Agricultural Water Management Workshops

  • Written by Valley View Staff
For Western Washington farmers, the never-ending challenge of water: having too much when you don’t want it and/or not having enough when you need it are top of the list issues. From flooding to questionable water rights, anyone trying to make a living from the land can face these water-centric challenges and more. As with so many things, the less you know, the more it will cost you later.
To help address these challenges, WSU King County Extension, Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, King Conservation District, and King County are sponsoring three workshops on Agricultural Water Management (AWM) this spring. Location for all is the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation, WA.
AWM l – When You Don’t Have Enough! Monday, March 19,  6:30-9:30 p.m.
Water rights are top concerns for farmers. Do you have them? Can you get them? How do you find out? John Rose from WA Dept of Ecology will answer these questions and more. In addition, other topics include irrigation strategies to use what you have efficiently, measuring soil moisture, flow meter installation and usage along with a discussion on installing screens to reduce the impact of irrigation on fish. Other speakers include Troy Peters, an irrigation specialist for WSU, along with representatives from Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, Seametrics, and WDFW.
AWM ll – When You Have Too Much! Monday, April 16,  6:30-9:30 p.m.
Increased flooding, climate change, development, even increasing beaver populations all have a direct impact on farmers ability to farm in King County. Learn what you can do to manage excess water on your farm. Topics covered include drainage strategies, tiling, beaver controls, obtaining hydraulic permits, and a discussion of King County’s Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP). Speakers include representatives from Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, NRCS, King County, and WDFW.
AWM lll – Developing a Farm Flood Plan Monday, May 21,  6:30-9:30 p.m.
If  you  farm  in  the  lowlands of Western Washington, sooner or later flooding will impact your farm and family. For many this is a semi-regular event that can take a toll emotionally and financially. Developing a farm flood plan can help your farm prepare for the worst by taking a smart approach to planning and infrastructure. Speakers from King County Flood Control, King Conservation District, and the insurance industry will discuss the components of an effective flood plan, infrastructure improvements, farm pads, and the regulations influencing floodplain management. In addition, the nonprofit Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance will provide a demo of their Floodzilla 2.0 flood monitoring project.
All workshops are free, we ask that you pre-register (for one or all) to ensure we have enough resources available for all attendees. Register   online   at For more information, contact Kate Ryan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (425) 357-6024.

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