Shellfish Protection District Name
Stillaguamish River Clean Water District
Websites and Links
- Stillaguamish River Clean Water District
- Snohomish County Code Chapter 2.03: Boards and Commissions
- Snohomish County Code Chapter 7.53: Water Pollution Control
- Snohomish County Code Title 25A: Water Quality Restoration and Water Quantity Management
- Clean Water District Interactive Map
Stillaguamish watershed in Snohomish except cities of Arlington, Granite Falls, and Stanwood, and Flood Control District at mouth of river. Farmers didn't want overlapping district so no revenues were spent from the Shellfish Protection District (SPD) in the Flood Control District.
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Sean Edwards
Agency: Snohomish County
Year and Reason Created
1993 - The SPD was created voluntarily to address watershed management areas in unincorporated areas and surface water quality issues.
Members and Stakeholders
Board members are appointed by County Council, though it is sometimes hard to fill citizen positions. Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife representatives are required to attend. Tulalip tribes are represented on the board, but often are not able to attend meetings which can make it hard to fill the quorum. The Board meets monthly and recommends to Snohomish County how to spend their budget.
In the Stillaguamish CWD, a fraction of the revenue collected goes to a grant program for water quality projects on private land. Recently, septic repairs have become eligible for this funding as well. This funding is generous (currently at $10,000), but the County has seen a significant impact from the repairs. The county is now looking into smaller rebate programs, and trying to evaluate the work that's been funded to date.
Ecology offered a grant to investigate a number of pet businesses for pet waste education and outreach.
Eighteen septic repairs have been completed through discretionary funding since 2010. $250,000 of SPD funds go to the Conservation District.
Taxes and Fees
The SPD uses Snohomish County Chapter 25A rate structure for CWDs: approximately $90 per year for single family, other farm, retail, industrial and other. The SPD is currently evaluating this rate structure. The funding source has been reauthorized numerous times. The NPDES permit in 1995 may generate revenue for the SPD as well.
Loans (including Craft3)
More About Stillaguamish Clean Water District
- Pollution Control Strategy
- Tools for Identifying, Validating, and Correcting Pollution Sources
- Enforcement / Education and Outreach
- Anecdotes / Document Links