Q&A: How Will Snohomish Farms Endure Climate Change?


By Jamie Robertson, Conservation Geographer, and Heather Cole, Puget Sound Community Relations Manager

Climate change is already impacting people and nature in the Puget Sound region, and we know those changes have only just begun. Agriculture is particularly at risk from increased flooding as higher intensity rain events become more common and sea-level rise enhances storm surge flooding in coastal farmlands.

The Snohomish Conservation District recently partnered with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and The Nature Conservancy to model and map various historic and future flood scenarios across the Snohomish and Stillaguamish watersheds.

Those data are now available in a webmap on CoastalResilience.org. And click here to read a blog post with more information about the webmap itself.

Snohomish Conservation District’s Cindy Dittbrenner. Photo © Hannah Letinich.

We caught up with Cindy Dittbrenner, Natural Resource Program Manager for the Snohomish Conservation District, to discuss why these data and webmap are so important for farmers in Snohomish County.

The Nature Conservancy: How will increased flood risk affect lowland farmers? Will flooding become more prevalent or severe in the future?

Cindy: Farmers in the lowlands often have water on their mind. Will there be enough in the growing season? Will there

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