Our Projects.

Laurel WID Priorities, Goals, and Possible Actions

1. Water Quantity: water availability for agricultural use (irrigation,livestock, processing)

Goal: Farmers in the Laurel WID have secure (legal) access to sufficient water for agricultural uses.

Action: ​​

  • 2018: Participate in workshop on water rights

  • 2018: Foster task force pilot: Identify participants and prioritize locations where transfers might be feasible and practical

  •  2019: Support & coordinate with Ag Water Board for efforts in legal negotiations and actions related to water rights

  • 2019: Provide education about water rights to WID members

 

2. Agricultural field drainage

Goal: Drainage infastructure and ditches in the Laurel WID are actively and efficiently maintained

Action:

  • 2017: Developed 5-year plan for drainage

  • 2018: Supported Four Mile Drainage District revegetation

  • 2018: Coordinated Ten Mile Creek drainage improvements

  • 2019: Support East Hemmi stream reroute and restoration

  • 2019: Communicate ability to make use of our permits to landowners and partners in the WID

3. Water Quality

Goal: Agricultural activities in the Laurel WID do not cause water quality standards to be exceeded in surface water and 

           groundwater bodies within the WID.

Action:

  •  2017: Set up the DNA testing for water quality (Scott Ditch)

  •  2018 - present: Supporting Ten Mile Group monitoring and discussions with Ferndale re: Deer Creek

  •  2019: Continue to make use of DNA technology for water quality

4. Flood management & protection

Goal: Agricultural lands in the Laurel WID are protected from flooding due to surface water runoff at critical times in the

          growing season.

Action: 

5. Communication,Outreach, and Education

Goal (internal): WID members are aware of and understand the priority issues and participate actively in WID planning & 

                           implementation of priority actions.

Goal (external): Nonagricultural residents and other stakeholders outside the WID are aware of, understand and support the

 

                           Laurel WID's priority actions.

Actions: 

  • 2015:  Redesigned website @ www.laurelwid.com

  • 2017 – present: Use AWB and Family Farmers newsletters to communicate current projects

  • 2017 – present:  Sponsor WCD Speaker Series and other communication efforts

6. Water flow processes: Habitats & species

Goal: The Laurel WID’s plans and actions help to protect and enhance water flow processes and fish and wildlife habitats

           in the Four Mile, Ten Mile, and Deer Creek watersheds.

Actions:

  • 2019: Identify and replace priority fish blocking culverts

7. Agricultural protection (Protecting the agricultural industry)

Goal: Important agricultural land in the WID is protected from conversion through appropriate zoning and/or voluntary

          agricultural conversion easements.

Actions: 

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