Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Come See High School Students Report on the Health of Our Watershed

Sorry for the late notice, but please consider attending tomorrow night's meeting of the Sno-King Watershed Council.  The evening will include a very impressive presentation by area high school students called "The Watershed Report".  Read on for more information --

Join us at the next meeting of the Sno-King Watershed Council -

Wednesday, November 16, 7 pm
Northwest Stream Center
700 – 128 St SE, Everett 98208

  •  The Watershed Report – Students will present a report on watershed health, produced by high school students and the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.  Through the Watershed Report, students become local experts on watershed issues and promote sustainability in local cities, schools and organizations. www.cedarriver.org/programs/watershed-report
  • Clean Water and Green Infrastructure – Kerri Cechovic of the Washington Environmental Council will tell you about current opportunities for you to protect your local watershed.  http://wecprotects.org/issues-campaigns/clean-water-green-infrastructure
  • Preventing lead pollution in lakes and rivers – An estimated 80,000 pounds of lead is lost annually in streams, rivers and lakes.  Bill Lider of the Sierra Club will describe proposed legislation to ban the sale of small lead sinkers.
  • Current initiatives by SKWC – Eric Adman of the Sno-King Watershed Council will describe an upcoming advocacy project, incorporation, and actions to strengthen our advocacy network
Sponsored by:

The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation www.streamkeeper.org
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed http://www.cedarriver.org/
Sno-King Watershed Council http://www.snokingwatershedcouncil.org/

To RSVP or for more information, contact
Eric Adman
Sno-King Watershed Council

Friday, November 11, 2011

Streamside Planting Update

Here is a loooong overdue update of how the planting in the stream buffer behind our fence is doing.  Our friends at Adopt-A-Stream gave us some biodegradable surveying tape to mark the plants so they show up a little better in photos.  I marked everything I could find that is still alive, so here you go ---

Before - 11/2010

11/2011, a year after planting

These next three shots are basically a panorama, starting with looking south across the large area next to the stream and ending up looking west toward the stream, which you can't see, but it is on the other side of the group of trees in the middle of the third shot -

Here is a view of this same area but looking northeast, right after planting last year -

...and here it is now - 

The reed canary grass is obviously still here, and the plan for our neighbor to mow between the beds to keep it down didn't pan out, mostly because it is so sloppy wet in this area.  Eric went back there with a string trimmer periodically, and I pulled grass runners out of the beds this fall.

Here are shots of various planting beds.  Unfortunately the live stakes are loosing their leaves due to fall and a bunch of the willow leaves have been nibbled by deer, so it will be hard for you to tell how well they are doing.  Keep in mind that everything marked with orange tape is living - 

Here's an example of what these beds started out looking like a year ago -

Here are some of the live stakes that were poked in along the stream bank.  And a peak-a-boo shot of the stream -

This is looking toward the southern boundary of the planted area.  There are a lot of surviving live stakes here -

 Here is the view standing uphill and looking west.  I'm concerned about the blackberry vines from the neighboring property overwhelming this area -

Same area right after planting

Poor little Douglas Fir being surrounded by blackberries

These next three shots are of the part of the project that is the furthest away from the stream - 

Right after planting

The blackberries are definitely returning to this area, too, which is the only bummer I see back there behind the fence.  I know from the way the new plants have grown along the stream in our yard that this project is going to look incredible in another year or two.

And speaking of which, I have a bunch of pictures to share of how amazing the stream-side restoration in our yard looks now.  I will share those in a separate post.  Soon!