[Monroe] Chamber trades lawn for rain garden

[Monroe] Chamber trades lawn for rain garden

The volunteers that came to help plant the garden beds this month represent the area’s largest minority community, Riley said. The district staff worked with the Monroe Public Library, the Edmonds Community College Latino Education Training Institute and other organizations for outreach, she said.

Monroe has one of the highest populations of people who are Latino and Hispanic in Snohomish County, Riley said.

Ten percent of Snohomish County’s population is Hispanic or Latino, according to the most recent census data. That number is closer to 20 percent for Monroe, according to the City of Monroe.

“It takes all of us to do something on our own property, and that is what the chamber wanted to exemplify,” Riley said.

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

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.

Photo Credit: Kelly Sullivan, Monroe Montior

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Snohomish Conservation District honors Lynnwood resident Carol McMahon for rain barrel projects

Snohomish Conservation District honors Lynnwood resident Carol McMahon for rain barrel projects

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.

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Bringing nature back to Livingston Bay

Bringing nature back to Livingston Bay

Away with those nasty blackberries, deadly nightshade, poison hemlock, invasive morning glory, ivy and thistles.

Residents of the Livingston Bay community on Camano Island received assistance from Snohomish Conservation District to plant much nicer, beach-friendly native plants in a project that has been in the works since 2013.

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Love of woodlands earns Marysville man conservation kudos

Love of woodlands earns Marysville man conservation kudos

Before starting his volunteer work with the conservation district, Jim Weisenbach said he found animals more interesting than plants. Now, he loves identifying, growing and learning about local flora.

“The native wildlife needs the native plants,” he said. “You can’t have one without the other.”

Photo courtesy of the Everett Herald / Dan Bates.

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Puget Sound farm group shifts approach to saving crop land

The Washington State Conservation Commission toured the fast-growing north Puget Sound area last week, and farmer Dan Bartelheimer had something to tell it.

“This agricultural land needs to be protected and kept intact,” said Bartelheimer, president of the Snohomish County Farm Bureau.

The simple message won’t be easy to carry out. The county’s agricultural sector has been losing ground to private development and government projects. The first stop on the commission’s tour was a former dairy that will become a city park.

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