What you can do
You can help prevent human, livestock, and pet waste that contains disease causing organisms, including fecal coliform, from entering our waterways. Here are some things you can do to help keep our waters, and your family, healthy.
Maintain your septic system
Septic system contents can flow into the groundwater and into nearby waterways. Protect your investment by inspecting your septic system (at least every 3 years) and having your system pumped (generally every 3-5 years).
Composting and covering your manure pile are ways to reduce runoff and prevent pollution of nearby waters. Visit the Snohomish Conservation District website or talk with their staff about the best way to manage manure on your property.
Assistance and information about the surface water on your property. Free site visits to your property are available to answer questions regarding issues such as water pollution prevention, invasive weed control, bank erosion, beaver problems, or things you can do to protect and restore your stream, river, or wetland. If you live on a lake, visit LakeWise for more detailed information.
The District helps residents conserve and protect natural resources through education, technical and financial assistance, and incentives to ensure a healthy environment, clean water, and a thriving agricultural industry. Services include engineering and farm planning assistance, stormwater management, forestry planning, and riparian planting.
SHD is an independent special purpose district that is responsible for public health in Snohomish County which includes on-site sewage systems (OSS) and solid waste disposal. SHD investigates OSS complaints, corrects failures, and reviews designs of proposed repairs.
Contact Phone: 425-339-5250
Snohomish County offers multiple programs to assist landowners with costs related to water quality improvement projects within the Clean Water District (CWD).
Clean Water District Discretionary Fund is available to assist private landowners, community groups, and/or local agencies in the CWD in undertaking small scale, on-the-ground projects to improve water quality for shellfish protection on private or public property. These projects may include activities such as OSS repairs, fencing livestock away from surface waters, planting vegetated buffer or filter strips, and implementing manure management plans.
Savvy Septic Program offers funding options for OSS maintenance and repairs. Applications must first be submitted to Savvy Septic before being eligible for a Discretionary Fund grant.
Snohomish Conservation District provides private landowners with funding toward the cost of water quality and salmon habitat improvement projects. Funding may cover all or a portion of costs for projects such as livestock exclusion fencing, gutters and downspouts, compost and waste storage structures, livestock heavy use areas, and native plantings. This funding is awarded through a competitive process.