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In the short period of time that Woodinville has been a city, numerous environmental programs and baseline assessments of critical areas have been developed, implemented and administered by the various departments.  These programs and studies help define, protect and restore critical areas for fish and wildlife and have been established under the guidance of the City's Comprehensive Plan. 

The City’s environmental protection regulations stem from the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). These were enacted to protect critical areas such as wetlands, streams, water quality, steep slopes, habitat and fish and wildlife.

Several baseline studies have been conducted on the City's most environmentally sensitive areas, including Little Bear Creek and Woodin Creek.  Additionally, the City has, and may in the future, conduct comprehensive environmental analysis of certain areas within the city such as the Sustainable Development Study.

When the City commissions an environmental study that affects policy, a public process is involved.  This process provides for public comment on the study or proposed regulations.  Public comment opportunities are made available at various advisory board and City Council meetings.  To stay informed and involved, visit the News page.

Environmental Programs

  • Volunteer Habitat Restoration: Samammish ReLeaf, Earth Day, Salmon Watchers, Eagle Scout Projects and Samammish River Stewards
  • Educational Programs: Grade School Salmon Kit and Fish Release Kit, Storm Drain Stenciling, Clean Car Wash Kits, Heritage Tree Program, Urban Forestry Program
  • Monitoring Programs: Sammamish ReLeaf Site Monitoring, Plant Salvaging
  • Events: Recycling Collection, Tree Chipping
  • King County Salmon Watcher Program

Salmon SEEson

Salmon Education Kits

Salmon Education Kit was developed for educators as part of continued efforts to protect and restore wild salmon runs in our streams and rivers. The goal of this program is to encourage a better understanding of salmon biology and habitat needs, and the relationships between water quality, watershed health, and salmon survival. See Salmon Kit Request Form for complete details.

What is a watershed? Why is watershed health important? This booklet introduces important concepts:

  • We all live in a watershed.
  • Our actions affect our watershed.
  • Our health is linked to the health of our watersheds.
  • Our watersheds need our help to keep them healthy, or make them healthy again.

"Healthy Watersheds, Healthy People" at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0801018.pdf .

Here is a link to the print version: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0801018_PRINT.pdf

Puget Sound Protection

The Puget Sound Starts Here campaign focuses on getting people to act in ways that will help
restore and protect Puget Sound. The actions presented in the campaign address water
pollution, and encompass yard care, car care, pet care and home care. Recomended Actions:

  • In the Yard: Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly, or use compost instead.
  • With the Car: Take the car to a commercial car wash, and have oil leaks fixed.
  • Around Pets: Use a bag to pick up pet poop and place it in the trash (not in the yard
    waste bin).
  • Home and More: From cleaning products to septic maintenance, be aware of home care
    practices.

See Puget Sound link for more details: http://www.pugetsoundstartshere.org

Environmental Documents and Studies

Page last modified: June 12, 2013

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