Streams and Wetlands
In the wet Pacific Northwest, many landowners have a stream or wetland on their property. Snohomish Conservation District has specialists on staff to help with habitat and water quality in streams and wetlands in Snohomish County and on Camano Island.
If you are interested in enhancing streamside or wetland vegetation using natural methods for slowing erosion or encouraging wildlife on your property, one or our Habitat Restoration Specialists can help you.
Here are their names and specialties, with a general contact phone and email at the end.
Ryan Williams - stream, river, and wetland health, riparian plantings, weed control, river and stream restoration, fish passage, urban wildlife habitat, WSDA Pesticide Applicator, HPA and wetland permitting, wetland boundaries (not official reports), pollinator habitat.
Kristin Marshall - stream, river, and wetland health, riparian plantings, weed control, river and stream restoration , fish passage, WSDA pesticide applicator, SEPA permitting and HPA assistance.
Cindy Dittbrenner - stream, river, and wetland health, riparian plantings, weed control, river and stream restoration, fish passage, local regulations and permits, beaver management, geomorphology and erosion, and water quality.
Contact Ryan, Kristin, and Cindy at
email: habitat at snohomishcd.org
Mukilteo Demo Garden Project Highlight
See this flier to learn about native plant gardens, and how they can attrack birds, bees and butterflies to your yard.
Programs to help you enhance streams and wetlands
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is one of our more popular programs. This program helps pay for re-vegetation of streambanks along eligible areas which are limited to salmon bearing streams.
The Creating Urban Riparian Buffers (CURB) program targets urban streams. If you live along urban streams in Brier, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens, Marysville or Stanwood the District can help you improve your backyard to enhance the health of urban streams.
Native Plant Resources
Guide with descriptions of native plants, and their habitat (water/sun) requirements.
A document containing native trees and shrubs commonly found in wetlands.
Guide by Sound Native Plants on salvaging native plants in your yard.
Shoreline/Bank Stabilization Resources
This WA Department of Ecology document gives a guide on managing vegetation to avoid slope failures on any steep slopes or bluffs.
This WA Department of Ecology document provides techniques and vegetation suggestions for controlling eroding banks and slopes.
This document details alternatives to bulkheading along lakes, ponds and the Puget Sound.
Brief document on the different types of erosion control fabrics on the market.
Wildlife Enhancement Resources
Nuisance Wildlife Resources
What to do about geese !?! Document on ways to minimize the impact of geese on your grass and other herbaceous plants.
Document on ways to minimize the impact of beavers on your trees and shrubs.