Boosting Cripple Creek’s ecosystem City, conservation district using native plants to buffer waterway

"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."

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