The city and Snohomish Conservation District teamed up for the planting project, which was conceived in 2014. That’s when Bertrand and Alex Pittman got together, “when the emails started flying.”
Pittman was looking for a way to cool down water in the French Creek sub-basin. Warm temperatures affect the amount of dissolved oxygen in its tributaries. Low levels create a chronic barrier to fish passage, according to the conservation district.
Cripple Creek enters the Monroe Wetlands to the north, and then exits via the southwest corner. The waterway connects with French Creek, which then flows into the Snohomish River.
The conservation district has been focused on French Creek for a while, according to Pittman. Salmon struggle to survive in its warm waters.
McMahon won the Conservation Leader of the Year Award for her use of SCD cost-share program to install a rain garden in her front yard in 2013. In 2017, district officials were happy to hear that she had also expressed interest in being the recipient of free rain barrels for its partnership project with the City of Lynnwood.
Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, president of the Students Saving Salmon Club at Edmonds Woodway High School, will be honored April 12 at Snohomish Conservation District's Better Ground Showcase in Mukilteo.
Matt Cash (left) and Taylor Pesce work to install a rain barrel at Experience Momentum in Lynnwood on Oct. 11. Cash and Pesce work along with other veterans in a group that completes projects around the county for the Snohomish Conservation District. (Ian Terry / The Herald)