October 2010 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Planting crops2010 Snoqualmie Watershed Forum - KCD Grant Awards

WSU King County Extension will be holding its 11th annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour on Saturday, September 26th. Since 1999, this event has offered residents a chance to experience the vitality of our local agriculture and the value of eating locally grown food. Meet your local farmers and enjoy activities like live music, corn mazes, hay rides, U-pick crops, cider making, cooking demonstrations and much more! Seven Snoqualmie Valley farms are participating this year. They include Ames Creek Farm, Carnation Tree Farm/Hjertoos Farm, Dougherty Farm, Fall City Farms, Full Circle Farm, Jubilee Farm, and Remlinger Farms. Learn more.

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum LogoSeeking Non-profit and Citizen Representatives for the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Are you a resident of the Snoqualmie Watershed who cares about the environment? Or are you involved in a non-profit organization that does conservation in the watershed?  If so, you may be interested in serving as a member of the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.

We’re currently seeking interested applicants for three citizen seats and one non-profit seat on the Forum.  This is your opportunity to help guide future Forum direction and activities alongside elected, citizen and non-profit representatives from the Snoqualmie Watershed.  If this interests you, we encourage you to apply.  It’s a simple application.  To learn more about the Forum and to access application materials and eligibility details, contact Maureen Dahlstrom or visit our website. The application deadline is Friday, Oct 29, 2010.

Help Set Roots in the Snoqualmie Watershed

Join the King Conservation District Stream Restoration Program at one of two volunteer planting events.  Come learn about the Conservation District, restoration and local ecology while lending a hand to improve the local environment. Volunteers planting

Register with Adam Jackson at volunteer@kingcd.org or (425)282-1908.

Culverts restrict fish passageOpportunity for Public Comment
Carnation and North Bend Shoreline Master Program Updates

Under State legislation the four cities of the Snoqualmie Valley must update their Shoreline Master Programs (SMP) by 2012.  All four cities are at various stages in their update process.  Carnation and North Bend both recently completed their Shoreline Analysis that will form the groundwork for their SMP updates.  They are inviting public comment on these documents.  Here are links to their draft reports along with their upcoming events and deadlines.

Cattle at the watering troughUpcoming Workshop - Agricultural Water Rights

King County, the King Conservation District and King-Pierce County Farm Bureau will be hosting a workshop on Agricultural Water Rights.  This interactive workshop is intended to help agricultural landowners understand the steps required to secure water rights for their farm operations.  It will also include a presentation from ecological experts who will highlight the importance of water for salmon and other aquatic species and give advice for using water responsibly and minimizing ecological impacts.  To learn more or register, see the workshop flyer or contact Steve Evans.

Floodwaters reaach the floor of a truck'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.