Water Resource Management
Water resource management is of paramount importance to agriculture and urban communities here on Whidbey Island; we all use water and we all live downstream. The availability of safe drinking water, groundwater & aquifer recharge, and safely discharged stormwater are critically important to the residents of Whidbey Island. Perhaps water resource management for you involves drainage challenges, erosion, an excess of water, steep slope stabilization, or alternative stormwater management techniques.
Alternative stormwater management techniques, also known as Low Impact Development (LID), reduce pollutants carried through stormwater runoff into nearby bodies of water, providing filtration of the water and recharge of ground water supplies. Alternative stormwater management practices applicable to Island County include retaining native vegetation, bluff stabilization, minimizing land clearing and grading, reducing impervious surfaces, retention ponds, bioinfiltration of storm water using rain gardens and bioswales, and the use of native plants for residential and large-scale landscaping projects.
Whatever your water resource question may be, if you are looking for guidance on how to best manage the water resources & drainage considerations on your property effectively, please reach out to us and we'd be happy to help you.
Request assistance in the form below - and note that since we are a free and voluntary agency, many utilize our services and we often have a waitlist for these services.
Learn how you can take action to improve the stormwater run-off on your property and help protect Puget Sound's water resources. Small actions of each property can protect Puget Sound water quality for generations to come! Click here!
Learn About Soil & Water Connections
Learn about the connections between water and soil from Natural Resource Planner Gwendolyn Hannam.
Our water resources are a shared, community resource. For that reason, it can be effective to pool resources together and focus larger projects on different watersheds around the island. Check out some of the projects we've done to improve water quality in multiple waterways on our Projects page.
Click a Tab Below for More Resources:
WATER UTILITIES & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Water & Septic:
Local Groundwater Tools & Island County Hydrogeology
Drinking Water Resources
Onsite Sewage (Septic) System Resources
STORMWATER & DRAINAGE RESOURCES
Getting Started with Stormwater Management
WETLANDS, LAKES & STREAMS RESOURCES
So You Have a
Getting Started with Wetlands on Your Property
Resources on Native Wetland Plants
Resources on Streams
Resources on Critical Areas & Agriculture
Resources on Beaver Management
BLUFF & SHORELINE RESOURCES
Resources for High Bank & Bluff Properties
Resources for Lowbank & Shoreline Properties
LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
An Introduction to Low Impact Development
Rain Garden Basics
Rain Water Collection
Other "LID" Techniques & Practices
Water Rights & Hydrogeology of Island County
OUR NEW NEARSHORE LIVING MANUAL
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What to Expect When Requesting Assistance from the Whidbey Island Conservation District
- Our services are free and voluntary, so lots of folks love to work with us, and we look forward to working with you!
- We have 2 staff who assist with satisfying client requests
- We assist requests in the order that they are received
- Please allow for 2 weeks for an initial reply
- General info requests take approximately 1 month to respond to
- New site visit requests to properties are on a 6-month waitlist currently
- Farm, animal, and waste management plans are on a 1-year waitlist currently
- Here is a list of directories and/or organizations which may be able to respond to your request sooner. We can not recommend private sector professionals as a government entity, so have included directories housed by other entities that are populated by the professionals themselves:
- Agriculture & Forestry Professionals Directory via USDA - https://nrcs-sites.secure.force.com/FindaTSP
- Forester & Silvicultural Contractors Directory via WSU Extension - https://bit.ly/3xT2eVJ
- Arborists Directory Pacific NW International Society of Arboriculture - https://bit.ly/37S8YJ6
- Online Learning Module for Understanding Wildfire Threat to Homes - https://bit.ly/3AOeCID
- Environmental Consultants Directory for Wetlands & Wildlife - https://bit.ly/2VZHY7J
- Landscaping / Gardening Consultation with WSU Master Gardener Hotline - https://bit.ly/3CUTodZ
- Island County Noxious Weed Program Coordinator Consultation - https://bit.ly/2VXnHQe
- Construction / Land Development Contractors Directory via SICBA - https://www.sicba.org/list/