Burien takes on Tox-Ick

A huge shout out to Jennifer Dumalo, the outreach Manager for the Environmental Science Center!

Todays Tox-Ick.org presentation was organized in concert with Jenny Pell from Permaculture Now!

The LID (Low Impact Development) workshop was held in the Burien Library and City Hall building.  It was an excellent venue, with comfortable seating for numerous attendees and enough room in the back for light refreshments (including Whale Tail Chips) and tables for our Tox-Ick.org informational presentation board, pamphlets and brochures from many  partner organizations such as Rainwise, King County, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Seattle Public Utilities, Puget Sound Partnership’s Puget Sound Starts Here, just to name a few.

After the presentation, the audience members handed in their Tox-Ick.org pledge forms (3 things for 3 months, thats all we ask!) and names were then drawn at random for some EXCELLENT prizes graciously donated by: The Seattle Aquarium (this was a huge hit!), Zipcar (who couldn’t use some driving time??), Elephant Car Wash, Tully’s Coffee and Alki Auto Repair.   At the end of the year, all the names will be put in a BIG HUGE HAT, mixed up, and drawn for our GRAND PRIZE, a family membership to the Seattle Aquarium!   Many thanks to our donors, without you this wouldn’t be possible!

We are very grateful for opportunities such as this and would love to bring the Tox-Ick.org presentation to a business, school, community center, church, library, coffee shop, synagogue, or pizza place near you!   We are taking applications for our ambassador program, so if you are interested in helping stop The Monster, please email Cate (at) tox-ick.org or Laura (at) tox-ick.org.

Our next tabling event and presentations will be during World Water Week at Chief Sealth High School on Tuesday March 19 at the community resource fair between 6-7pm, and Friday, March 22 for two presentations at 9:50 and 11am.

There will be an 8 min “update and intro to Tox-Ick” at the upcoming Whale Trail Monthly Speaker Series on March 28

In April, DiverLaura will be giving an evening talk at the Environmental Science Center’s Earth Day Dinner and Silent auction on April 20th,  Tox-Ick.org as Keynote Speaker, how exciting is that?!

Photo’s courtesy of Norma Tompkins and Laura James

This project is funded in part by a Lower Duwamish Air and Water Quality Improvement Grant from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division.  

The content herein does not constitute an endorsement by King County Government, it’s employees, and its elected and appointed officials. 


Standing Room Only at Alaska Air Green Team Presentation!

Standing Room only in the Fight against Tox-Ick!

It was Standing Room Only at the Tox-Ick.org  “Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster” presentation given at Alaska Air Headquarters hosted by their Award Winning Green Team, and made possible by a Green Grant from King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

Already top of class for in flight recycling and fuel economy, Alaska Air is always looking for more ways to help the environment.  Bringing in Laura James from Tox-Ick.org to present “Seven Simple Solutions for Restoring Puget Sound” made for a perfect match!

Over $500 in prizes and snacks were donated by local businesses to support the event.  Contributions included earth friendly car washes donated by Brown Bear and Elephant, oil changes from Alki Auto Repair,  Seattle Aquarium tickets, a day’s driving credit and 50% off first year membership from Zipcar,  TorChia Chips from Whale Tail Chips and assorted other prizes thanks to the Alaska Air Green Team.  The prizes have the added benefit of helping audience members make better lifestyle choices that protect Puget Sound.

Tox-Ick.org would like to thank all of our supporters and invite all of you to be a part of the fun, education and prizes at our next engagement!

Join us on March 10th, 2013 at the Environmental Science Center!  Win great prizes and learn how to protect the beautiful and bountiful waters of Puget Sound from The Tox-Ick Monster!

Standing Room Only!

Tox-Ick’s Diver Laura teams up with Whale Trail and Seal Sitters for the kick off of a new Guest Speaker Series in West Seattle!

This week featured Mark Sears from Central Orca Network, with updates from Robin Lindsey with Seal Sitters (we got the scoop on a rehab’d pup visiting West Seattle) and Tox-Ick  (we wow’d the audience with The Monster Time-Lapse) and was standing room only at C & P Coffee

Stay tuned,  The Tox-Ick Team will be guest speakers at a future event!   (next up will be Lynne Barre from NOAA)

Great write up from West Seattle Blog!


Whale Trail, Seal Sitters and Tox-Ick team up!

The Whale Trail is kicking off a winter meeting/speaker series on Thursday, Jan. 24 at C&P Coffee.

Our first speaker is Mark Sears, local orca researcher. Here’s the details – hope to see you there!
What: “Central Sound Orca Research” Presentation by Mark Sears
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136
When: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
doors open – 6:30
program begins – 7:00
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free!
Advance tickets available at brownpapertickets.com
Description: Mark has been studying and documenting whales in this area for over 30 years. He’ll present highlights from and history of his research, including updates on recent orca sightings. Join us for this fun and informal evening – learn about orcas and support The Whale Trail, too!
Seal Sitters and diver Laura James (Tox-Ick.org) will also be on hand to share information and updates.

Tox-Ick.org Awarded $15,515 Grant from King County to Expand Outreach to Businesses in the Duwamish River Basin

Tox-Ick.org Awarded $15,515 Grant from King County to Expand Outreach to Businesses in the Duwamish River Basin

Tox-Ick.org is pleased to announce that it has new funding to grow its program teaching individuals how to clean up and protect Puget Sound through simple lifestyle choices.  The funding from King County will allow us to schedule 8 site visits at major businesses located in the Duwamish River Basin.

Lurking beneath the beautiful surface of Puget Sound is a big problem, a problem we call the Tox-Ick Monster. It is the polluted runoff that comes from our cars, our streets, our rooftops and yards and parking lots.  It might not sound like much, but cumulatively, it adds up to be the single biggest source of pollution entering Puget Sound each year – 14 million pounds of pollutants.  The pollution is killing off our salmon and our killer whales, and it threatens the future of Puget Sound. The good news is that every individual has the power to make choices that will prevent the pollution and help restore Puget Sound to the robust fishery that we imagine it can be.

Since being launched a year ago, the Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign has given more than 10 presentations to more than 500 community members at churches, community centers, Rotary Clubs, and school PTA’s, and awarded $5,000 in pollution prevention prizes. This generous new contribution will allow us to expand our outreach even further to some of the major businesses that drive our local economy.

Tox-Ick.org is a program of Sustainable West Seattle.  Tox-Ick.org educational resources are available to other community groups that want to become Ambassadors for Puget Sound. To learn more, visit Tox-Ick.org