Water Tenders has been very busy, looking after the health of the Bear Creek valley for the past 25 years.
This is a condensed list of some of our activities over the years.

1989 State of Washington Certificate of Incorporation as a non-profit Began Rain Gauge Study, and still do so Cleaned up Craftmaster Ravine (see archived Woodinville Weekly articles)
1990 Worked to site Woodinville Library on less sensitive location–original property now protected
1991 Began proposing Mary Cash Farm as property for public ownership
1992 Native plant salvage at current Woodinville Library site Planted the cedar trees in the meadow at Mary Cash Farm
1993 Began work on Waterways 2000 and acquisition advocacy for protecting sensitive areas First letters to seek funding to preserve Lloyd Family Farmstead (Paradise Valley Conservation Area)
1994 Granted 501(c)3 status March 1, 1994
1995 First “Meet the Salmon” event—kicked off as meet the Steward, Ray Heller; attended by 30 people Began Adopt a Park work parties—adopted over 90 acres First newsletter published and mailed to 750 subscribers
1996 Began advocating for Lower Bear Creek restoration, and still doing so Helped launch the Native Plant garden tour
1997 Hosted speakers on Fresh water mussels, bats, birds, and salmon at the Woodinville Library
1998 Adopt a Park Earth Day & other work parties at Daniel’s Creek, Mary Cash Farm, Craftmaster, UBCCA Agreement from Lloyds to allow discussions on purchasing Paradise Valley Conservation Area (PVCA)
1999 Two Water Tender members served on the Redmond Shoreline Management Plan CAC Performed boundary survey for future PVCA
2000 Funding for amphibian monitoring by King County ended—Water Tenders continues to monitor
2001 Built explanatory Kiosk at Tolt Pipeline crossing of Bear Creek Cold Creek planting project—50 volunteers planted over 500 native trees and shrubs
2002 Fresh water mussel study with Washington Trout—baseline mapping mussel presence in Bear Creek Adopt A Park—logged over 300 hours on 90 acres and the Cold Creek planting
2003 Printed educational handouts and Fish ID cards for various events and kiosk flyer rack
2004 Began work on Freshwater Mussel Field Guide Distributed 14,000 Derby Days flyers for Year of the Salmon, Salmon people, & Meet the Salmon
2005 Published 4,000 copies of “The Pacific Northwest Freshwater Mussel Field Guide”
2006 Planned, managed and participated in Paradise Valley Conservation Area Biological Inventory Printed EnviroTote lunch bags with salmon ID cards, polarized glasses, mussel ID cards
2007 Hosted information table at the Ballard Locks during salmon passage Co-hosted Watershed Watcher guest speaker events
2008 Funded kiosk, educational signage, trail signage installed at Paradise Valley Conservation Area
2009 PVCA reopened April 22nd, Water Tenders attended celebration First “Day of Caring” in the PVCA with Microsoft
2010 Began water quality testing of Hwy 5 20 run off in partnership with Washington Trout
2011 Numerous Paradise Valley Conservation Area work parties and “Day of Caring” with Microsoft
2012 Hired Earthcorps to remove invasive Yellow Flag Iris from bear Creek north of Wdvl/Duvall Road Information table at Redmond REI
2013 Partnered with King County, YWCA and Earthcorps to remove ivy and blackberries at UBCCA