December 2017 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Langlois Creek Restoration Project

Langlois aerial
Wild Fish Conservancy (www.wildfishconservancy.org) has constructed a habitat restoration project to naturalize a ditched portion of Langlois Creek, a Snoqualmie tributary located just south of Carnation, WA.  The restoration project added several hundred feet of sinuous channel, including large woody debris and extensive native vegetation, to increase the quality and quantity of habitat and restore the channel to more historical conditions.  Riparian plantings and water quality monitoring are ongoing.  The project is funded through the King County Flood District's Cooperative Watershed Management program and the North American Wetland Conservation Act.  Project partners include Sound Salmon Solutions and Ducks Unlimited.

Langlois aerial photo.


Stay informed about flooding

Tolt Hill Rd Bridge
With flood season upon us, now is an excellent time to sign up to receive King County's flood alerts and learn about other flood-related services and information. The county offers a free flood warning app that provides real-time flooding information on your mobile device. The award-winning app shows current river flows, river stage data and forecasts, as well as real-time flood phases and easy-to-read graphs. The county also provides free flood alerts via email and/or phone (voice or text) and by the river of your choice.

The county provides comprehensive flood services information on its website. There, you can learn about ways to prepare your home and family for flooding, where you can go for free sandbags and how to access an interactive map that will provide flooding information for your neighborhood. Prepare now, before the waters start to rise!

Photo of Tolt Hill Rd Bridge.


Local organizations work with citizen scientists and landowners to study and conserve amphibian populations

Frogs and salamanders don't garner the same respect as salmon, but as we learn more about them, both scientists and interested citizens are waking up to their ecological importance.
Local organizations are teaming up with landowners and citizen scientists to get a better picture of the health of our regional amphibian populations. Woodland Park Zoo continues to involve amateur naturalists in their popular amphibian monitoring program, and Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is initiating a study focusing on traffic impacts to Snoqualmie Valley amphibian populations.

Read more about amphibians and these studies at the Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center website.


A Walk at Meadowbrook Farm

The historic Meadowbrook Farm offers a beautiful, flat 2.5 mile loop hike that is great for kids and leashed pets. Check out this guided itinerary from Savor Snoqualmie Valley and enjoy exploring this scenic park while you learn about its history, resident elk herd, and interactive art installation as you go.


Watershed Management for Salmon Recovery tours

Cherry Creek tour
This spring, Sound Salmon Solutions debuted a pilot program providing elected officials with information and resources on salmon recovery in the Snohomish Basin. Funded by King County Cooperative Watershed Management Grants, the program consisted of restoration project tours and watershed specific reference guides. Elected officials had the opportunity to see projects first hand and engage with project partners, city planners, farmers, and restoration ecologists. Participants overwhelmingly agreed they would recommend the tour to others because "it's important for those who serve to be aware of all efforts in their jurisdictions that help fish, farming, land and water management practices."

Photo of Cherry Creek tour.


Snohomish Salmon Story Map is LIVE!

For over the last year Lindsey Desmul (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) has been working with a group from DFW, NOAA, Tulalip Tribes, and Snohomish County to create one of the first story maps in a series they hope to build. This story map focuses on the importance of estuaries to salmon in Puget Sound, and looks specifically at data collected in the Snohomish estuary that will tell us more about what variables make estuaries important. You can find the story map here. If you would like to share your stories or have an idea about story maps you'd like to see, please contact lindsey.desmul@dfw.wa.gov.


Place orders now for King Conservation District's 2018 Native Plant Sale.

The KCD Native Plant Sale features 70 species, with a focus on affordable bareroot and plug material. They broke records in 2017 with over 700 orders selling 60,000 native plants! Placing your orders soon ensures best selection and prices. Orders over $300 placed through the end of November will receive a 10% discount. See the Native Plant Sale page on our website for details and online ordering. The Plant Pick-up day is Saturday, February 24th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


In the news:

Tolt Hill Rd Bridge
Stormwater pollution in Puget Sound streams is killing coho before they can spawn
Coho are dying from polluted stormwater as soon as they enter the streams to spawn, and so many are dying that it could cause them to go extinct, according to local researchers. However, they also found that when runoff from urban areas is filtered through the soil, coho will survive.

A King County volunteer looks inside an unspawned coho salmon. Photo by Elissa Ostergaard.

Scientists survey Pacific Northwest salmon each year. For the first time, some nets are coming up empty.

Escaped Atlantic salmon being caught over 40 miles up the Skagit River
On Thursday, December 7, fishermen and fisheries crews from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe caught Atlantic salmon over 40 miles up the Skagit River.

King County issues a moratorium on new nonnative salmon net pens
In response to the escape of over 100,000 Atlantic salmon from a Puget Sound net pen owned by Cooke Aquaculture last August, King County declared an emergency and issued a 6-month moratorium on new non-native salmon net pens along the shores of unincorporated King County. There will be a public hearing on the moratorium on January 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the King County Council Chambers at 516 3rd Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle, WA.


Grants and Funding:

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced the application deadlines for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Washington State would come earlier than previous years to account for a stronger focus on conservation planning.
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, however, eligible producers and entities interested have until March 16, 2018 to submit their applications for consideration for funding in fiscal year 2018.
More information: 
contact the local NRCS field office, located through the web site at:  www.wa.nrcs.usda.gov 

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium (HWC) Eligible projects:
The goal of the HWC Grant Program is to "accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds", with primary focus on prevention of land deterioration in the watershed by:

Key Dates: Applications due – February 1, 2018 
Funding available: $3 million

More information: Healthy Watersheds Consortium


Snoqualmie Watershed poster

And, as ever, remember that the beautiful “From Mt. Si to Wild Sky” watershed posters – featuring the photography of talented Valley residents – are available FREE from maureen.dahlstrom@kingcounty.gov!


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.