July 2016 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum Ten Year Status Report is available hot off the press!

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum Ten Year Status ReportTitled Real Progress, Real Challenges: Working Toward Salmon Recovery and Watershed Health, the 20-page Status Report summarizes Forum and partners' progress toward salmon recovery over the last ten years. With an emphasis on 2011-2015, the document highlights lessons learned and emerging issues that will shape our work for the next ten years. Email polly.freeman@kingcounty.gov for a hard copy; the online version will be available very soon at the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum website.

Remember river safety as we swing into summer!

River safetyWashington rivers flow fast and deep in early summer. In 2015, 17 people died in preventable drownings in King County. As warm weather draws people to rivers, remember:

If you enter a river,

Learn more at King County's river safety website.

City of Duvall

Duvall recognized for its watershed plan – again!

Congratulations to the City of Duvall for winning a 2016 Washington State Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their watershed plan, which protects watershed processes and focuses future development in appropriate areas within Duvall and its urban growth area. Duvall received King County’s Green Globe award for this plan in 2015 as well. Read more about the announcement or view the plan.

Help build a connected local economy for the Valley

A River Runs Through It workshopThis spring, more than 100 community, government, and business leaders participated in an eight-part workshop series led by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Called “A River Runs Through It,” the series helped participants develop a vision for a more connected local economy in the Snoqualmie Valley. Plans focus on drawing new visitors to the valley and engaging those who already visit to stay longer and patronize local businesses. Partners are currently establishing four teams of community members to make the plans a reality: Outdoor Recreation, Farms and Culinary, Cultural Heritage, and Art and Local First. Contact Jennifer McKeown to join the effort.

Low flow in Cherry CreekStudy of 2015 summer temperatures in the Watershed now available online

Last summer’s record low flows and high air temperatures provided a unique opportunity to evaluate the status and trends of water temperatures in the Snoqualmie River. The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, in partnership with King County Water and Land Resources, deployed 27 thermistors to record water temperatures across the Snoqualmie River and its primary tributaries from June 20th to September 20th. Read the full report at the WRIA 7 website. This summer, staff will again monitor water temperatures in the Valley, hoping to identify areas of colder water (from groundwater or other sources) where salmon can find refuge from warm water temperatures when conditions heat up again.

Sinnema Quaale project aerialSnoqualmie Valley Trail closed until August 12 in Stillwater area

King County’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail will be closed to all use from approximately one and a half miles south of NE 124th Street to two miles north of the Stillwater Natural Area between Duvall and Carnation until August 12. Trail users are encouraged to take advantage of other parts of King County Parks’ 175-mile regional trail system while workers complete the Sinnema Quaale Revetment reconstruction along the Snoqualmie River. Last winter’s record wet weather and flooding delayed the project, requiring this short period of construction to complete the work. Learn more from King County flood service's capital projects website.

Agricultural drainage projects return Snoqualmie farmland to production

Agricultural drainage projects - ADAPIn 2015 the King Conservation District (KCD) partnered with the King County Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP) to clear more than two miles of blocked drainage channels on five farms in the valley. The projects returned 75 acres to full production that were previously too wet to farm, and enhanced production on another 405 acres. This year KCD will coordinate dredging an additional 1.3 miles of channels on six farms in collaboration with King County ADAP and the Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District. Learn more from the King Conservation District website.

Firewise pruningKING 5 News features Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew on a Valley farm

In a June news story, KING 5 environmental reporter Alison Morrow featured KCD’s WCC crew restoring habitat on a small farm near Carnation. See her KING 5 report showing how crewmembers help private landowners. If you are a young adult or veteran interested in a resource conservation career, consider a WCC position. Applications are being accepted now. Learn more from Washington State Department of Ecology's website.

Farm King CountyNew “one-stop shop” website for King County farmers

King County has launched a new, web-based directory of resources for King County farmers, thanks to a partnership with King Conservation District, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Washington State University Extension. The website also offers a network of technical experts to answer questions, help navigate the directory, or connect users to organizations and support services. Visit www.farmkingcounty.org.

Learn more about climate change and its likely impacts

Climate change is expected to bring us warmer temperatures, more intense rain events, rising sea levels, and more. Many of the changes have implications for the Snoqualmie Watershed’s salmon, flooding and farming. To learn more, come to the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum’s July 20th meeting (details available from Maureen.dahlstrom@kingcounty.gov)  or visit the UW’s Climate Impacts Group website for their readable and thoughtful reports on probable climate change impacts to the Puget Sound region.

Snoqualmie Watershed posterFabulous watershed posters available FREE!

Remember that the beautiful “From Mt. Si to Wild Sky” watershed posters – featuring the photography of talented Valley residents – are available FREE from polly.freeman@kingcounty.gov or by calling 206-477-3724.

And mark your calendar for these great events in the Valley:

Firewise for hose owners July 23 July 23: Get yourself AND your horses wildfire-ready!

Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water for a FREE presentation on wildfire preparedness for equestrian properties.  The workshop, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Carnation Library, will focus on ways landowners can identify and reduce wildfire risks on their property. This event is presented by the King Conservation District, King County and Horses for Clean Water. Register free at www.kingcd.eventbrite.com  or get more information at 206-477-4842.


Outdoor activities for the whole familyAugust 13: Bring your family to the first-ever Snoqualmie Valley Adventures Jamboree!

This outdoor-themed event at Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center in North Bend will feature local organizations providing fun, educational, and creative outdoor activities for the whole family: survival skills, hiking, nature art, scavenger hunts, beekeeping and more. Learn more from Compass Outdoor Adventures.


Big Soos Creek knotweed controlAugust 18: Learn how to fight invasive knotweed

Learn how to control invasive knotweed safely and effectively at a free workshop offered by the King County Noxious Weed Control Program, the City of Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Tribe. Participants may borrow the County’s knotweed stem injectors for their own use. The class will be held 6:30-8:30pm at Meadowbrook Farm. Learn more at King County's knotweed control workshop page.


Snoqualmie Watershed posterAugust 27: Field day slated for forest owners from veteran to newbie

Whether you have a couple of wooded acres or a large forest, this day is for you! Forestry specialists from around the region will provide outdoor workshops, demonstrations, tours, and resources. Sponsored by WSU Extension Forestry, the field day at the Claremont Forest will take place 9-4 and costs $25 with lunch provided. Visit the website for more information, call 206-263-1128 or email kelsey.ketcheson@wsu.edu.

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.

If you would like to be added or removed from the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum mailing list, or if you would like to submit an item for inclusion in the next Snoqualmie Watershed Forum e-newsletter, please contact Maureen Dahlstrom.

Funding for this publication is provided by King County Flood Control District.