About SCEA

  • DASSH: Doing a Sprint for Samish Health
  • DASSH Winners!
  • Watershed Art and Discovery Day
  • Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail: Mini Trail , created by the 5th grade classrooms at Bayview Elementary School
  • Students from Bayview elementary creating the Skagit Watershed Mini Letterbox Trail !
  • Watershed Art and Discovery Day

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butter-flies, various animals to pet, hay fields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets: and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best of his education.” - Luther Burbank

SCEA Mission:

“To bring people together in the spirit of cooperation to protect, conserve and enhance the natural ecosystems in the Skagit Watersheds."

SCEA's office is located at the Padilla Bay National Research Reserve in Bayview, Washington. SCEA's office is made possible by a cooperative agreement between SCEA, Padilla Bay National Research Reserve and Washington State Department of Ecology.


SCEA History:

The purposes for which this Corporation is formed are exclusively charitable, scientific and educational and consist of the following:

  • Building alliances with other organizations and community residents.
  • Improving and enhancing our environment through education.
  • Supporting and inspiring grassroots projects that meet the needs of the community for conservation and protection of water, soil and related natural resources.
  • Encouraging voluntary cooperation and collaboration between stakeholders.
  • Working to implement local watershed action plans.

 Community Benefits:

  • Develop cooperative relationships; share information; shared expertise; prioritize projects; avoid duplication of efforts; etc.
  • Community connection - partnership among citizens, state, tribal, and local government and non-governmental entities;
  • Promotes voluntary actions to protect resources
  • Scientific research and implementation of strategies for resource conservation;
  • Science education opportunities linked to environmental quality;
  • Community Health - Ensure water is safe to drink, fish and shellfish are safe to eat, and beaches are safe for swimming;
  • Community stewardship and involvement;
  • Money returned to our community for conservation of our natural resources!


 KRISTI CARPENTER , President     

 Skagit Conservation District


NICOLE GILMORE , Vice-President       



RICK HALEY , Treasurer        

Skagit County Public Works     


JILL WEBER ,Secretary                                


DIANE MELVIN , Board Member 

John L. Scott                      




Clean Samish Initiative


SCEA is a proud partner of the Clean Samish Initiative and its Education and Outreach program. Collaborative efforts are underway to locate and identify potential sources of fecal coliform that contribute to unsafe levels of bacteria in the Samish watershed, river and bay.  Technicians will be collecting water samples from local ditches and streams. The monitoring data is used to follow the bacteria to its source. 

The importance of working together to find solutions that work for property owners and help improve the health of our watershed is vital. Through education, collaboration and outreach, we can meet our goals towards healthy water today for future generations to come. The CSI's goal is to achieve both short and long-term pollution reductions in the Samish Basin.

Clean Water Program


The goal of the Clean Water Program is to address and deal with non-point pollution and to enhance Skagit County's water quality. It consists of a myriad of activities directed at educating the public, controlling storm water pollution, developing water quality monitoring plans, and restoring habitats among many other goals.

Watershed Action Planning Committee –
Overseeing and coordinating actions as determined by the  (Watershed Actions) Implementation Review Committee (IRC)

Samish Basin Portable Toilets and Pet Waste Stations


The Samish river is used year round by Fishers, Hikers, Bicyclists, Runners, Bird Watchers & Hang Gliders, just to name a few!

Due to the high fecal coliform counts in the Samish River, one effort to help reduce a potential impact from a human source is to offer strategic placement of the toilets, especially during high use periods.

Landowner, Recreational Groups and Skagit County Public Works Department aided SCEA in finding sites that can offer portable toilet placement stations. In addition, volunteers are helping to get the word out by distributing portable toilet maps & signs within local recreation groups and clubs.

We encourage feedback from local landowners and users to determine the best placement of these stations. Please email us with any questions or concerns here.

Sponsoring partners include Taylor Shellfish, Puget Sound Partners, Puget Sound Starts Here, Skagit Clean Water Program, & many other local conservation organizations with an invested interest in protecting the quality of our Water & Watersheds.