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.
If you are looking for guidance on how to best manage the water resources & drainage considerations on your property effectively, check out our "top publications" below and "Request Assistance" using the button below.
Note that our planners are able to supply you with high level resources and guidance, but if your request involves sheer or steep bluffs that require the expertise of an engineer, we encourage you first to consult a geotechnical engineer. Consider the following links for sourcing a private geotechnical engineer : Skagit Island Buildings Association Professionals Directory, Puget Sound Engineering Council, American Society of Civil Engineers Seattle Section Geotechnical Group, and Structural Engineers Association of Washington.
Top Resources for Common Questions
Stormwater & Drainage
Shoreline & Nearshore
Water Resources Publications
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
Learn About Soil & Water Connections
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.
Learn about the connections between water and soil from former Natural Resource Planner Gwendolyn Hannam.