Public Education and Outreach

The City of Marysville Surface Water Division has a variety of educational resources available to the public. These resources are designed to assist and inform the following target audiences:

  • Private Homeowners and Renters
  • Business Owners
  • Contractors and Builders
  • Schools and Educators

Educational materials, including the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington, are available at the Public Works building on 80 Columbia Ave. Community members can also find information and speak with Surface Water Staff at various City events such as Earth Day, Touch-a-Truck, and Poochapalooza.  

Through the Allen Quilceda Watershed Action (AQWA) Team, the City and Marysville School District worked together to dedicate a 11.5 acre School District owned parcel adjacent to Jones Creek to be used as an outdoor learning center for environmental education.

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The City of Marysville Surface Water Division works in conjunction with the Marysville School District and Sound Salmon Solutions to provide environmental education and hands-on field trips at this site to local fifth grade students. The curriculum covers a range of topic relating to salmon habitat restoration, including: 

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Project Budgeting
  • Mapping
  • Site maintenance
  • Vegetation monitoring

The dedication of the Jones Creek property allows students to complete a restoration project from start to finish and problem solve as they go. The project and associated field trips are hands-on, interactive, and cover a wide variety of Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements and Common Core Curriculum. The outreach efforts also increase public awareness about stream health, water quality, and salmon habitat.

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Sockeye Salmon in Spawning Colors (image courtesy of Sound Salmon Solutions)