• PROTECTING + ENHANCING THE GREEN RIVER + OUR WATERSHED

    Green River Coalition collaborates with community, municipalities, nonprofits, educational institutions and other agencies to protect and enhance theGreen River and our watershed.

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    Volunteer!

    If you like to get your hands dirty by planting trees or removing invasive plants, you can help by signing up to volunteer at one of our many events!

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    Partner with us!

    We love creating new partnerships to help protect our environment! Sign up here if you have an event or project that you would like to partner with us on. 

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    Make a donation!

    Whether a one time or monthly donation, all donations go right back into our coalition to help protect and enhance our beautiful watershed!

  • DONATE

    All donations go right
    back into our coalition!

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

    Email michael@greenrivercoalition.org if you have a project you would like to partner on.

    October 16th, 2021

    Upcoming Orca Recovery Day!

    *EVENT FULL*

    Please join us for our annual Orca Recovery Day Planting Event!

    We will be partnering with the city of Kent and Duwamish Alive to host a restoration planting event at the beautiful Riverview Park in Kent!

    Date: October 16, 2021

    Time: 10am - 2pm

    **If you would like to partner/collaborate on this event please email our operations manager:

    Michael Taton (michael@greenrivercoalition.org)

  • Past Events

    January 20th, 2019

    Shadow Lake Nature Preserve 23rd Annual Frog Frolic!

    We tabled at this annual event to educate our local community about our coalition’s mission.

     

    Come visit us and learn more!

    September 13 th , 2019

    United Way Day of Caring

    We teamed up with Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group and King County United Way for their largest day of volunteering in Washington State! We are proud to be a part of this day! Visit the King County United Way website for more information.

    October 19 th , 2019

    Orca Recovery Day!

    Riverview Park Restoration Work Party!

    We restored a critical portion of Riverview Park in Kent to help restore habitat for our native salmon which is the main food source for our resident Orcas! This is an international movement with over 70 sites spanning from Napa Valley to British Columbia!

     

    January 20th, 2020

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!
    On January 20th 2020, we partnered with Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, The City of Auburn, and The King County United Way to host a planting event at Fenster Park! We had over 80 volunteers and planted 150 native trees and shrubs! What a great way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a Day of Service!

    April 17, 2021

    2021 Earth Day Tree Planting!

    We partnered, again, with the city of Kent and Duwamish Alive to host a restoration planting event at the beautiful Riverview Park in Kent.

    We planted native trees and shrubs along critical habitat of the main stem Green River which has many benefits to the river. Establishing native plants helps stabilize the river to prevent erosion and shade out the river which helps keep dissolved oxygen in the water! This helps local fish like the chinook salmon which are a main food source for resident orca!

  • CONNECT WITH US

  • RESTORATION PROJECTS

    Dandy / Bass / Beaver Lake Complex

    Enumclaw, WA

    Bass, Beaver, and Dandy Lakes are owned by King County.
    Originally privately owned, this important wildlife habitat was not managed or replanted after a harvest by a logger in 1999 allowing invasive blackberry to completely overtake the sites. GRC has been managing the restoration of this 9.8-acre site in collaboration with King County since 2012.

     

    Site activity:

    • Revegetation/planting (Douglas-fir, Western redcedar, Willow, Western Hemlock, etc.)
    • Watering
    • Creation of social trails and maintenance roads
    • Dried blackberry canes repurposed as mulch for access roads
    • Non-chemical weed control (organic restoration)
    • Mechanical invasive plant removal (Himalayan blackberry, Evergreen blackberry)
    • Development of monitoring and maintenance plans
    • Vegetation mapping
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    Partners:

    • King County
    • Green River College

     

    Covington Community Park

    Covington, WA

    GRC has been managing the restoration of 7.3 acres on this site in collaboration with the City of Covington, King Conservation District, and Green River College since 2014.

     

    Site activity:

    • Revegetation/planting (Douglas fir, Western hemlock, Grand fir)
    • Trail decommissioning
    • The City of Covington installed ADA-compliant trails and needed old trails removed
    • Non-chemical weed control (organic restoration)
    • Mechanical invasive plant removal (Himalayan blackberry, Evergreen blackberry, Field bindweed)
    • Watering
    • Daylighting an ephemeral stream
    • Removal of old culverts
    • Widening of stream-bed and introduction of wood debris and cobble
    • Development of monitoring and maintenance plans
    • Vegetation mapping

    Partners:

    • City of Covington
    • King Conservation District
    • Green River College

     

    Lower Soos Area

    Auburn, WA

    This site is owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). GRC has been managing the restoration of this 1.8-acre site in collaboration with WDFW and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks since 2013.

     

     

    Site activity:

    • Non-chemical weed control (organic restoration)
    • Sheet-mulching with black tarps (a multi-year process)
    • Mechanical invasive plant removal (Himalayan blackberry, Reed Canary-Grass)
    • Revegetation/planting (Douglas fir, Western redcedar, Willow, etc.)
    • Watering
    • Mulching with wood chips to retain water
    • Garbage clean-up
    • Development of monitoring and maintenance plans
    • Vegetation mapping

    Partners:

    • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
    • Green River College

     

    Institute For Community Leadership

    Kent, WA

    This site is owned by the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL), a GRC partner. This property was originally open pasture with very little riparian shade or native vegetation. ICL acquired 18.2 acres in 2004 and began to restore it with the help of the Veteran Conservation Corps from Green River College and GRC.

     

     

    Site activity:

    • Non-chemical weed control (organic restoration)
    • Mechanical invasive plant removal (Himalayan blackberry)
    • Development of monitoring and maintenance plans
    • Vegetation mapping

    Partners:

    • Veteran Conservation Corps (Green River College)
    • Institute for Community Leadership

     

  • WHAT IS THE MIDDLE GREEN SUBWATERSHED?

    The Middle Green River Subwatershed starts at River Mile 32 just east of Auburn and stretches to the Howard Hanson Dam.

     

    It includes two major tributaries:

    Soos Creek on the north side of the river, draining Kent, Covington, Maple Valley, and Black Diamond and Newaukum Creek on the south side of the river, draining the Enumclaw area.

  • OUR BOARD

    We are all all volunteer Board of Directors with one paid staff.

    Greg Wingard

    President

    greg@greenrivercoalition.org

    Bernie McKinney

    Vice President

    b.mckinney@comcast.net

    Marlla Mhoon

    Treasurer

    mhoonmar@gmail.com

    Arturo Zazueta

    Secretary

    arturo@greenrivercoalition.org

    Pete Beaupain

    Member at Large

    pbeaupain@comcast.net

    Gil Bortleson

    Member at Large

    gbortles@gmail.com

    Michael Taton

    Staff Operations Manager

    michael@greenrivercoalition.org

  • From left to right: Michael, Bernie, Gil, Pete, Greg, Arturo (2019)

  • CONTACT US

    PO Box 8932
    Covington, WA 98042
    (360) 825-1000
  • Our Grant Funders

    Thank you to our current grant funders:

    King County Flood Control District & WRIA 9

    Cooperative Watershed Maintenance

    This fund supports projects that enhance riparian shade to improve conditions for salmon and meet water quality standards.

    Rose Foundation & Puget Soundkeeper

    Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

    The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund is dedicated to protecting the water quality of Puget Sound. It is open to a wide range of groups, from tiny grassroots groups to larger, established organizations.