Stories for Snohomish County

Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.


Cities, Schools, and Clean Water: A city works with local schools to protect water quality
Early education on the importance of good water quality and factors causing pollution is the “ounce of prevention” that leads to a “pound of cure.”
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Controlling Pet Waste in Suburban Areas: where to look - and what to say to the public
Snohomish County used a scientific approach to their pet waste challenge and created a program to help local governments change public knowledge and behaviors to help keep pet waste out of local streams.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Cottage Lake: Watershed Education Helps to Protect a Valuable Resource
Since the early 1970s, King County′s Cottage Lake has experienced algae blooms due to excessive amounts of phosphorus entering the lake. A Cottage Lake Management Plan was created. Data from the plan aided development of the Cottage Lake water quality cleanup plan (formally known as a Total Maximum Daily Load) for phosphorus in 2004, followed by the Cottage Lake Water Quality Implementation Plan in 2007. Once the Cottage Lake Implementation Plan was complete, the Friends of Cottage Lake, a non-profit organization made of of local residents, and King County worked in partnership to develop the Cottage Lake Total Phosphorus Reduction Plan Grant, provided by Ecology′s Centennial Grant Program.
(Clean-up water pollution; Control Stormwater Pollution; Clean-up water pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Door-to-door Outreach: Helping Streams One Home at a Time
Urban and suburban streams experience pollution and hydrologic stresses from local development. The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation worked with a neighborhood in the Marysville area to lower stream temperatures and improve water quality along Hayho Creek in the Middle Fork of Quilceda Creek.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Lake Ketchum: An Innovative Approach to Address Lake Pollution
Lake Ketchum is a small lake in Snohomish County. It historically served as a drinking water supply for the nearby city of Stanwood. The lake has experienced increasingly toxic algal blooms primarily due to uncontrolled sources of pollution entering the lake from a nearby farm and from phosphorus buildup in lake sediments. The Snohomish Surface Water Management, through funding from various sources and educating the public on best management practices, is working to control pollution going into the lake.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

New Tidgate for Batt Slough
Ecology Coastal Protection Funding combined with funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to replace a critical tidegate structure on Batt Slough in the Snohomish River Valley. The new high-tech, low maintenance tidegate solves flooding problems as well as improves water quality and salmon passage.
(Control Stormwater Pollution; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

North Creek Watershed - Fighting Flashy Flow
How the city of Mill Creek helped improved the health of North Creek flows and protected public and private buildings.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Putting the Reins on Stormwater: Improving Stormwater Management at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Local fairgrounds are an important part of many agricultural communities. The Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington, covers 185 acres. Snohomish County Staff noticed that the fairground’s stormwater treatment plan needed improvement. They worked with the state Department of Ecology to improve stormwater treatment by utilizing low impact development (LID) techniques.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Snohomish County – Evergreen State Fairgrounds LID Improvements Project
Snohomish County recently installed many low impact development (LID) improvements at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Snohomish River Basin: An Ecosystem in Transition
For several decades, Snohomish County Surface Water Management worked to rehabilitate several prime historical salmonid habitat estuaries in the Snohomish River Basin. With the project nearly complete, they found they needed a small amount of financial help to finish. So, they turned to Ecology’s Direct Implementation Fund to help them complete the project.
Clean-up water pollutionProvide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Solar-powered Livestock Watering: Keeping Cattle, Fish, and People Healthy
The Snohomish Conservation District installed a solar-powered watering system at a cattle ranch near Arlington, WA, and developed a loaner program. Read about what the District learned and how this off-stream watering technique can help you comply with state and local laws while raising livestock for profit or pleasure.
(Clean-up water pollutio)

To ORV or NOT to ORV, that is the Question: Reducing Impacts from Off-Road vehicles
The Department of Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office, along with the Department of Natural Resources, who managed the site, along with members of recreational user groups and concerned individuals worked together to improve and maintain miles of authorized ORV trails so that the area can be used for recreation without impacting the streams in the area.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Too Much Water in the Neighborhood: Neighbors find stormwater infiltration provides many benefits
Stormwater management in Snohomish County historically consisted of engineered delivery systems associated with impervious developed areas. A Snohomish County grant project pilot study began in 2004 to implement green infrastructure retrofits to stormwater facilities within existing neighborhoods and to educate and involve the public in stormwater management. Outreach activities reconnected residents to their natural areas in order to ensure the long-term health of these areas for the purpose of natural stormwater management.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)


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