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
Triangle Cove Watershed
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 @ co.island.wa.us
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.
Email: Kristin @ Snohomishcd.org
Cama Beach State Park
The New Cama Beach State Park opened in 2008. Check it out here.
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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