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 and 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.

Tools and Resource Links

Streamflow Map

Streamflow Map

Interactive online map allows users to see real time stream flows for streams and rivers throughout the state.

King County Native Plants Website

King County Go Natives!

Go Natives is an online native plant guide and database. This online tool allows you to search for native plant species, provides plant plan templets, how-to articles and other information regarding native plants.

Invasive plants species have a negative impact on our local shorelines. Invasive species crowd out beneficial native vegetation, hinder natural regeneration of native species, reduces habitat for fish and other animals and can cause erosion of shorelines. Invasive species should be controlled immediately and replaced with native trees and shrubs.

King County iMap

King County offers a free online mapping tool where you can get information on mapped natural resource features such as streams, lakes wetlands and other spatial information.  The tool allows you search for a location, look up property information and explore different map layers.  Additionally, the program allows to you draw and insert text over basemaps


Salmonscapes is an online tool developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The tool is an interactive, computer mapping application that provides scientific information on fish distribution, fish barriers and other data regarding fish species in our state. The tool merges fish and habitat data collected by state, federal, tribal and local biologists

Priority Habitat and Species

The Priority Habitat and Species map is an online, interactive map for citizens, landowners and cities that provides basic spatial information about Priority Habitats and Species in Washington State.  The website provides best available science to help with land use planning.

Web Soil Survey

The Web Soil Survey provides soil data and information for King County and Washington State. Soil data can help in planning restoration projects, by providing information on what plant species would do best in current soil conditions. The online tool allows you to navigate to an area and get soil information specific to that area

National Wetland Inventory

The National Wetlands Inventory is an online mapping tool that shows the location and type of wetlands. The maps can provide information to help determine wetland boundaries and buffer widths.

Other Resources

  • Major waterbodies map for each jurisdiction
    • Bellevue
    • Black Diamond
    • Burien
    • Duvall
    • Redmond
    • Sammamish
  • Riparian Habitat Restoration (coming soon)
  • Stream Bank Stability (coming soon)
  • Wetland Identification and Health (coming soon)
  • Salmon Ecology (coming soon)
  • Project Planning/Design (coming soon)
  • Planting Plan Templates (coming soon)
  • Project Timelines (what project work should be done and when) (coming soon)
  • Critical Area Regulations (specific to each city) – Permitting (coming soon)
  • Instructional Videos (invasive control, planting, mulching, etc.) (coming soon)
  • Mapped wetlands for each jurisdiction (coming soon)

KCD Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Working Group Recommendations

For more information contact KCD’s main office at 425-282-1950

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