Stories for WRIA 7*


Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's five Program 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 point and stormwater 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)

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.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater 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.
(Provide 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 pollution)

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)

Wheel-of-Water turns heads toward terrific new behaviors to protect aquatic treasures
Ecology found a way to compete for attention at fairs and other events while getting our water quality message across in a fun and entertaining way. A very impressive 30-inch "Wheel-of-Fortune"-type device engages people using a solid and attractive spinning wheel that could be safely manipulated by even small children, and brightly colored graphics from Water Quality′s series of light-hearted graphics from the "Washington Waters – Ours to Protect."
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)


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* The Department of Ecology and other state resource agencies frequently use a system of "Watershed Resource Inventory Areas" or "WRIAs" to refer to the state's major watershed basins.


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Last updated April 2014