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KCD Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Improvement Services

Services for Landowners
Beginning in January 2015, KCD launched an expansion of its aquatic area protection and enhancement programs to offer technical assistance and project implementation services to urban landowners with freshwater shoreline and riparian habitat on their property.  This program helps urban homeowners protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, ponds and marine shorelines by planting a band of vegetation, called a buffer, next to a water body. These plantings of native trees and shrubs can improve water quality, stabilize shorelines, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife.

Many homeowners do not have the money or expertise to plant buffers on their own, but KCD is available to make enhancement of these areas possible by designing and installing buffer projects. KCD services include free project design and management, as well as sharing the cost of labor (removing invasive species and planting native species), and project materials (plants, mulch, plant protectors). KCD will also cover most of the cost of three years of maintenance and monitoring to ensure a high rate of plant survival.

Services for Member Jurisdictions
As part of its newly launched Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Improvement Services program, KCD is developing resources in the form of a toolkit to help city staff work with homeowners within their cities or refer them to KCD. The restoration of urban aquatic areas has been identified as an essential component of salmon recovery efforts. The goal of the toolkit is to help city staff answer questions and provide help to homeowners regarding aquatic areas and riparian habitat.  These tools will help jurisdiction staff and homeowners better understand how to address natural resource protection and enhancement issues (e.g., managing erosion, improving bank stability, controlling invasive plants, and improving fish and wildlife habitat) within aquatic areas. KCD staff will also work with city staff to identify targeted areas within their jurisdiction to focus program resources. For profiles of completed Urban Shorelines projects click HERE.

Tools and Resource Links:

KCD Brochure – Urban Aquatic Area Enhancement Services
KCD Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Working Group Recommendations
KCD Freshwater Shoreline & Riparian Improvement Projects
KCD 2015-16 Urban Shoreline Improvement Projects

For more information contact Rachel Konrady
By phone at (425) 282-1907
or email Rachel Konrady