mission of the Festival is to help people who live and work in
the Stillaguamish Watershed and surrounding regions understand
how their actions can help make their environment cleaner for
people, fish, and wildlife.
accomplish this mission using a variety of educational displays
from organizations in the Puget Sound, from the Snohomish Conservation
District to the Puget Sound Action Team. As a broader understanding
of watershed dynamics is established, individual behavior will
become more sensitive to water quality issues.
the 1999 Endangered Species listing of the Puget Sound Chinook
salmon, (Oncorhyncus tshawytscha), it becomes more important
than ever that we modify our behaviors to protect the best remaining
habitat, and restore what we can. By combining environmental and
cultural education with a festival atmosphere, we hope to attract
a large cross-section of people from the surrounding areas.
encourage interactive displays of diverse topics to capture the
interest of both youth and adults: wildlife, habitats, energy,
science, and many more.
provides an excellent opportunity to talk with the local community
about impacts and solutions to the following issues:
Salmon population declines, including the 1999 Endangered
Species Act listing of the Puget Sound Chinook salmon and bull-trout,
and coho salmon on the State Species of Concern List.
water quality. The Department of Ecology has reported numerous
water quality problems in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reports
published in 2004 & 2005.
chemicals in the water and sediments in our watersheds and
the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin estuary.
and wildlife habitat decline throughout the Pacific Northwest.
will educate the public on the importance of improving water quality
from head waters to the estuary, and restoring salmon & wildlife
populations in the Stillaguamish watershed (Click on any of the
images below for a larger picture). It will also allow agency
staff to coordinate activities, reducing overlap and potentially
& Outreach Booths
the effectiveness of the Festival will be on the overall improvement
of water quality and the recovery of depressed fish stocks and
improvements in wildlife habitat in the basin. As people begin
to realize how past activities, as well as how their current lifestyles
and work habits affect their watershed, we should begin to see
a positive change in behavior, leading to improved water quality
and increased fish numbers. It will be a dynamic process and hopefully
will find its place in the local education system. Educating children
on the importance of water quality and healthy fish and wildlife
populations is essential to any meaningful attempt to return natural
functions to the Stillaguamish watershed.
Activities for Kids
If you are interested in establishing an education/outreach booth
at this year's festival, please complete and submit a registration
form. There is no fee for outreach booths and some
equipment can be provided.
Watershed Background: The Stillaguamish River Basin is located
in northern Snohomish and southeastern Skagit Counties. The drainage
area of the basin is approximately 684 square miles, and includes
more than 1,000 miles of river and tributaries. The local communities
within the watershed include Arlington, Darrington, Stanwood,
Granite Falls, and Silvana. The Stillaguamish River is impacted
by numerous land use activities throughout its journey to the
Puget Sound. Timber harvest and road-building in the headwaters,
have created 75% of the 1,080 landslides in the basin, forcing
the river to transport tremendous amounts of sediment.
then flows into a lower gradient environment dominated by commercial
and hobby farms and rural residential tracts. These activities
add more sediment, stormwater, and bacterial contaminants. Historical
diking has cut-off much of the side channel habitat needed by
salmon for rearing. Lastly, is the impact of urban sprawl. Increased
stormwater runoff from acres of impervious surface along with
bacterial contamination from failing septic systems and sewage
treatment and surface water runoff outflows also impact the River
prior to its entering Port Susan.