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. Contact us directly at (888) 678-4922 and ask for Gwendolyn or fill out the form below.
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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
Resources on Beaver Management
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
Why Is Stormwater Important?
Water doesn't adhere to the property or political boundaries we have overlaid on maps. Small amounts of pollution on every property come together at a drainage point after a rain event, and discharge untreated water straight from Whidbey Island into Puget Sound. And yet, we can come together, too! Small actions of each property can protect Puget Sound water quality for generations to come! To learn more, contact us at (888) 678-4922 and ask for Gwendolyn