Homeowners: Our partners at the King Conservation District offer Urban Aquatic Area Enhancement Services to help you protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes and ponds.
A band of vegetation, called a buffer, planted adjacent to water with native trees and shrubs can improve water quality, stabilize shorelines, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
Many homeowners do not have the money or expertise to plant buffers on their own, but the King Conservation District is available to make aquatic area enhancement possible by designing and installing buffer projects.
King Conservation District's buffer services include free project design and management, as well as sharing the cost of labor (invasive species removal and planting), and project materials (plants, mulch, plant protectors).
The district will also cover most of the cost on three years of maintenance and monitoring to ensure a high rate of plant survival.
Benefits include cleaner water, improved shoreline stability and habitat, attractive native plants for increased property value, enjoyment of fish and wildlife, and improved land stewardship.
Who's eligible: Homeowners and property managers within Issaquah or the city limits of most jurisdictions in King County, and adjacent to a stream, river, wetland, lake, pond or marine shoreline.
To learn more about the program and other conservation services, contact Adam Jackson via email or at 425-282-1908.