KCD’s aquatic area protection and enhancement programs offer technical assistance and project implementation services to urban landowners with freshwater shoreline and riparian habitat on their property.
KCD offers aquatic area enhancement services to help livestock and agricultural landowners protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes and ponds.
Shore Friendly King County (external link)
Shore Friendly King County (SFKC) is a collaborative of restoration and conservation agencies and organizations working together to bring Shore Friendly tools and assistance to homeowners in King County. Comprised of staff in four King County departments, King Conservation District, and Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, SFKC provides assessment and education to shoreline owners to encourage consideration of armor removal and nearshore habitat improvements. Shore Friendly is a program under the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Recovery Project, which is run by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and in partnership with the Estuary and Salmon Recovery Program.
KCD offers in-person, online, and go-at-your-own-pace education opportunities. Topics include streamside restoration, marine shorelines, planting with native plants, wildfire preparedness, agricultural stewardship, and more.
KCD provides landowners with cost-share assistance to support implementation of conservation practices on private property.
Agricultural property owners interested in protecting and enhancing fish habitat can participate in a federally funded land rental program that compensates lost production based on a “soil rental rate” and provides up to 100% of the funding needed to plant a stream buffer.
KCD assists family forest landowners to participate in Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Family Forest Fish Passage Program, which provides funding to replace road culverts and other stream barriers that prevent fish from reaching upstream habitats.
KCD’s Wetland Plant Cooperative provides wetland emergent plants to individuals, organizations and agencies in trade for volunteer service at the nursery or in-kind contributions such as soil, lumber or pots.