October 2015 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

King County Farmland Improved by Agricultural Drainage Program

Agriculture Drainage Assistance Program projectIn 2014 and 2015 King Conservation District (KCD) received grants from the King County Flood Control District to fund a cost share program for participation in the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP).  The cost share paid approximately 90% of the owners’ costs for dredging their agricultural waterways this past summer.  In total, the projects removed over 5000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment in over 11,000 linear feet of waterway.  King County is currently accepting application for 2016 ADAP projects.  If you would like to talk to an engineer about your drainage problems, call Lou Beck, Stormwater Services Section Senior Engineer, at 206-477-1282.

October is Flood Awareness Month – are you prepared?

Snoqualmie Valley floodingForecasts of an El Niño weather pattern suggest a warmer, drier winter ahead. But rivers still pose serious flood risks. It was only five winters ago that heavy rain and melting snowpack resulted in record flooding on the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers and more than 44,000 people in Western Washington had to evacuate. Taking just a few simple steps can help you be prepared and resilient!

Join us for A River Runs Through It!

This eight-part dialogue and workshop brings together business owners, farmers, recreation and cultural groups, community leaders and citizens to connect and strengthen our local economy. Participants will walk away with:

Register now for a discounted rate!

Noxious Weed Control Program Reaches Snoqualmie River Milestone

Snoqualmie River knotweedFor ten years, the King County Noxious Weed Control Program has been removing invasive knotweed within the floodplain of the Snoqualmie River watershed with the goal of removing all knotweed above Snoqualmie Falls to protect and enhance the salmon bearing waters of the Lower Snoqualmie. By reaching the river confluence this goal is now closer than ever. Next year, in partnership with the Snoqualmie Tribe and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, knotweed removal from the confluence to Snoqualmie Falls will begin. The weed control program is currently starting preliminary surveys downstream from the confluence to the Raging River.

Stormwater Etiquette Videos

Stormwater pollution is the number one contributor of toxic chemicals in Puget Sound. Rain picks up pollutants that eventually end up damaging our beautiful waters, negatively impacting our local economy, recreation, and wildlife habitat. Luckily, we all have the opportunity to be part of the solution!

These videos explain stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) that prevent pollution to our waterways. BMPs can be used by everyone in the region!

King County seeks applicants for Rural Forest Commission positions

King County is looking for volunteers to serve on the Rural Forest Commission and advise the King County Executive and County Council on policies and programs pertaining to forests and forestry. King County residents with a working knowledge of forestry, the ability to work with differing viewpoints, and who meet one of the following criteria may apply:

To learn more contact the Forestry Program at 206-477-4842; e-mail linda.vane@kingcounty.gov; or visit the Rural Forest Commission website.

Drought update

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have brought our local rivers and streams into more typical temperature and flow ranges. This summer was an extreme event and the temperature data collected through the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum and King County will be analyzed and written up in a document that will be shared on the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum website this winter.

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 County Flood Control District.