Flooded fields and overflowing roadside ditches aren’t just a sign of wet weather, they’re also a potential sign of poor water quality and bacterial pollution. It’s a complex problem, but one that Snohomish County Surface Water Management wants to solve – with help from local residents.
Landowners within the Douglas Creek drainage area are invited to an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood. Douglas Creek sits just north of Stanwood and crosses Pioneer Highway near the Pioneer Hills subdivision as it runs west toward Skagit Bay.
Following a short presentation at 6 p.m., representatives from Snohomish County, the city of Stanwood and other community partners will be on hand to answer questions and hear from landowners about drainage problems and potential sources of water pollution.
“We want input from local residents,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “They know where stormwater flooding is a recurring problem, and that information can help us understand where we should focus our efforts.”
Local residents can also learn about resources available to help solve drainage or water-quality problems. County residents can get technical assistance and grant funds to help replace failing septic systems, install fencing to keep livestock away from streams or solve chronic drainage issues. City residents may be eligible for similar assistance from the city or the Snohomish Conservation District.
“I’ve lived near Douglas Creek most of my life, and I know firsthand how important this waterway is,” said Stanwood Mayor Dianne White. “We all need to work together to keep our water clean so that our grandchildren can enjoy the same quality of life we had growing up in Stanwood. Sharing our stories and concerns with Snohomish County and its partner agencies is a great first step.”
More information on the Douglas Creek community meeting can be found in the green information sidebar of the county’s Clean Water District website at www.cwd.surfacewater.info. Residents unable to attend the open house can view the online brochure, and can print and mail a survey about flooding or other issues in their area.