear about the history of the site from his daughter, Liana.

The Hamm Creek Estuary is one of two salmon spawning creeks in the Duwamish section of the Green/Duwamish watershed and is a popular community amenity.

This restoration work was done to support Goal 2 of our Implementation Plan – Foster partnerships, broad participation and collaboration amongst watershed stakeholders and communities. It was a great success.

See you at the next one!

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Invitation to Regional Stormwater Technical Workshops

Greetings regional stormwater partners:

King County and our regional partners are excited to share the registration link and high-level agenda for the next event in the Stormwater Summit series, Aligning Across Watersheds: Regional Stormwater Technical Workshops. The event will be virtual and occur from 9AM-12PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd.

This interactive event will focus on:

  • Co-designing aspirational, regional stormwater management goals – setting implementation targets that we, as practitioners, can commit to at the watershed scale
  • Identifying barriers to achieving those goals
  • Elevating new planning tools that will help inform more strategic stormwater investments, and
  • Identifying the roles each of our organizations and jurisdictions can play to contribute to those goals

On Day One, we’ll connect the dots back to the May 2021 Stormwater Summit and introduce potential goals statements that we, as a region, could commit to. We’ll then engage participants in evaluating those goals statements – what resonates, what’s missing, and what barriers we face in achieving those targets.

On Day Two, we’ll recap the input received on Day One, review the new technical tools that inform more strategic investments in regional stormwater management, and then identify the supporting roles that each of us can play in making those goals a reality. Technical tools will be featured from King County, City of Tacoma, and Stewardship Partners.

Registration is now live, please click here. A more detailed agenda will be sent out to all registrants approximately two weeks before the event.

At the first Stormwater Summit, we led with our values and committed to co-designing next steps with all participating organizations. On November 1 and 2, we’ll take the next step – co-designing aspirational but informed implementation targets that will dramatically reduce the amount of untreated stormwater pollution that makes its way to Puget Sound. Our team is very excited for the coming conversations and we are eager to gather together and envision and create the cleaner water future we are all working toward.

On behalf of our team and our partners, thank you for the work you do, and we look forward to seeing you in November.


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2021 OGD Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report is complete!!

Drum roll please…. Congratulations to all the Partners who reported on so many outstanding actions to improve the health of the watershed!

I am so proud to be working alongside such an amazing group of dedicated individuals and organizations. This annual report represents a staggering amount of work accomplished by a coalition of organizations committed to restoring the health of the Green/Duwamish Watershed. Working alone we will not achieve our vision, but if we continue to work together, anything is possible.

The annual report is divided into two parts:

  • Goal Sheets – The Goals are a foundational part of the Watershed Stormwater Strategy and highlight actions designed to achieve specific outcomes. Actions were self-assigned by Partners for their own work, and each Goal’s section of the report summarizes the Coalition’s success. In total, individual Partners completed a truly amazing amount of work.  
  • Governance Dimensions – The Coalition is committed to embracing self-reflection in the pursuit of continuous improvement. Part of this effort includes a survey designed by Partners – for Partners. The results are divided into five specific categories (called dimensions), each one detailing survey responses on strengths, room for growth, and opportunities for improvement.

This annual reporting process helps focus near-term work on what is realistic, relevant, and effective according to the best available information. It allows the Coalition to capture a snap-shot of how we’re meeting our commitments to each other and the watershed. Please email me with any comments or questions.

Discussions within the Partner group are already underway to re-evaluate how to tell the story of OGD’s success more effectively, so please share what you think of this annual report and connect with us at:

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Update on Mapping Tool and SMAP feedback opportunity

It looks like we’re on our way to funding the second phase of the OGD mapping tool! We wrote about the first phase nearly a year ago – you can revisit that here.

The first phase of the tool development created a proof of concept that pulled in existing data layers and allow users an added level of analysis which would inform the development of Stormwater Management Action Plans (SMAPs) – as required by Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

The second phase will be focused on improving the user experience. For instance, we have heard how important it will be to allow for uploading data layers, saving progress, and comparing priorities across the entire watershed. This tool will be critical to understanding the priority investments in the watershed. We will likely be reigniting the OGD mapping tool subgroup in July to help inform the advancement of the tool. Please reach out if you’re interested in learning more.    

Several NPDES Permittees used the mapping tool to inform the development of their SMAPs. For example, the City of Renton is developing a stormwater management action plan that guides stormwater management policies and actions to protect water from pollution and improve water quality in a selected high-priority basin of Renton’s watersheds.

Catch Basin Marker in the City of Renton

The community is invited to help us select the basin in which to implement the stormwater management action plan. Learn more about Renton’s stormwater management action planning process and share your ideas here.

Take care,

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OGD Governance Dimensions and Survey Results

Happy Spring!

In previous blog posts we discussed the OGD Implementation Plan. Understanding progress towards achieving the goals in the Implementation Plan is crucial, and one way we are doing that is by evaluating the way we are collaborating to govern the OGD Coalition.

As a collective group we arrived at using 9 specific governance dimensions (see the table below) to assess how well we’re functioning as the OGD Coalition. These governance dimensions come from an existing performance assessment framework* for collaborative work. Last fall we came up with our own definitions to these governance dimensions which more accurately reflect the needs and values of our Coalition.

*Adapted from Kirk Emerson, Tina Nabatchi, Stephen Balogh, An Integrative Framework for Collaborative Governance, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Volume 22, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 1–29,

This table shows all nine dimensions organized in rows and columns. These are independent qualities to determine how well the Coalition is working together. The first row identifies the most immediate and measurable outputs or actions – the things we do. The second row is meant to describe the outcomes – the results of those actions. The third row identifies characteristics about how well we adapt over time. Looking at the columns, the table is organized to represent the level of influence from individual Partner organizations, to the Coalition, and finally the entire Green/Duwamish watershed.

For the purpose of our first annual review, we decided to focus on five of the nine dimensions (highlighted in yellow in the table). We will revisit the rest of the dimensions at our 5-year review.

We surveyed our OGD partners to evaluate how well we were achieving each of these 5 governance dimensions. The final analysis of these results will be included in our 2021 annual report, but here are some highlights to whet your appetite:  

  • Most partners reported positively for all dimensions. This was great to see. We heard a lot of support for continued networking and information sharing, which is the heart of our Coalition and something we will continue to prioritize.
  • We heard appreciation for the OGD mapping tool and help with streamlining NPDES permit obligations.
  • We are excited about the recognition that some partners have received for their work as part of OGD.
  • Half of the survey respondents indicated there have been positive measurable changes within their organizations as a result of participating in the OGD Coalition.  
  • There were a number of neutral and moderate responses to many questions, and great suggestions from Partners about where we can continue to grow and improve.

The full survey results represent a baseline understanding of how well the Coalition is operating to support Partners and influence outcomes at the watershed level.

The full survey results represent a baseline understanding of how well the Coalition is operating to support Partners and influence outcomes at the watershed level. This ties directly into our progress towards Goal 7- build a coalition or collaborative entity to carry out the vision for the Green/Duwamish watershed wide stormwater management strategy, and our ability to work well together is also critical to our success in pursuing all of our goals.

In summary, I’m excited about the data from our first round of annual reporting and look forward to combining it with updates from our Action Tables. The final annual report should be drafted by the end of April and published after review by the Coalition.

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Green Infrastructure

Hello OGD Blog readers!

We’re working to compile our first annual report! It’s all very exciting and we look forward to sharing the results with you in the second quarter of 2022.

In the meantime, we would like to spotlight some of our partners.

This month we wanted to elevate the work that Stewardship Partners is doing in the green infrastructure space. Stewardship Partners held the first Green Infrastructure Summit in 2016, and it has grown since. This year’s virtual Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea is on March 24th and 25th, and the theme is Turning the Tide: Disrupting status quos in infrastructure investment, climate, and the land we occupy. Mark your calendars now!

We hope you can make this exciting summit. Topics were crowdsourced from throughout the western Washington community and are likely to be relevant to all people interested in learning more about green infrastructure.

Can’t make the summit, but still interested in learning more about how rain gardens work?

Elisha, rain garden monitoring by Hanna Letinich

Maybe you’re wondering if your own rain garden is working properly? Give it a checkup with the *new* assessment protocol co-created by Stewardship Partners and Washington State University. The brilliant team at World Relief Seattle has made the protocol easier to use and understand with this great instructional video. Check it out!

Take care,


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What a year for regional collaboration!

The OGD Partner group had our last meeting of the year on November 18th.

I am so proud of the work we’ve done this year and want to acknowledge those organizations who have continued to participate.

City of AuburnCity of Black DiamondBoeing Company
City of Des MoinesDuwamish River Cleanup CoalitionECOSS
Duwamish AliveCity of EnumclawGreen River Coalition
City of CovingtonKing CountyCity of Maple Valley
City of KentCity of Normandy ParkPort of Seattle
The Nature ConservancyPuget Sound Regional CouncilCity of Renton
Puget SoundkeeperStewardship PartnersCity of Tukwila
City of SeattleWashington Environmental CouncilUrban Waters Partnership
Washington State Department of EcologyWashington State Department of Fish and WildlifeWashington State Department of Transportation

Thank you to all these amazing OGD Partners!

This year we:

  1. Published our first Implementation Plan
  2. Finalized Partner Expectations
  3. Finalized our Annual Reporting process
  4. Completed the Beta version of the OGD Mapping tool and walkthrough
  5. Hosted 5 Partner meetings
  6. Established a Funding Subgroup and develop a purpose statement to support Partner agencies
  7. Continued to advance the Coordination Subgroup work plan

In 2022 we are looking forward to:

  1. Publishing our first annual report! Stay tuned for more details
  2. Maintaining our existing meeting frequency and structure
  3. Finalizing grant support products from the Funding Subgroup
  4. Getting funding for Phase II of the OGD Mapping tool (fingers crossed!)
  5. Continuing to innovate and collaborate on news ways to support our work in the watershed

If you’re wanting to learn more about this work, please email me directly.

I just want to close by sharing a deep appreciation for the commitment that the OGD Partners have made since 2014. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Happy New Year!


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A look back and looking ahead –

Fall is here – and the OGD coalition is back from a short summer break. During the summer we:

  1. Wrapped up the completion of the OGD mapping tool (beta version), developed a walkthrough document for the tool, and applied for additional grant funding for the second phase
    1. Sadly, we did not get the grant funding – but have no fear – I’m already cooking up something else!
  2. Organized the September meeting agenda, and
  3. Began outlining our annual reporting structure.

The OGD annual report is intended to tell the story of how well the OGD coalition is achieving the goals in the Implementation Plan. This is inclusive of the progress that partners are making on the actions they have committed to, and whether they are feeling supported by the OGD governance structure that we have built together.

For the annual report, we are planning to develop a report sheet for each of the 7 goals in the stormwater strategy. Each report sheet will contain information compiled from three different processes:

First, Partners will be asked to submit an updated action tracking sheet identifying their progress on the actions for which they are responsible for in the Implementation Plan.

Second, the Core Team will be consolidating data from a partner survey intended to capture a snapshot of how well the Coalition is functioning. Collectively we will be working on determining those survey questions at the November partner meeting.

Finally, the last part of each report sheet is information the OGD Core Team has gathered through more personal one-on-one conversations with participating organizations. These conversations are spaces for partners to provide feedback to the OGD Core Team about the Coalition as well as provide more detail about progress on their action items.

We’re anticipating an annual reporting timeline that syncs with State-required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting to avoid duplicative efforts.

Any way you look at it, we’re in for a busy fall and winter.

Stay dry!


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