August Brown Bag Lunch: Water Wise

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:30am
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When: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:30am-1pm
Where: The Community Room (1901 Hoag Road)

Life in Skagit County is one lived in close proximity to water: The Skagit River’s150 mile length drains more than 1.7 million acres and is fed by 6 major tributaries. The Salish Sea includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, and all their connecting channels and adjoining waters. This seemingly abundant resource, is one we have an obligation to protect. Please join the Skagit Valley Family YMCA AOA as we host Karen DuBose, Skagit County’s Pollution Identification and Correction Coordinator & Kristi Carpenter, Public Information and Education Coordinator for the Skagit Conservation District for a wide ranging discussion focusing on how we can all participate in keeping Skagit County’s rivers, creeks and marine waters clean, safe and abundant for all users for generations to come.
Karen’s presentation will be focused on water quality in Skagit County, droughts impact and what you can do to make sure there is enough safe and clean water available for everyone in the county’s use for playing, fishing, swimming and irrigation.
As an introduction to sustainable landscaping practices, Kristi’s talk will focus on how you can transform your backyard into a dazzling garden ablaze and alive with butterflies and hummingbirds. You’ll learn how to create a beautiful landscape that reduces pesticide and water use, protects water quality and attracts beneficial critters to your garden. Discover how you can garden for both wildlife and childlife, put native plants to work in your garden, select plants to attract pollinators, reduce yard maintenance, and how you can have your own yard certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat or Sanctuary.


  •  Water reducing landscaping techniques.
  •  Landscaping with native plants & drought tolerant planting.
  •  Droughts impact on our fisheries.
  •  Irrigation & farming in the Skagit River estuary.
  •  Hardscaping: Permeable paving options.
  •  Rain gardens/Rain barrels.
  •  Skagit watershed: Mountain to Sound connection.


Contact: Ingrid Hinton, AOA Coordinator, for more information. Space is limited: please register at the Welcome Center.