A healthy, functioning natural environment is essential to life. Streams provide a place for plants and animals to exist in an urban environment, and support salmon, who need clean water. Our urban forest helps to clean our water and air, provides shade, fights climate change and contributes to a more livable city. Our parks and open spaces provide beauty and places for all of us to relax.
Kirkland influences how clean and healthy Lake Washington is for humans and wildlife because rain carries pollution from wherever it falls.
What's a watershed and how does it connect to the health of our environment?
A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular water body. Most of Kirkland is within the Lake Washington watershed. That means Kirkland influences how clean and healthy Lake Washington is for humans and wildlife because rain carries pollution from wherever it falls. Other cities along the lake are also in the Lake Washington watershed, so it’s vital to work together to protect the lake’s water quality and watershed health.
Key natural environment and ecosystems goals include:
Summary of Natural Environment and Ecosystems Focus Area(PDF, 198KB)
Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan, adopted in 2020, identifies actions the City and Kirkland community can take to fight climate change and make our natural spaces healthier.
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