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Camano Island is a unique and beautiful place. Like many other islands in the Puget Sound, water quality and quantity can be adversely affected by expanding populations - of both people and livestock.

If you would like assistance, and you live on Camano, these District staff people can assist you:

For farm and rural living issues, call the office at 425-335-5634.

For habitat restoration, CREP, and wetland/stream issues, call Kristin Marshall at 425-377-7017

To learn about the Camano Wildlife Habitat Stewards group, go to:


Triangle cove


Triangle Cove Watershed

Triangle Cove Newsletter Spring 2013

Triangle Cove Newsletter Spring 2014

Triangle Cove Newsletter Summer 2014

NEW - Triangle Cove Newsletter Spring 20152015 Spring Tri Cove Cover

A new focus on Triangle Cove and the surrounding landscape will eventually help residents, wildlife, and the Cove's aquatic life.

The Triangle Cove watershed makes up one of the largest drainage basins on Camano Island. Kristoferson Creek, which provides habitat for salmon, is the primary drainage feature flowing into Triangle Cove.

The watershed includes areas like Camaloch, Camaloch Golf Course, Camano Hills, Camano Plaza, Barnum Point and vicinity.

So, Is There a Problem with Triangle Cove?

The short answer is yes. The Department of Ecology’s 303(d) impaired waters list identifies Kristoferson Creek as exceeding water quality parameters for fecal coliform bacteria, pH, and dissolved oxygen. The privately held tidelands in Triangle Cove are currently unclassified by the State Department of Health for shellfish harvest. Island County was recently awarded a National Estuary Program grant that will focus on water quality improvements in the Triangle Cove area.

What Will be Done to Help Clean Up the Cove?

A shoreline survey will be completed to sample water quality draining into the cove. The water test results will be available online once sampling begins.

The source of bacteria will be identified (i.e. failing septic systems, pet or livestock waste, or wildlife). Classes on low impact development practices like rain gardens, bioswales and rain barrels will be offered along with farm tours and classes.

On-going septic inspections and compliance monitoring will occur.

For septic issues, call Kathleen Parvin at Island County

Phone:  360.387.3443 ext. 240 


e-mail:  KathleenP @

For help with agricultural best management practices  for farms and rural landowners, call Kristin Marshall, Snohomish Conservation District, to set up a farm planning or other rural home visit.

Phone: 425-377-7017

Email: Kristin @


Map of Marine Resources in Island County
There is a now a web-based interactive map of marine resources for  Island County!

Location: (

You  can view intertidal & subtidal habitats, shore types, marine animal distributions, & much more with the click of a mouse. You can zoom in or out, or measure distances & areas by single-clicking on the toolbar above the map.
Detailed information about a location can be obtained  by drawing a rectangle (use "Select Extent" tool) or a polygon ("Select Polygon" tool) around the area of interest  - a Beach Report opens with a list of Points of Interest.  
Sources of data associated with each Point of Interest, such as MRC research reports or WSU Extension’s "Getting to the Water's Edge", can be accessed by clicking on the link. This is the initial phase of the website, with updates & more data to be added in the coming year.
The website is sponsored by the Island County Marine Resources Committee & the Northwest Straits 
Commission, with  substantial assistance by Island County's Planning, Public Works, & Health departments, Island County's Shoreline Master Plan update, & Island County WSU Extension.

State Parks

Cama Beach State Park

The New Cama Beach State Park opened in 2008. Check it out here.

Camano Island State Park

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Camano Island is a "Community Wildlife Habitat" with over 800 homes certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitats through the National Wildlife Foundation. If you're interested in creating your own backyard haven for wildlife, and lessening your impact on the environment, check out these six colorful tip sheets at the Wildlife Federation website here.


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