Took a tour of some local watersheds with Sustainable Bellevue and People for Puget Sound.

We certainly place a lot of obstacles in our streams' way.

Part of Kelsey Creek is hidden in a culvert running underneath the parking lot of the Kelsey Creek Shopping Mall.

It escapes the parking lot through its final grating en route to Larsen Lake.

While another branch pours down the fish ladder into Mercer Slough en route to Lake Washington.

Meanwhile, runoff from new housing developments wells up into these ponds and then seeps through the sandy bottom, leaving impurities before emptying into Lakemont Creek en route to Lake Sammamish.

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