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Developing a wetlands mitigation plan - blog post image

Developing a wetlands mitigation plan

When developing in a wetlands in WA, you’ll need to get approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Together with the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, they’ve developed rules and regulations meant to preserve wetland functions that are essential to the ecosystem.
11 January
What is a mitigation bank? - blog post image

What is a mitigation bank?

Wetlands mitigation is the process of compensating for the loss of wetlands due to development. The EPA and the Washington State Department of Ecology require that lost “functions” be replaced, since these functions seem to be essential to the ecosystem.
04 January
Wetlands Mitigation: Requirements - blog post image

Wetlands Mitigation: Requirements

Mitigation, per the EPA, “refers to the restoration, creation, or enhancement of wetlands to compensate for permitted wetland losses”. The amount of wetlands on planet Earth has been diminishing, according to researchers. Industrialization is the main cause, as wetlands are displaced for structures, roadways, and parking lots. This is a problem, they say, for local ecosystems and for the planet at large. Wetlands are a natural resistance to air and water pollution, drought, and flooding.
16 December
Ongoing and upcoming road work in Snohomish County, 2020-21 - blog post image

Ongoing and upcoming road work in Snohomish County, 2020-21

The road is closed between the 6th and 7th mile markers, due to flood damage. The repairs are on hold for a pending decision by the Thurston County Superior Court. This decision is allegedly being delayed by COVID-19 restrictions.
16 December
Fall projects to get done before winter gets here - blog post image

Fall projects to get done before winter gets here

Winter in Western Washington brings rain, gray skies, and rough conditions for your lawn and garden. The rain can be a good thing for cool season crops. It can also create soggy yards. But the weather in fall is often ideal for working outside, so here’s a list of fall projects to get done before winter strikes.
23 November
Three popular ornamental grasses that thrive in Western Washington - blog post image

Three popular ornamental grasses that thrive in Western Washington

These ornamental grasses require little maintenance and are easy to plant. They’re about as robust as weeds, but much more attractive and don’t spread like wildfire. They can be propagated by seed, or divided.
23 November