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What's new in Surface Water?

Winter 2019
City of Bothell’s Surface Water Division works to protect our local streams through storm system inspection, maintenance, construction oversight, stream monitoring, and education and outreach opportunities to foster healthy watershed stewardship. 



Winter is here, and we’re working hard to protect our streams and storm drains during the rainy season. Check out what’s going on with Surface Water this winter.

Volunteer at North Creek Forest

Volunteer event

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

City of Bothell is joining Friends of North Creek Forest for an MLK Day of Service volunteer event! Join us for a work party on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to remove invasive species, add mulch, or plant native species. We’ll provide gloves, shovels, gear, and refreshments.  Learn more and sign up at www.bothellwa.gov/swmevents.  

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Rain barrels for sale

In celebration of Crystal Spring Elementary’s new cisterns and a native habitat garden, Snohomish Conservation District is bringing rain barrels to sell at a discounted rate to Bothell community members. Pre-order your $35 rain barrel online and pick it up in person at the school parking lot on January 11, from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. While there, enjoy refreshments and take a few minutes to check out these exciting new schoolyard sustainability projects! Order online at www.snocd.org/crystal-springs

Red Osier Dogwood flower cluster
Red osier dogwood

Conservation district plant sales

The holidays are over, but the native plant sales are still in full swing! King Conservation District and Snohomish Conservation District are both taking orders for plants. Looking for a hard-to-find native species your local nursery doesn’t carry? Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for a new tree? Here’s the answer! Learn more and order online at bit.ly/2SSJcuQ for King Conservation District and bit.ly/2rIJBEm for Snohomish Conservation District. 

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Natural Yard Care workshops

What do you want to learn about?

The Natural Yard Care workshops we offered last October were a hit! We’re planning to offer more workshops this fall, but we need your help deciding which topics to cover this time. Whether you’re a new homeowner starting from scratch or a seasoned gardener planning a complete yard overhaul, Natural Yard Care offers something for everyone. Let us know what you'd like to learn at bit.ly/2VrsCnL.  

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Winter garden care 

Your garden may look a little bare this time of year, but there’s still a world of activity happening in your soil! Here are a few things you can do now to help make sure your plants, trees, and shrubs are ready for spring:

  • Rake winter leaf mulch back onto beds if the wind blows it off

  • Weed beds once during winter to prevent weeds going to seed

  • Prune fruit trees and other woody trees and shrubs while they’re dormant

Questions? Call the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or visit gardenhotline.org to ask questions about seasonal lawn and garden care.

Spawning salmon
Spawning sockeye salmon

Salmon SEEson recap

Salmon SEEson wrapped up in November, and folks who were in the right place at the right time got to see a few spawning salmon. Many thanks to Orlay Johnson, Jim Myers, and Elizabeth Mooney for offering their time and salmon expertise to lead a tour along North Creek in hopes of spotting a fish or two. Nearly 100 enthusiastic learners showed up for the tour! 

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What we're reading

Suquamish resident John. F. Williams, who has been creating dramatic underwater videos for years, recently launched a new online publication called Salish Magazine. Its goal is to help people better understand the ecosystem in the Puget Sound region, and it has some really beautiful photos! In its current edition, you will “learn about some of the fascinating things you can see in our regional forests, from very visible things like owls and stumps, to more abstract things like evidence of forest ecosystem processes.” Check out Salish Magazine online at salishmagazine.weebly.com

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Save the date for Sustainamania

Summer seems far away, but we’re already planning for this year’s Sustainamania, Bothell’s yearly sustainability festival! Mark your calendars for Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested in hosting a booth, sponsoring, or volunteering? Visit www.bothellwa.gov/sustainamania for details.

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Job opportunity

Love working with volunteers?

City of Bothell is looking for a citywide Volunteer and Special Event Coordinator! This is a new position and we are excited to find the right person to fill it. See the job description and apply by Jan. 18 at www.bothellwa.gov/jobs

Learn more about City of Bothell's Surface Water Division.


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