Wenatchee River Institute events
What’s the buzz? Invite more native pollinators to your backyard. The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) is hosting an event with Cascade Garden Club and Knox Cellars Mason Bees to learn just that. This event is happening on Saturday, April 9, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Red Barn at WRI. Jim Ullrich of Knox Cellars Mason Bees will be discussing our native pollinating Orchard Mason Bee, a solitary, docile, and very effective pollinator native to the Pacific Northwest. You’ll also learn how to establish a population in your own backyard. Whether you are new or a veteran of providing shelters and housing for this native bee, you are sure to learn something new. This is a FREE workshop, but registration is required.
Help Clean-Up the Icicle & Wenatchee Rivers
April is a great time of year for cleaning up the rivers. You can remove garbage that has accumulated over the winter before the snow melts and the rivers rise to wash things downstream. The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) has organized two opportunities to help clean our rivers on Saturday, April 16. 10 a.m.- noon come clean up trash along the Wenatchee River by foot with WRI. You will meet at the WRI parking lot at 10 a.m. and you may leave whenever you like. From 1-4 p.m., WRI partners with Waste Loop to offer a river clean-up by raft. This activity is sponsored by Orion Expeditions. You will be floating 3 miles via raft along the Icicle and Wenatchee Rivers. You will stop along the way to pick up litter from the banks. Due to logistics, this clean-up activity is limited to 30 participants and registration is required. Visit the website to find more information and registration: https://wenatcheeriverinstitute.org/. Visit the website to find more information and registration: https://wenatcheeriverinstitute.org/. Contact: Randee Zergerrzerger@wenatcheeriverinstitute.org 509-548-0181 ext. 7.
Studded tire removal deadline is March 31
Plan ahead to avoid the rush and possible fines
The arrival of spring brings a reminder to drivers in Washington to remove studded tires before the end of the day Thursday, March 31. By planning ahead drivers can beat the rush at tire service shops and avoid a potential fine of $136, starting Friday, April 1.
The Washington State Department of Transportation encourages drivers to remove studded tires prior to the deadline, if possible. Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways.
State law gives WSDOT the authority to extend the deadline when circumstances call for it, most commonly when a forecast indicates widespread snow and ice. While late season storms are possible in the mountain passes, there are no forecasted statewide conditions that would call for an extension of the deadline. More information about studded tire regulations in Washington is available online.
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