What's New in the Snoqualmie Watershed
There were a few mistakes in the August 30 E-news, please see below for the corrected version.
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Feast on the Farm, You Are Invited, September 16. Tickets on Sale now!
Save the date for the 14th Annual Feast on the Farm on September 16, 2023, and immerse yourself in the world of sustainability happening all around us. Feast on the Farm celebrates the work of Stewardship Partners to engage Puget Sound communities as caretakers of our land and water. Feast on the bounty of food prepared by local chef Lisa Dupar. Raise a glass of Willamette Valley Vineyards wine or a craft cocktail featuring Diageo Spirits and break bread with like-minded community members engaged in caring for our region. After dinner, settle in on a haystack to the sounds of musician Lila Forde, and her inspired fusion of jazz, folk, and singer-songwriter. Tickets on sale now! Head over to FeastOnTheFarm.org to purchase.
City of North Bend asks residents to conserve water
The City of North Bend recognizes that the health of the Snoqualmie River moves beyond city limits, touching neighboring and downstream communities. With that, the City actively pursues water conservation in many ways, through:
- Ongoing distribution system leak reduction
- Customer conservation education
- Replacement watermain installation
- The 2020 enactment of the Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO)
The City is in its fourth year of engaging in the WCO. The intent of the ordinance is conservation education and awareness. It serves as a practice that benefits not only the North Bend community, but the Snoqualmie Valley as a whole. Visit City of North Bend website to learn more.
Surface water management fee discount for low-income property owners
If you qualify as a low-income household and live on your own property in unincorporated King County, you may be eligible for a 50% discount on the annual surface water management fee on your land parcel(s). Residents approved for the King County Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities Reduction in Property Taxes are already approved for this discount and do not need to apply.
The open period to apply is every year from August 1 through September 15. Learn more about the fee discount at kingcounty.gov/swmfeediscount, call 206-477-4800, or send an email. Information about the discount is available online in English, Español | 한국어 | Af-Soomaali | русский | 中文 | Tiếng Việt (Spanish, Korean, Somali, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese).
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum July Tour a great success!
This year’s watershed tour featured sites demonstrating the importance of the upper watershed processes for salmon health in the lower valley. It was a busy two hours with a caravan of 50 participants visiting projects: Meadowbrook Slough Riparian, Fish Hatchery Road Wetland Reconnection, and Fall City Floodplain Restoration. The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum was pleased to have State Representative Ramos (Leg. District 5) and Rep. Goehner (Leg. District 12) join us for the afternoon.
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum meeting, you are invited
The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum will gather at the Duvall Visitors Center on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., and all are welcome. During this meeting we will discuss priorities for the state legislature in 2024, celebrate our accomplishments in 2023, get an update on monitoring priorities for the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish, and more! We will also be announcing an opportunity for non-profit group staff to apply to be members of the Forum starting in 2024. Please RSVP to Elissa Ostergaard.
Still Wild: 10,000 years of salmon, one month of celebration
The March of the Vegetables (MoV), a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to connect people with one another and with the natural environment, is planning a month-long celebration of wild fish in the Snoqualmie River. The Snoqualmie River hosts five species of salmon that have been returning for 10,000 years.
The MoV crew believe that when we feel connected to each other and to this exquisite natural environment, we have more desire and capacity to take care of the land and creatures.
Partners include: Endangered Species Coalition, Wild Fish Conservancy, Snoqualmie Tribe, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, King County, and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.
Come and participate:
- Salmon trading cards! Artists have donated images that will be printed on trading cards that you can find throughout the month. These free collector’s items have art on one side, and information about our local environment on the other. Prizes for collecting them all!
- Work Party at Mountains to Sound Native Plant Nursery (9/9, 09:00-12:00).
- Workshop: Salmon in the Snoqualmie River! (8/26) (SOLD OUT)
- Trivia night at The Grange! (9/14). Compete with your friends to see who knows the most about the watershed. Prizes!
- **Final celebration, 9/30, 3-5. Stroll along Main Street in Duvall and enjoy free art projects, educational activities, and more. **Note: If your organization would like to participate, please send an e-mail
Skykomish River Valley: Return of the Salmon Celebration!
Saturday. Sept. 23, 2023
Join Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce in the Celebration of the cultural heritage of the Skykomish River Valley.
We gather to Honor the legacy of Chief T'seul-Ted and witness the annual return of the Salmon to our waterways. Learn about how we can protect our Salmon Watersheds to preserve this age-old return of the salmon for our future generations. Run with the Salmon on our 5K Salmon Run through the Trails along the Sultan River or take in the sites on our curated 1-mile Fin Walk. Explore crafts, listen to music & presentations. Lots of activities for the whole family.
Jobs and Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Washington Conservation Corps is hiring for the Snoqualmie Field Crew, position start dates October 2, 2023.
This restoration crew serves with Snoqualmie Tribe’s Environmental Natural Resources Department and Seattle Public Utilities in the Snoqualmie River Watershed. This crew supports riparian restoration projects including the staging and installation of native plant species, with potential for monitoring and surveying opportunities. Projects will also include site maintenance which can involve mowing, noxious weed control (hand pulling and herbicide application), browse control, and mulching. With the Snoqualmie Tribe there may be opportunities to learn about tribal government and the Tribe’s role in the recovery of culturally significant salmonid species such as Chinook. With Seattle Public Utilities projects may be inside restricted public access areas with opportunities to learn about drinking water management, and the history of the 100,000+ acres of watershed land that is exclusively owned by the City of Seattle. Regular schedule is Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Apply online.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hiring Aquatic Restoration Manager—Snohomish Watershed! Closing date 09/14/2023
Help advance DNR’s efforts to support habitat restoration, salmon recovery, and watershed health in the Snohomish watershed, an important Puget Sound river basin home to nine salmonid species. This new position will create dedicated capacity in the Orca-Straits Aquatic District to implement land management, stakeholder engagement, and project management to support habitat restoration and protection in the Snohomish basin. This work will help implement DNR’s Snohomish Watershed Resilience Action Plan (WRAP), a watershed scale effort to promote salmon recovery, water quality, forest health, and vibrant communities.
Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program – Closed (reopens late Fall 2023)
Each year, the King County Flood Control District (FCD) allocates a portion of its capital budget to fund implementation of Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) Forum priority activities via the Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program (CWM). See 2023 projects awaiting Flood Control Approval (expected Sept 2023).
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill – Grant Opportunities Open Now!
For more opportunities for ecosystem recovery in Puget Sound through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, please check out a searchable table on the Puget Sound Partnership website. Project sponsors can filter funding opportunities by open grant round, eligible entities, recovery focus, and more.
Grant rounds opening later in 2023:
Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board (BAFBRB): A biennial grant cycle focused correcting fish passage barriers that impact salmonids. The BAFBRB 2025-2027 funding cycle is expected to open in October-November of 2023.
Floodplains by Design (FbD): A biennial grant cycle focused on re-establishing floodplain functions in Washington’s major river corridors. The FbD 2025-27 funding cycle will start in November 2023.
Streamflow Restoration: A biennial grant cycle focused improving streamflows, such as altered water management, water right acquisition, water storage, feasibility studies, and floodplain, riparian, and wetland restoration. The Streamflow Restoration 2025-27 funding cycle will open in Jan. 2, 2024. Funding guidelines will be available on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
The Terry Husseman Account (THA) grant program: Grant round focused on locally sponsored projects (max. $50k) that restore or enhance the natural environment. The next THA grant funding cycle is expected to open in January-February 2024.
Salmon and orca in the news
Biden-Harris Administration Announces $106 Million in Recommended Funding for West Coast and Alaska Salmon Recovery US Dept. of Commerce
Canoe Journey tradition re-emerges in aftermath of pandemic OregonLive
'Toki' the orca dies in captivity before planned PNW return KUOW
Big salmon run at Seattle’s Ballard Locks is wowing visitors The Seattle Times
What the Elwha River Teaches Us MidCurrent
Malice, mischief or fad? Orca experts intrigued by boat bumpings SwissInfo.ch
Conservation-minded approach to fisheries management validates sustainable salmon for Southern Resident orcas — and people Medium
How Beer Is Helping Salmon Find Their Way Home From the Ocean Food & Wine
Plaintiffs in Long Fight Over Endangered Salmon Hope a Resolution Is Near The New York Times