Snoqualmie Fish, Farm & Flood
Among the top priorities for King County are protecting and enhancing farmland; restoring threatened salmon and associated habitat; and reducing flood risks to residents and infrastructure. However, balancing all of these critical priorities can be challenging in a shared landscape.
The 2012 King County Comprehensive Plan directed the Department of Natural Resources and Parks to create a collaborative, grass-roots effort to determine how to move forward toward achieving the goals of these sometimes competing priorities. In 2017, The Fish, Farm and Flood (FFF) Advisory Committee transmitted a set of recommended actions to the County Executive and Council and the FFF Implementation Oversight Committee (IOC) was created to ensure balanced implementation of those actions. Although the IOC works collaboratively to advance shared priorities, members representing each sector are led by an IOC co-chair: Cindy Spiry (Fish), Josh Monaghan (Farm), and Angela Donaldson (Flood).
In 2013, King County Executive Dow Constantine assembled representatives from the Snoqualmie Valley to examine the issues that were creating obstacles and conflict, and to advise King County on how to overcome them.
These representatives formed the Fish, Farm, and Flood (FFF) Advisory Committee, which provided a variety of perspectives on agriculture, salmon recovery and flood risk reduction interests, and also included participation by tribal, state and local jurisdictions. In 2017, the FFF Advisory Committee forged the first major agreement in King County to strike a balance between farming interests, salmon recovery, and flood risk reduction. The Advisory Committee unanimously agreed on 34 recommendations that, once implemented, would significantly improve ecological function and habitat quality, while at the same time strengthening the agricultural economy and reducing flood risk.
The Snoqualmie Watershed covers primarily the lower 30 miles of the valley from Snoqualmie Falls north to the Snohomish County line. This area includes the 14,600-acre Snoqualmie Agricultural Production District and some of the most important habitat for Chinook salmon, which was listed as threatened under the endangered species act in 1999.
Implementation of the suite of Fish, Farm, Flood recommended actions is guided by the FFF Implementation Oversight Committee (IOC). The immediate priorities of the IOC include:
- Development and implementation of a plan for comprehensive drainage maintenance.
- Creation of three task forces to carry out detailed work plans over the next three years.
- Regulatory Task Force
- Riparian Buffers Task Force
- Agricultural Land Resource Strategic Plan Task Force
- Increase the pace for salmon recovery efforts in the Snoqualmie Valley by accelerating the rate of completion of large-scale habitat restoration projects
King County is not working alone in its efforts to collectively protect fish, wildlife and farmland; farmers, tribal nations, non-profits, resource advocates, and the County work collaboratively to reach this common goal. The result has been slow but steady movement forward with actions to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Committee. The keys to success are to respect and honor the differences of all participants and recognize that achieving the individual goals of fish, farm and flood interests will create a collective good for the environment, people, and fish.
For additional information regarding upcoming projects, please read our brochure.
Upcoming Implementation Oversight Committee meetings
Date/Time/Location TBD - June 2020
February 26, 2020: Notes / Handouts
Large capital projects
- Salmon and trout topics
- Agriculture in King County
- Flooding services
- WLR Rural and Regional Services
- Map 1 - Floodplain/Floodway/Agricultural Production District Overlap Map
- Map 2 - Fish Distribution
- Map 3 - 10-Year Flood Depth Map
- Map 4 - 2012 Aerial Image
- Map 5 - 2013 Snoqualmie River APD Land Use
- Map 6 - Snoqualmie Agricultural Waterways Classification
- Map 7 - The King County Farm and Food System Map