This year, Environmental Services' Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) awarded a grant to the Lents Youth Initiative (LYI).
Partners Rose Community Development, Green Lents and OPAL hired two Environmental Stewardship Interns to lead community improvement projects such as building a bioswale and participating in monitoring and data collection for Green Lents watershed heath projects.
Along the way, they engaged many neighbors and gained new skills. One project, the bioswale at Beyer Court Apartments, involved organizing volunteers to remove pavement and sod to create a swale and pollinator garden that will manage stormwater runoff from the 6,000 square foot parking lot. That leads to a healthier Johnson Creek, a healthier environment for residents and neighbors, and a lot of new community connections. Great work LYI!
Check out this video that highlights the work of the all of the summer interns, including the two hired through the CWSP grant.