Thursday, December 17, 2009

Film Forum: Screening of Extended, Northwest Version of "Poisoned Waters"

Please join the Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor and Islands Watershed Council on January 5th at the Gig Harbor Library from 6 – 9 p.m. for a special showing of the acclaimed documentary, Poisoned Waters. This particular version includes additional footage taken in the Puget Sound area that was not included in the original, nation-wide airing of this film.

This documentary, filmed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem.

The event is free, however seating is limited. Please RSVP to or by phone at (253) 884-9474.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Annual Workshop!

Help make 2010 our best yet! Join Us…

Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor, Islands (KGI) Watershed Council

Saturday, Nov 14th
For the 2010 Annual Planning Workshop

Come play a part in the direction your Watershed Council takes in 2010. The KGI Planning Retreat is time well spent. Facilitator, Nancy Tam Davis will guide us into the development of a manageable plan that works for all.

Saturday, November 14th
12:30noon – 4:30pm
Pierce County Library Mtg Room
4424 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Liquid Assets" Movie Night

Watershed Movie Night -- Thursday, 8/20, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.; Join KGI, Chambers/Clover Creek and Puyallup Watershed Councils as we present a fun, free evening at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building (9850 64th St. W., University Place). Come for theater popcorn, great company and a good film, Liquid Assets, about the importance of protecting our water resources.

Liquid Assets" tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. These complex and aging systems—some in the ground for more than 100 years—are critical for basic sanitation, public safety, economic development, and a host of other necessities of life. The documentary highlights communities from across the United States, providing an understanding of hidden water infrastructure assets, demonstrating watershed protection approaches, and illustrating twenty-first century solutions.

For more information and the Liquid Asset movie trailer follow this link:

Questions? Call Chris at 253-798-7620 or email at:

See You At the Movies!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

DIRT: The Erosion of Civilizations, a discussion with the author, Wed, July 29th

Join the KGI Book Group in a discussion with David R. Montgomery, PhD regarding his 2007 book DIRT: The Erosion of Civilizations!

When: Wed, July 29th at 10 AM
Where: Zoka’s Coffee Roaster and Tea House in Seattle at Greenlake (see directions below)
PLEASE RSVP with Chris at: 798-7620 or email her at
We will be van/car pooling: details will be sent out as we get closer to the date.

Pick up DIRT (the book) today and join us for what will undoubtedly be an interesting and informative conversation.

A bit about DIRT and the Author…
David R. Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington is also the author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon.

Recipient of the 2008 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (five years-$500,000.00) Fellowship in Geology.

· DIRT: 2008 Winner of the Washington State Book Award in General Non-fiction, Washington Center for the book at the Seattle Public Library.

Dirt, soil, call it what you want—it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are—and have long been—using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil—as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations. University of California Press

Related Link:
Dishing Dirt with David Montgomery – an interview

Friday, May 1, 2009

Dock Permitting to be Discussed at Next KGI Meeting

Gregg May has confirmed for May 19th to talk about his experiences with the Shorelines Hearing Board regarding dock construction in Arletta. The particular dock project he will be speaking on has been before just about every decision making examiner, board, or court possible with a surprising diversity of results. This should serve as a good primer on the complexity of legal issues surrounding shoreline development.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Website Update

The KGI website has new stuff on it! I've added our latest newsletter and the 5-Year Action Agenda. I'm still working on updating our Upcoming Events section. There are so many things happening, I can only hope I'll have time to finish the updates before they've all passed.

Also, I would like to put in a plug for the book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery. UW Professor Montgomery has graciously agreed to host our book club discussion of Dirt this summer. Thank you to Liz for suggesting the book!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Good News!

I've just received word from the Washington State Department of Ecology that another round of funding for the Pierce County Septic Repair Grant and Loan Program has been approved!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I guess we now have an official KGI Watershed blog! This is our chance to discuss all things related to water and the Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands area west of Tacoma, WA. Thanks for joining us!