By Carola Tejeda, CNLM's Conservation Assistant
Precipitation has returned to Western Washington. The rains bring more than just water to the prairies, they bring life. Rains represent the redistribution of water and nutrients across the prairie landscapes. Much of the rainfall we receive in this region originated as condensed ocean water. While heavy downpours can strip some of the soil’s nutrients, the continuous moderate rains we get in Western Washington usually return nutrients to the soil.