If you live or work in the Stillaguamish 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.
The Stillaguamish watershed is unique in that it contains shellfish beds at Port Susan and in South Skagit Bay. Because of previous downgrades by the Department of Health, there is a group that is tasked with monitoring activities and promoting stewardship to protect water quality and shellfish resources. They are the Stillaguamish River Clean Water District Advisory Board.
They generally meet monthly, except during the summer, at Peace Lutheran Church in Silvana. They meet in the evening and have representatives from various parts of the watershed, as well as industry, forestry, agriculture, two tribes, Snohomish County and Snohomish Conservation District. Call Sean Edwards, at Snohomish County Surface Water Management, for more information on this group. Sean can be reached at 425-388-3024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watershed News & Highlights
“This was a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of public-private partnerships, multi-benefit projects, and locally led actions,” said District Manager of the Snohomish Conservation District Monte Marti. “It highlights the commitment to and importance of voluntary stewardship efforts by private landowners.”
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.
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.
Rain gardens are a bright new idea for dealing with two frequent issues for horse properties: excess runoff and MUD!
More and more frequently now people are recognizing that people, wildlife and the environment all benefit from a landscape of native plants. To promote the use of native plants, Conservation Districts in Washington State hold native plant sales every winter.
Many horse owners don’t realize how helpful native trees and shrubs can be on a horse property. People, wildlife (including our valuable native pollinator insects), horses, and the environment can all benefit from a landscape of native plants.
The Snohomish Conservation District and the Veterans Conservation Corps are excited to announce several internship opportunities for United States military veterans. This position will work with landowners on stormwater resource concerns within urban and residential areas of Snohomish County and Camano Island, and occasionally in other parts of the Puget Sound region.
As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.
Michael Hipp joined the staff of Snohomish Conservation District in March to lead the District’s Sound Horsekeeping program and assist landowners with livestock and farm management. A native Texan, Michael built and managed a horse ranch for many years north of Amarillo.
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