Rock Creek Valley & Horses for Clean Water
Horses for Clean Water has been awarded a $15,000 Community Salmon Fund grant
funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and King County
Waterworks. This new project will focus on horse and livestock owners in the Rock
Creek Valley and Lower Cedar River Watershed (approximately the Maple
Valley/Ravensdale area of King County, WA).
With assistance from the King Conservation District and cost-sharing from
King County Livestock Programs, the project plans to implement up to 5 salmon
habitat restorations on livestock properties along Rock Creek. In March HCW will
offer a 4-week evening class series for horse and livestock owners on
environmentally sensitive horsekeeping to be held at the Maple Valley Grange Hall.
To help put this project on the ground Horses for Clean Water is partnering
with the Friends of Rock Creek Valley, the King Conservation District, King
County Livestock Programs and Rainier Audubon - as well as with other members of
Horses for Clean Water, now in its 6th year, is a program run by horse owners
about environmentally sensitive horse keeping practices. HCW offers ways to
care for horses that improves the farm they live on and reduces non-point
pollution. Techniques such as mud management and composting manure offer a way to
care for animals that benefit the animals, the farm, the owner, the community
and the environment - all win-win-win solutions. In previous programs a
majority of participants made many useful changes to their property to reduce mud
and manage manure.
HCW creator and Program Director, Alayne Blickle, is a Maple Valley horse and
farm owner. Alayne, an environmental educator well known for her
enthusiastic and down-to earth approaches to horsekeeping, is a passionate equestrian who
trail rides locally and competes regionally in reining events.
Upcoming Rock Creek Valley events include:
** Rock Creek Valley Community Open House - Thursday, January 22nd from 7 to
9pm at the Tahoma School District Administration Building located on the
Maple Valley Hwy. HCW staff will be available for questions.
** Spring Horse Farm Management Series - Tuesday evenings, March 2nd, 9th,
16th & 30th, 6:30-9pm. Learn ways to manage your horse farm to reduce mud,
manage manure, get rid of weeds, make pastures productive, control insects - and
more! Maple Valley Grange Hall in Maple Valley, WA.
You don't have to live in this area nor own horses or a farm to attend. All
interested persons are invited!
For more information contact Alayne Blickle at HCW at 425-432-6116 or via
e-mail at arblickle@...
. You may also visit the HCW web site at
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