Sno-King Watershed Council receives Grassroots Grant

The Sno-King Watershed Council just received a $10,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to implement a volunteer water monitoring program. The grant will fund equipment purchase, volunteer training, data collection and data sharing. Our intent is to inspire local citizen and student involvement, highlight stormwater and water quality issues affecting our local streams and Puget Sound, and motivate action to improve local water quality.

Support for this project comes from the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.

Report Construction Stormwater Violations

Stormwater Activism 101

How to Report Construction Stormwater Violations

By: William Lider, PE, CESCL

Construction Stormwater Runoff:

Stormwater runoff from developed commercial and residential sites can carry pollutants that are harmful to our streams and the aquatic organisms that rely on clean water. But developments under construction can generate even heavier pollutant loads than would ever occur from the completed project.

Sediment and turbid water runoff from construction sites can destroy fish spawning redds, abrade fish gills, shade out sunlight, and deliver a host of other pollutants such as naturally occurring phosphorus, metals in the soils or petroleum product spilt by leaking or improperly maintained construction equipment, or high pH from concrete cutting and wash water. All of these are harmful to aquatic organisms and prohibited under the federal Clean Water Act, that is enforced by the Department of Ecology in the State of Washington.

Read more including how to report here…

Stormwater Activism 101 How to Report Construction Violations.docx

Protecting Puget Sound with Urban Planning

Rebecca Ponzio, Puget Sound Policy Specialist, Washington Environmental Council

Long-term city planning doesn’t typically make front page news, but it is essential for thoughtful, integrated use of the landscape. The City of Burien is doing just that through a regional stormwater management system for the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), an approximately 100 acre package of land located to the north of the third runway at Sea-Tac International Airport. Burien is on the front lines of integrating improved land uses with low-impact development techniques, a trail network for transportation and recreation, and stormwater facilities along the Miller Creek corridor.

Read more…


Students Saving Salmon restore Shell Creek stream bank

From My Edmonds News (

It was a perfect fall Saturday morning as the Edmonds-Woodway High School Students Saving Salmon club gathered with club advisor Joe Scordino and others to continue their restoration work along the banks of Shell Creek just south of Holy Rosary Church.

“Our past work here has been focused on removing invasive plants like blackberry and bindweed,” Scordino explained (see My Edmonds News coverage of this work here). “Today we’re putting in native plants to help give this section of the stream an ecological boost that will make it more hospitable to spawning salmon.”

Saturday’s plantings included Salal, Snowberry, Western hemlock and Sitka spruce. The plants were provided through funding from the Rose Foundation and their Puget Sound Stewardship program.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel (follow link for more photos on My Edmonds News website)

Stream Bugs Indicate Stream Health

King County recently completed a grant-funded study that used environmental
monitoring data to identify and prioritize stream basins across the
Puget Sound region for restoration and protection. This work represents
an exciting development: Instead of simply describing the conditions in
streams and their contributing basins, the information derived from stream
monitoring data are being used to define strategies to protect and
restore these areas.

Read more….

The Steady Decline of Salmon Runs to Lake Washington

by AARON KUNKLER,  Bothell Reporter Reporter 

Salmon runs used to be a prominent feature of Lake Washington and Puget Sound, but their numbers have dramatically declined following decades of shoreline development, contamination and increasing wetland urbanization, prompting ecology experts to galvanize governments and private landowners to try and carve out a place for salmon in the rapidly developing greater Seattle area.

Read the whole article here…

KCD Program Sponsors Streamside Restoration in King County


 Salmon habitat restoration efforts have thousands of miles to go in King County. Hundreds of those miles are on private property, which is why King Conservation District is launching a new Urban Shorelines program to assist with restoration costs. Read & view more here…


Snohomish County Airport Appeal

The Sno-King Watershed Council (SKWC) has appealed the Snohomish County Airport’s Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) decision to construct a stormwater detention pond in a high value Category II wetland near Paine Field and the headwaters of Swamp Creek.  We are asking the County to withdraw its DNS and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

For more info, follow this link to our page:

Sno-King Water Watchers Program

Sno-King Water Watchers Program

Sno-King Watershed Council recently was awarded two grants to start a community-based water monitoring (CBWM) program in the north King /south Snohomish county area.

Our goal is to foster watershed stewardship through the development of volunteer water monitors. Citizens will monitor physical, chemical and biological indicators of watershed fitness. Monitors can use their data for protection and restoration of watersheds, streams and lakes, advocacy for the improvement of water quality and public health, and to implement environmental education programs.

We recently held three water monitoring workshops on June 17, 18, and 19, 2015.

The workshops included:

June 17 – Introduction to water monitoring & bacteriological monitoring.

June 18 – Water chemistry monitoring.

June 19 – Biological indicators of stream health.

While the workshops are over, we are still recruiting people interested in volunteering for this project. If you are interested, contact Eric Adman at, or call 425-780-9731



Mushrooms Clean Stormwater

Image by Paul Stamets

Ah, the Garden Giant. He’s a jolly fellow who roams around your garden at night tossing mulch as he merrily skips along, helping your veggies grow lush and tall.

Not quite. The Garden Giant is actually a species of mushroom, scientifically known as Stropharia rugosoannulata, that may hold a key to filtering harmful pollutants from stormwater runoff.

By SARAH STRUNIN click here for more info