September 2009 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

kids enjoying huge pumpkin display2009 Harvest Celebration Farm Tour
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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.

Help for Busy Landowners in Raging and Patterson Sub-basins

Beginning this Fall, the Federal EPA is funding a community-based program which offers financial and technical assistance to landowners in the Patterson and Raging basins. Based in the Snoqualmie Valley, Partnership for Rural King County is driving the community outreach components of the program. By working directly with neighborhoods and private landowners, PRKC is learning about individual property owner goals and identifying opportunities to help landowners contribute to a healthy environment. Approximately $110K is available to assist with crew and materials costs. See here for more information.

young stewards restoring habitatBuilding a New Generation of Stewards

This school year, Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force will be running a special science-based education program for 160 sixth graders at Snoqualmie Middle School. Restoration Ecology for Young Stewards (REYS) is a project- and inquiry-based curriculum that aims to promote stewardship by enhancing critical thinking and drawing links between human actions and ecological impacts. Students will learn about riparian ecosystems, watershed dynamics, water quality, non-point source pollution, and salmon.  They’ll then apply their knowledge to do three projects: 1) a habitat restoration project, 2) a science research project to support their restoration efforts, and 3) an interpretive sign for their restoration site.  Learn more.

Help Repair Trails and Improve Parks/Natural Areas

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is the spectacular landscape that connects Seattle and Central Washington, including the natural lands, rivers and communities. This Fall MTSG volunteers will repair hiking trails, remove invasive weeds and plant trees to improve parks and natural areas in the Snoqualmie Valley:

Workers maintaining the Greeway TrailSaturday, Sep 12 – Twin Falls Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Sep 19 – Twin Falls Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Oct 3 – Riverfront Park Ecological Restoration
Saturday, Oct 3 – Twin Falls Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Oct 10 – Cedar Butte Trail Maintenance

Events run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with half day options available on restoration projects. Groups and families welcome. Register online or call 206-812-0122.

Photo courtesy of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.

Stewardship Partners - Salmon Habitat Restoration Event

Our major river systems coincide with the most productive agricultural valleys, giving farmers a critical role in protecting water quality and restoring the once abundant salmon populations whose decline has become one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing our region.

Chinook Bend Phase 2 Complete

This summer, King County removed approximately 1,500 feet of a degraded levee and revetment at the upstream end of the Chinook Bend Natural Area. The project was implemented to allow the river better access to its floodplain in an effort to increase and improve habitat for salmon and trout. The project involved the installation of a temporary portable dam to divert flow away from the bank, and the removal of several hundred truckloads of large rocks. This was the second component of a three-phased approach to the floodplain restoration project. Learn more and see photos from this year’s construction work.

Puget Sound Starts Here logoNew Regional Outreach Tools

Looking for ready-made outreach tools for use in your programs? Need help meeting your city’s NPDES or stormwater outreach requirements? Well we have good news! The 55 jurisdictions participating in STORM (Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities) have teamed up with Puget Sound Partnership to launch a new campaign called Puget Sound Starts Here. The campaign includes a series of 4 television spots highlighting the state of the Sound, and things people can do to reduce their impacts. It also includes a collection of ready-made outreach tools that groups and jurisdictions can customize to their needs. You can access these tools by registering with PSP’s EcoNet website. For more information contact