January 2010 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

2009 Snoqualmie Watershed Forum-KCD Grant Allocations

KCD project under constructionIn 2009 the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum allocated $745,000 in King Conservation District (KCD) grants to 20 projects that improve salmon habitat and water quality in the Snoqualmie Watershed. The projects included river and stream restoration, fish passage barrier removal, noxious weed control, water quality monitoring and watershed education. The Opportunity Fund grant program continued to excite and engage landowners and generated projects focused predominantly in five ecologically important areas of the watershed.  As part of this program, Forum and KCD Staff provided on-site technical assistance, project design support, and/or referral services to 14 landowners. You can see the full grant list here.

Important Public Meeting -
Restoration Projects in the Agricultural Production District (APD)

Project sponsors take note!  King County’s Departments of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) and Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) will be holding an important public meeting to discuss the process and conditions by which DDES and DNRP will review proposals for aquatic habitat restoration projects sited within King County's Agricultural Productions Districts.  The two departments will use this process in order to determine whether proposed projects comply with KCC 21A.24.381, adopted in late 2008. 

King County Seeks Public Input on Proposed Rules for Wood Placement in Rivers

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is seeking public comments on a draft rule that describes procedures for considering recreational safety when placing large wood in rivers, which is done to improve habitat for fish and wildlife and stabilize stream banks. Click here to access the draft rule and supporting documents.

DNRP has scheduled meetings, January 25 and 28, where the public can learn more about the proposed rule, and provide comments. The deadline for comments is 5 pm, Friday, February 19th:

Large woody debris in riverMonday, January 25 - 9-11 am
King County Library Service Center (administration building)
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

Thursday, January 28 - 6–8 pm
Mercer View Community Center
8236 SE 24th St.
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force logo

Earth Day 2010

The Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force will be hosting an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Stillwater Wildlife Area, just north of Carnation.  We are looking for partnering organizations to provide education and outreach activities to help us celebrate this family-friendly event. Our goal is to bring information on topics such as climate change and water quality to the surrounding communities, as well as plant 1,400 plants to save salmon. For more information, please call or e-mail Abby Kuranz (425-252-6686) or visit our Web site.

Volunteers Help Restore Riverfront Park

Tate Maider planting a young evergreen tree.Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers are repairing hiking trails, removing invasive weeds and planting trees to improve parks and natural areas in the Snoqualmie Valley. Tate Maider, a student at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, recently volunteered at Riverfront Park along with dozens of other volunteers. Together they planted over 250 native trees and shrubs, including this Western red cedar. This is part of a major restoration project at the park by the City of North Bend and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

The Greenway Trust is seeking volunteers for outdoor events throughout the year. Events run from 9am to 3pm with half day options. Groups and families welcome. To register: www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer or 206-812-0122.

Eagle Rock School students studying a stormdrain, learning how their actions can improve the  watershedKinders and Tadpoles: Hope for the Pond

By Clay Heilman for Nature Vision, Inc. 

Kinders in Ms. Edward’s class at Eagle Rock Multi-age School in Duvall decided to become a Blue Team – a group of kids who take on an action project to protect or enhance the health of our watershed.  These little Kinders wanted to care for the little, but vulnerable, inhabitants of their pond – tadpoles!  Nature Vision, the non-profit which manages the Blue Team program through a KCD grant, led students in a fun game/lesson called “Toadally Amphibians”.  In it, students role play a frog’s life cycle while navigating a habitat-themed obstacle course. Next the students visited the pond to see the tadpoles themselves.  The following week, they planted native plants around an eroded area of the pond, and began talking with friends and family about non-point source pollution and its effects on their amphibian friends.

Upcoming Event January 23 at Meadowbrook Farm
Historical Presentation Followed by Lakes/Trail Volunteer Event

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society (SVHS), King County Lakes Program and Weed Watchers invite you to a joint event.  Learn the history of the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company Mill and the missing mill town of Snoqualmie Falls in a SVHS video narrated by Dave Battey, with music by Harley Brumbagh.

Stay after the historical program to learn about how volunteers are helping the county detect environmental problems in lakes and forests.  County staff will report on what volunteers have accomplished in the lake monitoring program and the lakes and trails Weed Watcher programs in 2009.  All welcome!

King County Flood Alert icon'Tis the Season for Flood Preparedness

Most floods in King County occur between November and February. Are you and your family prepared? Here are several things you can do to protect yourself:

For more tips and resources visit the King County Flood Preparedness Web site.

Innovative Farm Pad Solutions

A collaboration among landowners, the Flood District and the Chinook Bend restoration project provided flood readiness for six farms in the Snoqualmie Watershed in 2009. New farm pads were built for a dairy, a mixed use farm, and a vegetable and flower farm. Three other farms added height to their farm pads built in 2007, ensuring their facilities are well above the 100 year flood elevation. The fill came from levee material removed at the Chinook Bend site--reducing costs for both the project and the landowners. The King County Flood District also provided support. DDES and KCD helped expedite the effort. Viva collaboration!

Elk Management

The Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group (USVEMG) is seeking members of the community interested in sharing their opinions, expertise, time and resources to support elk management.  For more information, please see their Web site.

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