Preston meeting to address agriculture, environment

March 13, 2012

By Staff

King County is offering workshops to address field drainage issues related to fish and wildlife regulations.

Maintaining farm field drainage ditches has become complicated during the past 20 years because many ditches provide habitat for chinook salmon and other species protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

“We want to help landowners maintain properly functioning drainage systems affordably and in a way that considers fish and wildlife issues,” said Mark Isaacson, county Water and Land Resources Division director.

The county is hosting workshops from 7-9 p.m. in late March. The initial meeting is at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E., March 19. The next meeting is at 21 Acres, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville, March 20. The last workshop is at Enumclaw High School, 226 Semanski St. S., March 22.

Staffers from the county agriculture program and the King Conservation District plan to show participants how to get coordinated services to complete maintenance projects in a cost-effective, efficient manner.

The workshop topics include project timelines, best management practices, landowner costs, farm plan requirements and how to obtain the necessary permit from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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