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Snoqualmie - Skykomish River Watershed, King County, Washington

Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed

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The Snoqualmie - Skykomish Watershed is comprised of two separate watersheds that drain the rural northeast 2/5 of King County.  The Snoqualmie and Skykomish Rivers flow into the Snohomish River and out into Puget Sound. The watershed includes the Tolt River, Raging River, Miller River, Tokul Creek, Griffin Creek, Harris Creek, Patterson Creek, and other tributaries. View photos of the river and its tributaries using the Snoqualmie riparian photo viewer.

Introduction to watersheds

Snoqualmie - Skykomish Watershed overview

Snoqualmie - Skykomish Watershed facts

Community service centers 
Information about nearby King County satellite offices including the one in Issaquah, 5415 220th Ave S.E. Phone number, 206-477-2169.

Basin steward program
A summary of the Water and Land Resources Basin Steward Program. For more information about the Snoqualmie River Watershed or to find out how you can get involved, call or email Mary Maier, Basin Steward, at 206-477-4762.

Community Service Areas
Unincorporated areas where King County serves as the local government; the Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Community Service Area (CSA) is the largest CSA in the County.

Projects in the Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed

Water and land improvement projects, Snoqualmie Watershed
Look up flooding, wastewater treatment and stormwater projects in King County, Washington.

  • Lower Tolt River floodplain restoration project
    Overview of a habitat restoration project designed to return the lower Tolt River to its historic meandering state and rich habitat diversity while continuing to provide flood protection and park uses.

Flooding and hydrology

Flooded road and car, January 2009 flooding of the Tolt River, WAKing County Flood Warning System

Real-time gage readings, flood phase/river crest descriptions, maps and reports for the Snoqualmie River, Skykomish River, Tolt River, and Raging River in the Snoqualmie River Watershed.

Flood photo viewer
Use a map to to look up photographs of past floods on the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries and other rivers in King County.

Hydrologic gage data map
Look up detailed gaging station data for creeks and rivers in the region.

Farm Pad Program
Find help with building a farm pad to protect livestock in King County floodplains.

Tolt River Corridor Action Plan
Actions to reduce flood risks and improve habitat along the Tolt River corridor.

Snoqualmie flood-farm task force report
Provides finding and recommended mechanisms to help Snoqualmie Valley farms that get periodically flooded, in ways that maintain good floodplain management and continue salmon recovery in the lower Snoqualmie River.

South Fork Snoqualmie River Gravel Removal Study
Evaluates the effectiveness of gravel removal for reducing floods on the South Fork Snoqualmie River upstream of the North Bend Boulevard (Bendigo) Bridge.

Flood related video interview by Kim Hill with Larry Phillips, Kathy Lambert, Mark Isaacson
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Preventing flood disasters
King County is at work this summer repairing levees
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Video length 22 minutes, 22 seconds.

Salmon recovery

Go to Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 7 - Snoqualmie-Skykomish WatershedSalmon conservation and recovery in the Snoqualmie/ Skykomish watershed
A "one-stop" reference for local residents, elected officials, and city and agency staff members who are interested in salmon conservation in the Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed.

WRIA 7 plans, studies and maps

Snohomish Watershed Salmon Recovery Planning (external link)
Site provides comprehensive salmon conservation info and plans for the Snohomish Watershed (WRIA) from Snohomish County Surface Water Management.

Snoqualmie Watershed aquatic habitat conditions report, 1999-2001
This report summarizes and interprets data collected in the field from 1999-2001 about habitat conditions for multiple species of salmonids and other aquatic biota in aquatic ecosystems of the Snoqualmie Watershed, including the mainstem Snoqualmie River and several of its tributaries.

Snoqualmie Watershed geology report
An overview of the geology and geomorphology of the Snoqualmie River Watershed.

Snoqualmie Watershed stream habitat reconnaissance report
Assessment of habitat conditions, presence and relative distribution of salmonid species and other aquatic biota in 14 rivers and streams in the lower Snoqualmie Watershed.

Surface water management and groundwater

Report problems: drainage and water quality

Stormwater runoff pollution and how to reduce it.
Tips on how to reduce water pollution from home, yard, car, pets and so forth.

Agricultural waterway classification maps
Agricultural waterways are classified for their salmonid use to simplify maintenance permits for agricultural drainage ditches. 

Agricultural drainage monitoring reports

Snohomish River watershed map
Drainage map displaying streams, lakes, drainage divides, cities, and major roads in the area draining to the Snohomish River, including Snoqualmie-Skykomish River in King County. The map is in Acrobat format. File size is 2.48 Mb.

East King County Groundwater Management Area
Learn about plans to protect the aquifer in the east King County area including the Snoqualmie-Skykomish watershed localities of Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, Snoqualmie, North Bend, and areas in between.

Urbanization of Aquatic Systems: Degradation Thresholds, Stormwater Detection and the Limits of Mitigation (Acrobat pdf, external)
King County study concluding that "approximately 10 percent effective impervious area in a watershed typically yields demonstrable, and probably irreversible, loss of aquatic-system function."

Patterson Creek rapid rural reconnaissance report
This document will help guide the surface water-related work King County performs in Patterson Creek basin. Look up priority drainage, habitat, and water quality projects, acquisitions, studies, and programs to be funded over time by surface water management fees dedicated to King County's capital budget.

Carnation wastewater treatment plant
Overview of the valley's wastewater treatment plant describes how it highly treats wastewater and reclaims water to discharge through the naturally filtering wetland at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Pollution monitoring
Rivers and streams: ongoing water quality sampling in Lake Washington streams and rivers. Water quality data are available online for:

Lakes: statistics and water quality

Lake Weedwatcher Program
Got a small boat? Interested in saving a lake from the horrors of dense weed infestations?

Recreation and appreciation

Snoqualmie Valley trail
The Snoqualmie Valley trail offers the opportunity to get out and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region. The trail meanders past working farms as well as preserved open space areas, and connects to the cross-state John Wayne pioneer trail in Iron Horse State Park. Points of interest include Tolt-MacDonald park, Meadowbrook farm, Three Forks natural area and the Tokul trestle.

King County natural areas:

Look up individual properties protected in King County's open space system for their ecological and working resource values. The natural lands site provides addresses, pictures, location maps and rules for public use:

Virtual tours of rural cities in King County
Videos showcasing Duvall, Snoqualmie and Fall City in the Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed.

Snoqualmie River safety video
Tips for safety, good stewardship and recreational enjoyment out on the river.

Known hazards on King County rivers
Reports of confirmed logjams and obstructions that pose a hazard to recreational river users, but does not include hazards that are not known.

Fishing regulations and seasons (external link)
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife fishing rules for Washington State including Snoqualmie River and Skykomish River, their tributaries and lakes within the watershed.

Volunteer for upper Snoqualmie trails Weed Watcher Program
Plant enthusiasts and hikers, you can help protect our natural areas.

Land Resources

Quality assurance project plan for regulatory effectiveness monitoring for developing rural areas
Framework to monitor and evaluate land use regulations to help ensure their effectiveness, using indicators for hydrology, water quality, biology, and stream complexity.

Noxious weed infestation map
Interactive map showing location of regulated noxious weed infestations.

Snoqualmie - Skykomish Weed Management Area noxious weed control projects:

Agriculture in King County, Washington
Info about several programs serving growers in King County and resources promoting local agriculture. The Snoqualmie Valley encompasses one of King County's larger agricultural districts.

Puget Sound Fresh
Look up Snoqualmie Valley u-pick farms, community-supported farms, nurseries and produce markets.

Forestry services and information
Info about several King County programs serving foresters and homeowners involved in forestry.

Current use taxation programs
Incentive programs to help encourage private landowners to voluntarily conserve and protect land resources, open space and timber.

Documents

Science documents - Snoqualmie - Skykomish Watershed

For more information about the Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed, please contact Mary Maier, Snoqualmie Watershed Steward, King County Water and Land Resources Division.