Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project


Learn.  Educate.  Act.

Salmon in School students deliver their fish to the Imprint Pond; April 7, 2016

The Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP) uses education in action to promote clean water using the might of the Clean Water Act (CWA) to support the health and safety of salmon, watershed, community, and Puget Sound through volunteer, scholastic, agency, and community engagement.

Small, enthusiastic gathering for the March 1, 2016 release of the 1st batch of salmon.
Enthusiastic gathering for the March 1, 2016 release of the 31,000 salmon into Venema Creek.

CWCAP (501c3 non-profit status established in 1984) was founded in 1979 as a logical response to the might and potential effectiveness of the 1972 Clean Water Act.  Local community members lead by Nancy Malmgren mounted a Challenge To Action to the prevailing parks, city, and state agencies at the time.  With community action, water quality has been improved, Piper’s Creek Watershed and its forest/stream ecosystem has been impressively restored, and salmon return every year to spawn in the Carkeek Park/Pipers Creek Watershed.  A model, historical blockbuster, and tribute to community action is still playing out… everywhere.

Restoring wild salmon runs to Carkeek Park has led to countless learning moments and educational outcomes bringing about generations who protect and advance the health of the watershed.

CWCAP has educated, advocated, and acted to bring water quality justice to the Piper’s Watershed community since the beginning of this project.  For all its efforts, home owners, children, students, workers, pets, and park visitors from near and far away share the park with salmon, heron, beavers, salamanders, shellfish, insects, plants, and thousands of other visitors every year.

Join us as we learn together, seek realistic outcomes, and teach each other. Help reveal how simple it can be to change everyday behaviors in ways that promote and protect wild, natural places like Carkeek Park.

Large, enthusiastic crowd gathered on April 23, 2016.
Large gathering for the April 23, 2016 release of 35,000 salmon into Venema Creek.