American Farmland Trust's Newaukum Creek Precision Conservation project is focused on working with farmers in the Newaukum Creek watershed to improve water quality.
Located in the upper reaches of the Green River watershed in eastern King County, the area is home to dairy, livestock, horses, and field crop farms.
Farms border six miles of the creek, where lack of riparian vegetation and livestock access to streams contribute to the creek's history of water quality issues. The greatest problems for salmon and wildlife habitat are unhealthy water temperature and the amount of fecal coliform from both humans and livestock. This project builds on important work of our partners, who have already enlisted a quarter of area landowners in replanting efforts to address these issues.
- Expand farmer awareness and participation in conservation
- Increase number of sustainable farming practices implemented on farms
- Design and carry out project in a way that is replicable across watersheds
- Coordinate and combine investment dollars and funding sources to maximize benefit to the environment and the local farming community