Stanwood Joins Edmonds in WWU’s Sustainable Communities Partnership
May 24, 2017
Stanwood has become the second city, along with Edmonds, to take part in Western Washington University’s Sustainable Communities Partnership.
The program is a joint endeavor of Western and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) that brings Western students into these communities to help local officials problem-solve long-standing issues in those towns.
In the case of Stanwood, as many as 100 Western students and faculty, mostly from the Environmental Science Department, will work with city officials over the next year to study flood risks in the city’s downtown core and gather data from those who live, work, and shop in West Stanwood with a goal of better understanding what the town’s options are with its long and often turbulent relationship with the Stillaguamish River.
Stanwood officials are looking at ways to keep its historic downtown viable while at the same time alleviating flood and property risks to the area.