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The Skagit Marine Resources Committee analyzes marine-related issues and determines actions to enhance and protect marine habitat.

The Skagit County Lake Management District Program provides technical and administrative assistance to lake communities interested in controlling aquatic noxious weeds that impair recreation, environmental, and aesthetic qualities enjoyed by lakeside residents and lake users.

Water Quality is very important in our daily routines. This program monitors the water quality of several creeks and streams throughout the county.

The Salmon Habitat Monitoring program monitors salmon habitat. It instigates and oversees projects that improve salmon habitat in our county.

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) enhances and protects stream bank stability, fish habitat and water quality while compensating the landowner for setting land aside that borders a stream or river. Skagit County currently manages three CREP sites at Day and Etach Creeks and Martin Slough

The Instream Flow and Groundwater Management Program is responsible for local implementation of the Skagit and Stillaguamish instream flow rules and reservations including studies of groundwater and surface water interactions. Links to recent studies conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey are provided here.

The Clean Water Program funds many water resource activities, including water quality, salmon habitat monitoring and restoration, adaptive management, and administration of lake management districts and the Skagit Marine Resources Committee.