The purpose of the agreement is to contract with the Washington State Department of Ecology
Conservation Corps (WCC) to maintain stream and habitat restoration sites around the City.
mitigation capital improvement projects. . Maintenance is typically required by permit approvals for the first five to ten years after project completion. The value of site maintenance goes far beyond permit compliance in that it protects and improves the public investment in these habitat
enhancements, promoting healthy and attractive restoration areas. Maintenance of
restoration sites involves control of invasive weeds, litter patrol, replacement planting, and
other activities important to overall project success. This regular site maintenance enhances
already completed projects, building on the initial investment, as well as improving the
aesthetics of sites. Read More >>
Washington State Department of Ecology’s WCC program crews accomplish a variety of
natural resource-related activities for local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations, and are
awarded to jurisdictions via competitive application. WCC staff are typically interning
college-age students learning restoration techniques and gaining job skills. A crew consists of
six staff that works a 40-hour work week.
The City of Redmond has utilized full or part-time WCC crews since 2004, including a six month
crew and a four-week travel (“spike”) crew for 2012-13. For the upcoming 2013-14 season, the City was granted the opportunity to hire a Federal AmeriCorps-subsidized six month crew. The subsidized crew will save the City $18,700 compared to an un-subsidized 6-month crew. The on-going relationship with WCC is partly because Redmond provides interesting and diverse work for the crews.
A six-month WCC crew for Redmond will cost $60,000 (work distributed throughout the
2013-14 season), and a 4-week travel crew to perform specialized work will cost an
additional $18,800. The travel crew includes Corps members that have additional
experience with unique projects. Using the 6-month crew and the travel crew during 2013-
14 will allow the City to continue the progress that has been made on project maintenance
The work consists primarily of removing invasive plants from City of Redmond capital
improvement project sites, totaling approximately 55 acres distributed around the city.
Installation of replacement plantings also occupies a significant portion of the crew’s time.
In addition, the crew provides assistance with volunteer events, native plant replacement,
habitat assessment, small stream maintenance projects, and site monitoring. The level of
maintenance for each location on the site restoration map varies widely. Older more
established sites may only require a brief check for weeds every six to twelve months, whilerecently planted sites are worked intensively three or four times per year.
Consent Agenda, 9/3/2013