First, East County Citizens Alliance (ECCA) volunteers launched an ongoing effort to pick up litter from state Route 14 (Highway 14) between Camas and Washougal. Then, they formally “adopted” the stretch of road through the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
And now, the Washougal-based nonprofit organization is preparing its next highway project, which promises to be bigger — and more colorful — than ever.
ECCA is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Southwest Region to bring a 4,000-square-foot wildflower bed to the north side of state Route 14 (Highway 14) between the traffic roundabouts at Washougal River Road and 32nd Street in Washougal.
“When we went through the process with (WSDOT) of adopting the highway, we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we could plant flowers as well?'” said project coordinator Barb Seaman. “Part of the thinking is that we’ve spent so much time out there picking up trash, and if it looked a little nicer, maybe people would think twice about throwing their garbage out.”
ECCA volunteers will begin to prepare the soil in April and plant seeds in the fall, and have hopes of seeing flowers bloom by the spring of 2024.