December 2013 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Funding Available for Forest Landowners to Remove Fish Barriers

Funding available for forest landowners to remove fish barriersWashington DNR’s Family Forest Fish Passage Program provides funding for small private forest landowners to replace stream barriers that block fish passage. Lou Beck, King Conservation District Engineer, is available to assist landowners to apply for barrier replacement funding. The program is open to landowners who harvest less than 2 million board feet of timber per year, or don’t harvest any timber, and have road-associated culverts or other structures that block fish-bearing streams. To learn more about the program, contact Lou Beck by email or at 425-282-1923. For more details, visit the King Conservation District's Fish Barrier Replacement Program page (includes video).

Planting Trees in the Snoqualmie Valley

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust tree planting at Chinook Bend Natural AreaOn Saturday, October 26, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and King County hosted a tree planting event at Chinook Bend Natural Area in Carnation. Sponsored by PEMCO Insurance and supported by our hearty volunteers, including students from the University of Washington and Cub Scout Pack 568, almost 700 trees were planted along Snoqualmie River to restore critical habitat and provide protection for salmon. Currently, about 20 percent of the Chinook salmon returning to the Snoqualmie River spawn near Chinook Bend. Restoration and tree planting along the river helps restore wildlife habitat, control erosion, and maintain access to recreational areas.

2014 Envirothon Teams Forming

2014 Envirothon teams formingThe King Conservation District is recruiting King County high school teams to participate in the 2014 Envirothon, a North American competition for students to demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills on the topics of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils, wildlife, and sustainable agriculture.

The Northwest Regional Envirothon is May 1, 2014 at Warm Beach Camp near Stanwood. The King Conservation District will host the Washington State Envirothon May 21-22 at Camp Don Bosco near Carnation. King County high school students and teachers interested in forming Envirothon teams are encouraged to contact Nikki Marschke by email. To learn more, please visit the KCD Envirothon page.

The Snoqualmie Valley Strategy

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Stewardship Partners Snoqualmie Valley Strategy

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Stewardship Partners are bringing together stakeholders in the Snoqualmie Valley to collaborate, find common ground, and ensure the long-term sustainability of farms, forests, wildlife, and people. The Snoqualmie Valley boasts wild Chinook salmon runs, prized agricultural land that supplies local produce to area farmers markets and restaurants, and well preserved forests that serve as a backdrop to the Seattle area. The stakeholder group will work to confirm a shared vision for the Valley, identify metrics for success, and embark on a collaborative set of projects. Learn more at

Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program in the Snoqualmie Valley

Ames Creek agricultural drainage assistance and strem restoration projectFor many years, Ames Creek has overflowed its banks on a continual basis saturating the adjoining fields and stranding fish in the fields. Three property owners along the creek worked with the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program in partnership with the American Farmland Trust, the National Resources Conservation Service, Stewardship Partners, and the Snoqualmie Tribe to remove sediment and vegetation from the creek. Native plant buffers will be planted along the creek although one property owner utilized offsite planting to revegetate over 1000 feet of the bank along the Snoqualmie River in lieu of a native plant buffer through his property. The project will result in drier, more productive fields and fewer fish stranded. All the work was performed under one, no-cost permit.

Reed canary grass removal project in Snoqualmie ValleyThe King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP) participated in a hand removal of selected Reed Canarygrass (RCG) clumps to improve conveyance capacity of Indian Creek. The project will reduce the frequency and duration of flooding of the adjacent fields. The King Conservation District is working with the landowner to plant a native buffer along the stream which will eventually shade out the RCG and prevent it from returning. For more information about improving agricultural drainage, visit King County’s Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program page or call Brian Sleight, Stormwater Services Supervising Engineer, at 206-477-4826.

2013 Cooperative Watershed Management Grants Awarded

The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum’s 2013 Cooperative Watershed Management grant program funded by the King County Flood Control District (FCD) allocated $600,000 to 14 conservation projects. Projects ranged from habitat acquisition to watershed education and from riparian restoration projects to fish passage barrier assessments. In addition, the Forum allocated $68,214 in King Conservation District (KCD) funds. Please visit the Forum’s website to see a full list of projects funded (pdf).

Unincorporated King County Community Service Area Grants available

Looking for help with a community project in rural King County? $60,000 is available through the King County Community Service Area Program for projects in unincorporated King County, with grants of less than $5,000. Applications are due January 10, 2014. Information about the application process, grant application and a list of past awardees is available from the King County Community Service Areas website.

The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum works to protect and restore the health of the SF Skykomish and Snoqualmie Watersheds in harmony with the cultural and community needs of the Valley.

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Funding for this publication is provided by King Conservation District.