Thank You KIRO 7 Cox Conserves Heroes! $10,000 Awarded to Fight the Tox-Ick Monster

A big THANK YOU to the KIRO 7 Cox Conserves Hero Program, which awarded $10,000 to Sustainable West Seattle for its Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster Campaign Wednesday night.  The Hero Program is coordinated by Cox Enterprises, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, and the Trust for Public Land.

Laura James wins Cox Conserves Hero Award

Diver and volunteer extraordinaire, Laura James, was nominated by the Cox Conserves Heroes program for her amazing work scuba diving to get batteries out of Puget Sound (see short video of the Great Battery Round-up).  The grand prize for the award was a generous gift of $10,000 to Laura’s nonprofit of choice.  We are very grateful that Laura selected SWS to help us continue our fight against the Tox-Ick Monster.  Funds will be used to create resources to help other groups around the region adopt the Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign in their communities.

Together, many of us taking small steps like picking up dog poop, and larger steps like organizing education events in our local communities, we really can help restore Puget Sound.  Collectively, communities around Puget Sound can be the biggest force shaping the health of our waterways, and the fate of our cherished salmon and killer whales.  We hope you too will choose to be a hero.  If you want to get involved, contact


Tox-Ick visits the Rotary Club of West Seattle

The Tox-Ick Monster and diver extraordinaire, Laura James, made an appearance at the Rotary Club of West Seattle on July 17th.  More than 60 new audience members learned about polluted runoff, and the simple steps they can engage in to stop it.

If you know of an organization that would like to hear the Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster presentation, drop a note.  We may be able to schedule a presentation in your community.