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King County Basin Stewards
Water and Land Resources Division

Who are the Basin Stewards?

Snoqualmie River in unincorporated areas
Mary Maier, 206-477-4762

Cedar River, Bear Creek, and Issaquah Creek in unincorporated areas
Tom Beavers, 206-477-4743

Green River, White River in unincorporated areas
Josh Kahan, 206-477-4721

Miller/Walker Creeks
Stewardship jointly funded by King County and Burien, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Port of Seattle.
Elissa Ostergaard, 206-477-4792

Vashon Island & Maury Island
Greg Rabourn, 206-477-4805

For stewardship information regarding other parts of King County or to learn more about the overall basin stewardship program, contact Jean White, Watershed Stewardship Program Manager at 206-477-4846.

What is the Basin Steward Program?

Basin Stewards are a team of Water and Land Resources (WLR) Division professionals knowledgeable about community and natural resources in specific King County watersheds. They use a number of approaches to work with landowners and other public agency officials to protect local habitats:

  • Working closely with community members and staff from other public agencies to implement WRIA and other conservation plans by coordinating and obtaining grant funding for important habitat protection and restoration projects.
  • Providing direct "on-the-ground" technical service to rural landowners to improve and protect watersheds, streams, and rivers.
  • Building relationships with landowners that make construction of restoration and other capital projects possible.
  • Responding to citizen requests for information regarding stream basin health and conditions.

How the Stewards can help you:

Habitat protection and restoration

The Basin Stewards work with citizens and technical staff to develop and implement priority habitat protection and restoration projects in critical habitat areas along our rivers and streams. They can help streamside landowners identify resources including funding for habitat protection.

Stewardship

The Basin Stewards work with citizens to answer questions about best management practices, regulations, wildlife concerns, land conservation, habitat restoration, and water quality concerns.

Volunteer opportunities

The Basin Stewards work with other County staff to coordinate volunteer efforts to restore streamside habitat areas.

  • Sign-up for volunteer announcements

     

Get in touch with your WLR Basin Steward. They are there for you!

  • Let the WLR Division know if you have an idea that might improve or protect surface water resources near your home
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities in your watershed
  • Learn about ways to protect habitat