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Watershed Improvement District

First Ever Watershed Improvement District in Snoqualmie Valley passes by 94%!

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The election results are in: landowners in the lower Snoqualmie Valley voted for the district at an overwhelming rate of 94%! The district was officially established on Monday, December 7.

Five commissioners were sworn in: Siri Erickson-Brown and Jason Roetcisoender (3 year terms), Gary Remlinger and Patrick McGlothlin (2 year terms) and David Andrews (1 year term). Congratulations to the commissioners, and thank you for serving your community.

Check back for time/location of district’s first meeting.

Watershed Improvement District Special Election

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The special election to form the Watershed Improvement District is upon us. Ballots will be mailed Oct 26, and will be due back on Nov 24. The SVPA is hosting a community forum to educate landowners on the process to form the WID, and to provide an opportunity to learn more about the Commissioner Candidates.

WID Community Forum
Monday, November 2
Sno-Valley Senior Center
4610 Stephens Avenue, downtown Carnation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Candidates will be on hand to answer questions. Also in attendance will be water law and district expert Attorney Bill Clarke.

Read the candidates’ statements by clicking the buttons below their name.

Jim Abram   read statement

David Andrews   read statement

Mathew Benson   read statement

David Casey   read statement

Siri Erickson-Brown   read statement

Patrick McGlothlin   read statement

Gary Remlinger   read statement

Jason Roetcisoender   read statement

Three Watershed Improvement District Meetings Scheduled

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There is a lot going on in our Valley. Please join the conversation.

Landowners in the valley are in the process of forming a new entity to address water issues: Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District.

The district will be an organizing force for farmers and rural landowners, and will bring much needed help to otherwise intractable problems such as water rights, water supply and agricultural drainage.

The SVPA is arranging a series of no-host events for you to get answers to your questions about the district, what it means to you and how much it will cost. Come chat with your neighbors and meet your commissioner candidates.

If you are interested in becoming a commissioner, contact Cynthia Krass at for more information.

Fall City Roadhouse

4200 Preston Fall City Rd SE

Wednesday May 27

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Pete’s Club – Carnation

4640 Tolt Ave 

Monday May 11

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Ixtapa in Duvall

15329 Brown Ave NE 

Wednesday May 20 

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Watershed Improvement District/Drainage Meeting Mar 31

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Watershed Improvement District and Drainage Meeting

March 31, 5:00 p.m.

Senior Center in Carnation

4610 Stephens Ave, Downtown Carnation

Save the date for Tues, March 31 for a free community meeting to discuss the proposed Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District and how the District will address drainage.

We will have a panel of experts to answer your questions, including similar districts in Whatcom County, drainage districts in King and Snohomish county, and water law and district expert Attorney Bill Clarke.

More detail will be posted soon. In the meantime, contact Cynthia Krass at with any questions, or to let us know you’re coming.

For more information, view the concept paper and Frequently Asked Questions

Jan 27 Water Rights Workshop Materials

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Thanks to all who attended the water rights workshop on January 27 at the Senior Center in Carnation. Water rights attorney Bill Clarke presented detailed information about water law in Washington State.

Please mark your calendars for the next workshop, March 31, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Carnation.

Click on the links below to find materials from the workshop:

Concept and Frequently Asked Questions Presentation

For more information, or to meet with SVPA staff or Mr. Clarke about your specific water rights, please contact Cynthia Krass at

Water Rights Workshop

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Water Rights Workshop

January 27, Carnation Senior Center, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

4610 Stephens Ave, Downtown Carnation

Thank you to all who turned out Tues, Jan 27 for this information session.

If you missed it, you can view the  presentation and handouts here.

The next meeting will be held on March 31, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the same location, the Senior Center in Carnation.

This session was made possible by a grant from Washington State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, to increase access to irrigation in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Please email Cynthia Krass at  with any questions, or if you would like to talk individually with SVPA and water rights attorney Bill Clarke about your specific water rights.

This session was part of a larger effort to create a basin-wide approach to protecting our existing rights and obtaining new rights. The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance is seeking to assist landowners in forming a locally-controlled “Watershed Improvement District,” empowered to address water rights, water supply and agricultural drainage.

watershed improvement district overview Concept Proposal (pdf)