Bothell stream surveys

City of Bothell would like to share information about the Surface Water Management Areas (SWMAs), including what their characteristics are and how they delineate and prioritize each area. Bothell has 11 SWMAs, and are asking for public involvement in planning and prioritizing activities for each area, beginning with Lower North Creek.

Click the links for information to learn more about the Lower North Creek SWMA. You can find the activities the city is considering under the “Possible Efforts and Activities” tab here. Then submit your comments by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2020, either online or in writing to: City of Bothell Public Works, Attn: Christi Cox, 18415 101st Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011.

Comments on the survey should support: 
   –Salmon, salmon, and more salmon!  North Creek reach between 240th and 228th S.E. has the best  riparian/spawning  habitat of all creeks in Bothell/ Snohomish County.  Salmon need cool water. Protection of the high ground water table which provides cool water to Cole/ Woods Creek requires  pervious surfaces and low density zoning ( currently in place in Bothell’s  North Creek Habitat Protection  Area] In your survey comments, please        include all three creeks! 
   – Wetlands, wetlands, and more wetlands.  View the  Snohomish County ( pdf maps) City of Bothell [ Surface Water Management Area includes both] aerial map, and delineation.  This Lower North Creek Surface Water Management Area in King County includes all 53 acres U. of Washington wetlands, and additional King County wetlands.  Plus, over 27  wetlands in Bothell/ unincorporated Snohomish County. These wetlands include mature forested wetlands with high value habitat suited for wildlife, good riparian conditions, and a mature western red cedar forest with trees in excess of 21 inches diameter (dbh). Changes in our climate will “dry up” wetlands. Continued and better protection of wetlands is needed. 
     -Stream, streams, and more streams. Cole Creek(Woods Creek)  Palm Creek, and North Creek, a state shoreline under the Shoreline Management Act), need increased/ wider  riparian buffers to cool the waters ( due to climate change).  North Creek’s  critical reach between 240th and 228th S.E. should be permanently protected  with public funds/  grants  such as Conservation Futures Tax Funds, Salmon Recovery Funds (fused to purchase Wayne Golf Course).