Last night, the Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District (WID) gathered for their first 2018 meeting as our very own elected Andrew Stout was sworn in as Commissioner #3.
As Mark Twain famously stated “Whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting.” This holds value in our watershed district as we are always trying to understand how to most sustainably use and save the water we receive and engineer drainage that can help eliminate build-up of floodwaters.
As all of us are aware, this is the fourth wettest year in a row on record. Even though we have had extreme droughts to counter, we are still dominated by water. The organization is one of the longest standing conservation groups dating all the way back to the state’s founding fathers. It was recognized a vital resource then, and now it continues to be very complicated subject that touches so many aspects of life from habitat, salmon, Native American tribal lands and farming. It can be an incredible gift; worth the battle of protecting.
In his role as Commissioner, Andrew along with other committee members, will focus on the clear, clean drainage of mounting floodwaters every winter. Two solutions have been prompted, installing drain tiles into the fields of farms to allow for more efficient water absorption into the ground and flow-through into the local streams and rivers. The second solution will involve trying to recognize wildlife that contributes to the flooding; predominantly beavers’ habitats and how we can best serve our farming needs in the face of their busy damming practices. We will keep you updated on their work and progress.
The daily grind at the farm has been very wet this last week as we happily harvest watermelon radishes and wash beets. The warmer temperatures and moisture have made the overwintering kale much happier than the cold dry days of December. We are always amazed at how intensely green they are after a simple drink of water.
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