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Latest Update (December 30, 2011)
The Pilchuck River assessment is complete and staff are beginning to contact riverside landowners in priority areas to explore partnership opportunities for projects. The County is hoping to pursue projects that reduce flooding and erosion and simultaneously improve fish habitat.
A Summary of Findings was sent to all riverside landowners within the assessment area. This newsletter provides details on the results of the assessment and how you can help.
The Pilchuck River is home to close to 1,000 riverside residents, several species of salmon, and countless other birds and animals. Ensuring a healthy, safe, and clean river for all can be a challenging task. Pilchuck riverside landowners have suffered damage from flooding and loss of property due to erosion in the past years, and salmon numbers have declined dramatically from historical levels. Three species of local salmon – Chinook, steelhead, and bull trout – are now listed as “threatened” on the Endangered Species List.
Snohomish County Surface Water Management has been studying these changing conditions in the Pilchuck River in order to better advise residents how to minimize flooding and erosion, while maintaining a healthy river for fish and wildlife.
The goals of the river assessment are: