Water Resource Management
Whidbey Island Conservation District staff can assist you with questions you have regarding water resource management. Water resource management is a broad idea and includes properties that abut our shorelines & high bank bluffs, as well as those with wetlands, streams, or lakes on them. Perhaps water resource management for you involves drainage challenges, or explores the use of alternative stormwater management techniques like rain gardens, permeable pavers, or rain water catchment systems like rain barrels.
Commonly referred to as "LID" or Low Impact Development, alternative stormwater management techniques address water resource challenges by emphasizing on-site treatment and infiltration of storm water as an alternative to conventional storm water controls. ASM practices encompass a variety of storm water management techniques, including bioswales, rain gardens, green streets, and permeable paving. These practices mimic the hydrology of the original, natural landscape, which allows rainfall to soak into the ground.
These techniques also reduce the runoff of storm water into nearby water bodies, providing filtration of the water and recharge of ground water supplies. Alternative stormwater management practices applicable to Island County include retaining native vegetation, minimizing clearing and grading, reducing impervious surfaces, infiltration 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 these water resources on your property effectively and in alignment with best management practices, please reach out to us and we'd be happy to help you. An important part of Whidbey Island Conservation District's mission is to continue to educate and provide outreach on the subject of Alternative Stormwater Management, with the goal that eventually Whidbey Island builders, planners, permitting agencies, and residents all consider incorporating ASM practices into every project in the early stages of development. To learn more, contact us at (888) 678-4922 and ask for Gwendolyn.
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WATER UTILITIES & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Water & Septic:
Local Groundwater Tools & Island County Hydrogeology
Drinking Water Resources
Onsite Sewage (Septic) System Resources
STORMWATER & DRAINAGE RESOURCES
Managing Stormwater on
Getting Started with Stormwater Management
If you need assistance in managing stormwater on your property, please contact Gwendolyn at (888) 678-4922.
WETLANDS, LAKES & STREAMS RESOURCES
So You Have a Wetland...
Getting Started with Wetlands on Your Property
Resources on Native Wetland Plants
Resources on Streams
If you need assistance in selecting native plant species specific to the wetland on your property, please contact Gwendolyn at (888) 678-4922, or visit the WICD Native Plants page for additional resources.
BLUFF & SHORELINE RESOURCES
Got Waterfront Property?
Resources for High Bank & Bluff Properties
Resources for Lowbank & Shoreline Properties
If you need assistance in selecting native plant species specific to your high bank, bluff, or shoreline property, please contact Gwendolyn at (888) 678-4922, or visit the WICD Native Plants page for additional resources..
LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
An Introduction to Low Impact Development
Rain Garden Basics
Rain Water Collection
Other "LID" Techniques & Practices