In 2017, Snohomish County’s Conservation & Natural Resources, Surface Water Management (SWM) Division completed a Little Bear Creek Basin Plan (Water Quality Study) as part of the county’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit requirement.
As a next step, the NPDES permit requires SWM to identify stormwater management actions (programs and projects) and identify land management/development strategies, known as the Little Bear Creek Stormwater Management Action Plan (SMAP). In anticipation of this requirement, SWM began drainage and in-stream improvement studies to identify potential future project opportunities.
The Little Bear Creek Stormwater Management Action Plan (SMAP) will be provided here for input, feedback, and comments (anticipated in summer 2022).
Several Snohomish County projects that may benefit the Little Bear Creek water quality include:
The Little Bear Creek Basin is approximately 8,550 acres or 13.4 square miles and located east of the cities of Bothell and Mill Creek and north of the City of Woodinville. The basin area has more than 5,000 households and is an important resource for fish, recreation, and open space.
The Little Bear Creek SMAP team plans to collaborate and perform public outreach to inform and receive input, ideas and feedback from residents, businesses, and partners during this phase of the stormwater management action plan.
Snohomish County offers several opportunities for residents to learn and apply at home: