The Snohomish Conservation District received extra funding* through 2018 to help landowners in the Livingston watershed of Camano Island learn a variety of methods to manage mud and manure, and to improve pasture and soil health on their properties.
Benefits for Landowners
- Learn chore efficiency, farm cost-savings, and livestock health tips from Camano and Stanwood area workshops and model farm tours.
- Get technical assistance and support to implement methods that will reduce your challenges with mud, manure, and weeds.
Why is all of this important?
Livingston Bay and the Livingston watershed are part of the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA), an
area of special importance to fish, including salmon, shellfish, and migratory shorebirds. Humans rely on
this area to earn a living, enjoy the scenic beauty, recreate, and raise their families. The Port Susan MSA
was created to encourage voluntary citizen participation in conserving the area’s natural resources –
water, soil, beaches, plant and animal life.
In recent years, Island County's routine water quality monitoring program identified water quality
impairments in drainage ditches leading to Livingston Bay.
Ultimately, we aim to see better water quality reports in the Livingston watershed.
If you live in the Livingston watershed and have questions, suggestions for workshops, or would like farm planning assistance, please contact us! As always, our assistance is free and non-regulatory.
Kathryn Wells, Community Outreach Specialist
Photos courtesy of Snohomish Conservation District (top), and Whidbey Camano Land Trust (bottom)