If you live or work in the Snohomish watershed, District staff can help you manage your farm, protect water quality, promote fish & wildlife habitat, and address other issues on your property. Need help funding your project? Depending what your project is, the Conservation District may be able to share some of the costs.
If your neighborhood isn't covered in one of our special project areas, don't worry we can still help. The Snohomish Conservation District provides a full range of services to those who live outside of a special project area or when a project ends.
Join us in Monroe for our last beaver workshop for the fall. Did you know there are ways to live peacefully with beavers and allow them to paddle around your wetland or pond, build their dams, and raise their young with little to no impact on your activities?
Registration is now open for the 6th annual Women in Agriculture Conference!
"We Can Do It" is the theme for the sixth annual Women in Agriculture Conference. This year's conference on November 18th will be an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers. The conference is a one-day event held simultaneously in 40 locations throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
December 5-8 in Washington
The Pasture Calendar is a publication which charts forage growth west of the Cascade Mountains through the year and describes management practices that can influence forage quality and quantity.
Learn to harvest the power of Washington rain to improve your property and help the environment at the same time! Join experts from both King and Snohomish Conservation District in this special workshop designed to increase your rain garden know-how and improve mud management on rural, livestock, and horse properties.
Watershed News & Highlights
Hügelkultur is a German word that means hill or mound. In agriculture and gardening, it means no-dig raised beds constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Photo credit: www.richsoil.com
Photos of the rain garden installation process at Whittier Elementary School in Everett by our Vet Crew this August.
The shorter days of autumn inspire us to slow down after a busy summer, but accomplishing a few tasks before the rains set in and the winds start to blow will make winter more pleasant and surprise you with a healthy land and soil-scape next spring.
If you live in Monroe, and commute to I-5 and places beyond, you may see an Arco station along your route on the north side of Highway 2. Next to that Arco station are 8 acres of wetlands that the Snohomish Conservation District is helping to restore through a Department of Ecology grant. It is a unique opportunity to be so close to a major roadway making it highly visible. The hope is that this project site will promote public education, a sense of stewardship and a personal connection to the watershed.
Recently, our crew was out in Monroe mowing and cutting back the Reed Canarygrass, which is a non-native invasive freshwater plant.
Seven farms took part in the Photovoice Project hosted by the Snohomish Conservation District and The Nature Conservancy. Through a series of four workshops, participants responded to two questions - "Why is agriculture important to our community?" and "What are the major challenges facing agriculture?" - through photos and discussion.
Several schools recently finished up their participation in a National Fish and Wildlife funded grant, Puget Sound Starts at My School. This program involved 658 students in the planning, design, and installation of stormwater projects on school campuses. In total, the projects completed through this grant will divert and filter an estimated 435,769 gallons of stormwater every year!
Targeted watering in a raised bed? Yes! Derek Hann, one of the Design Engineers from Snohomish Conservation District, has invented a cool new way to water that will be easy to install at your house.
“The site has historically had issues with stormwater due to the abundance of Pacific Northwest rain. This is a great multi-benefit project. It helps Qualco remain at the cutting edge of lessening their environmental impacts and reduces their runoff to neighboring waterways. It helps provides clean water for fish, shellfish and other aquatic life.” - Brett de Vries, Farm Planner