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Posted on: December 5, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Snohomish County Public Works Utilizes Grant Funding to Supplement 17 Surface Water Mngmnt Project

Julie Kuntz                                        Fay Lim
Communications Specialist II       Communications Supervisor        
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 Snohomish County Public Works Utilizes Grant
Funding to Supplement 
17 Surface WaterManagement Projects


Surface Water Management Division garners more than $8.5 million in grant dollars in 2019 


Everett, Wash., December 5, 2019 – Every year Snohomish County Public Works’ Surface Water Management Division submits applications to federal and state agencies for grants in order to leverage local utility charges, paid by property owners. The division closes out 2019 with more than $8.5 million of new grant awards to support 17 new and existing projects that span over the next several years.

“When we receive grant funding it allows us to complete more projects, stretching those local dollars to get the most bang for our buck,” said Steve Thomsen, Snohomish County Public Works Director. “Keeping pace with the county’s significant population growth while deepening our commitment to fish and habitat restoration is possible thanks to the generosity of our funding partners.”  

“Utility charges paid by our customers leverage millions in grant dollars,” added Gregg Farris, Surface Water Management Director. “Once again, our teams have worked collaboratively to make tax payer dollars go even further, benefitting county residents and Puget Sound natural resources alike.”  

Among the grants received this year, more than $7.8 million are aimed at reducing road flooding, improving water quality and providing better fish passage, while nearly $780,000 address habitat restoration for endangered salmon. A total of 17 grants were received by the Surface Water Management Division in 2019 which totaled $8,579,949.




  2019 Grant Awards




Snohomish County Acquisition Projects (2)


Military Department – FEMA  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 

Geomorphic Flood Hazard Risk on the Lower Skykomish River


Department of Fish and Wildlife  – National Estuary Program Near Term Action 

North Fork Stillaguamish Integrated Floodplain Management


Department of Fish and Wildlife  – National Estuary Program Near Term Action 

Jim Creek Large Woody Debris Restoration and Design


Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration

Stillaguamish Basin Lead Entity Projects (2)


Salmon State Projects

Snohomish Basin Lead Entity Projects (2)


Salmon State Projects

Snohomish/Stillaguamish Local Integrating Organization


Puget Sound Partnership

Marine Resources Committee 


Ecology –  Northwest Straits Foundation

Stormwater Capacity 2019-2021


Ecology – Biennial Stormwater Capacity Grants  

Community Floodplain Solutions – Sky Valley


Ecology – Floodplains by Design Program

Sexton Creek Fish Passage Design


Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board

Thomas’ Eddy Hydraulic Reconnection Prelim-Design


Salmon State Projects

Mid-Spencer Estuary Restoration


Salmon State Projects        

Sweeping-up Snohomish County


Ecology – Water Quality Combined Financial Assistance






About Surface Water Management
Surface Water Management (SWM), a division within Snohomish County Public Works Department, is a utility that is funded by and provides services to property owners in unincorporated Snohomish County. Working as partners with the community, SWM provides customers with services in four core areas: drainage and road flooding, water quality, salmon and marine habitat, and river flooding. For more information, visit

About Snohomish CountyPublic Works

The Snohomish County Public Works Department constructs and maintains county roads; controls and manages surface water quantity, quality, and fish habitats; and oversees the recycling and disposal of solid waste. The department’s main office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201. For more information about Snohomish County Public Works, visit

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