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Clean Water Coaster Campaign

Want to learn about water quality in our region and what you can do to help improve it? You won’t have to look any farther than the bottom of your glass. 

Join Seattle Public Utilities’ Restore Our Waters Program and other partners for the unveiling of our Puget Sound Starts Here beverage coasters, a new water quality education campaign. The kickoff event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, at the Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Everyone is invited to join, celebrate, and learn ways to participate in Seattle’s clean water future. A limited edition I “heart” Puget Sound T-shirt will be exclusively available at this event.  Naked City is an all-ages venue until 10 p.m.  

Thanks in part to a grant from the Puget Sound Partnership, the coasters are being distributed by community partners to restaurants, bars, and cafes in the Pipers, Thornton, and Longfellow Creek watershed neighborhoods. These fun and colorful messages give Seattle residents actions they can take to improve the health of local waterways and Puget Sound every time they lift a glass. 

30,000 coasters will be distributed; they describe four actions that will help reduce pollution: picking up after your pet, preventing automotive leaks, not using pesticides and fertilizers in your yard, and planting more trees. All the coasters share the same message on back: In Seattle, 46,000 storm drains carry untreated runoff directly to our waterways. 

The coasters will be available at other participating restaurants after August 5, including these Greenwood businesses: Pig N’ Whistle, Gainsbourg, Sip & Ship, Wheatless in Seattle, 74th Street Ale House, Prost!, Pillagers Pub, Pub at Pipers Creek, and Bleacher’s, just to name a few.  

The Coaster Campaign was funded through a mini-grant from the Puget Sound Partnership. Partners include Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, Homewaters Project, Thornton Creek Alliance, and Longfellow Creek Watershed Council.