6-2017 Update

Dear Sky Valley Residents,

We hope you and your family will have a happy and safe 4th of July! Happy 4th of July

SVENA stands for Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance. Our mission is to protect an environmentally and economically sustainable future of the Skykomish River Valley. We are working towards a safer, cleaner, healthier, more beautiful and economically sustainable place to live, work and visit. You can find more information at our website svena.org.

SVENA does not affiliate with any political party and supports candidates who have similar goals and vision.


  1. SVENA is endorsing Kristin Kelly for a position of the Snohomish County Council member, District 5;
  3. Latest FPAs (Forest Practice Applications) for Skykomish River Valley.

  1. After considering many factors, and after numerous and thoughtful deliberations SVENA is endorsing Kristin Kelly for a position of the Snohomish County Council member, District 5. You can learn more about Kristin and her campaign at http://kellyforcouncil.info and Facebook page KellyForCouncil. If you have questions, please send a message to Kristin at kkellyforcouncil@gmail.com or call (360) 962-6157.

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    Kristin Kelly, a candidate for a position of the Snohomish County Council member, District 5

A resident of the Snohomish County since 1989, Kristin wants to work on protecting our environment, improving our economy, and ensuring we live in safe, thriving rural or urban communities. She has 15 years of experience working with the Snohomish County government as the leading advocate for land use and environment. Kirstin has been elected twice to serve on the Snohomish County Charter Review. This experience has provided Kristin with a deep understanding of the structure of governance in Snohomish County. Her opponents try to cast her as a single issue candidate while in fact she has more experience with the full breadth of Snohomish County than either of her two opponents.  

In view of the fact that Snohomish County is the second-fastest-growing county in the country, it is vital to have Kristin serving on the county council. Kristin opposes urban sprawl in the rural areas and does not seek special interest supporters such as development corporations. The pattern of development that is occurring now must be sustainable. It should not create pockets of land that do not have sufficient infrastructure and will create further problems in the future.  She understands importance of the safety and capacity improvements for Hwy 2 and Hwy 522.  

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Skykomish River Valley, WA attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists year after year.

Kristin was a small business owner for 14 years in Snohomish County and supports businesses, tourism and recreation industry which are essential for sustainable economy of the Skykomish River Valley.

Kristin has made a commitment to addressing important health concerns including the opioid crisis that has developed in our county.  She raised her son in Snohomish. He graduated from the school in the Snohomish School District.

Here is how you can help Kristin Kelly’s campaign – all your help will be very much appreciated:

Bothell’s is July 4th at noon;
Sultan Shindig is July 8th at 10:30 a.m. 
Klahaya Days in Snohomish is July 15th at 10:30 a.m.
Aquafest in Lake Stevens is July 29th at 1:00 p.m.  

  • Doorbell with Kristin: donate some of your free time and walk around our neighborhoods handing out flyers about her campaign and talking to people;
  • Put a yard sign on your property or distribute yard signs: if you would like one or several signs, please send Kristin a message at kkellyforcouncil@gmail.com;
  • Wave Kristin’s signs at busy intersections;
  • Endorse Kristin publicly at http://kellyforcouncil.info/contact;
  • Volunteer at an event;
  • Host a fundraiser or a reception;
  • Donate:  Unlike Sam Low, who is very well funded by the development community and does not support much tourism and recreation industry, Kristin is not seeking special interest money. Any contribution is deeply appreciated. Please send your checks to:

Kelly For Council
1429 Avenue D, #398
Snohomish, WA  98290  

All donations over $25 must include your address.  All donations over $100 must include your occupation and employer with address if that applies.

  • Most importantly, please vote at the primary on August 1st! The top two candidates will go onto the general election in November.  


TOXIC AERIAL HERBICIDE SPRAYING is a standard practice for timber companies that Spraying pagefollows clearcut logging. It is used to kill unwanted vegetation on industrial tree farms. It is cheaper and used more often than other alternative methods (cutting competing vegetation manually or mechanically, “spot-spraying” a smaller amount of selected plants on the ground, and other methods). For more info about standard tree farming practices, please see Forest Practices Illustrated.

Fact Sheet, Most Probable Active Ingredients vs. Human Health Effects (September-October 2016, Skykomish River Valley, herbicide sprays)

Research and monitoring shows that pesticides drift and contaminate surface and ground water following aerial and ground forestry applications. Some of the active ingredients include toxic substances such as Glyphosate (one common brand name containing Glyphosate is Roundup), Imazapyr, Metsulfuron methyl and Sulfometuron methyl.

Some irreversible health effects for humans include reduced production of sex hormones, damage to human cells particularly in fetuses, miscarriages, attention deficit disorder, increased risks of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, irritation to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. More information is at Fact Sheet for Active Ingredients and Pesticide Properties Data Base, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

WDOE (WA State Department of Ecology) Study EFFECTIVENESS OF BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR AERIAL APPLICATION OF FOREST PESTICIDES, concluded that all seven creeks were polluted with the aerially-sprayed toxic chemicals.

Timberland Herbicide Spraying Sickens a Community, article in High Country News (Oregon) 10-4-2014


Chapter 35.88 RCW “Water Pollution—Protection From”

RCW 35.88.040 Pollution as criminal nuisance—Punishment:

Any person who does, establishes, maintains, or creates any of the things which have the Tap water with fauseteffect of polluting any such sources of water supply, or water, and any person who does any of the things in RCW 35.88.030 declared to be unlawful, shall be deemed guilty of creating and maintaining a nuisance, and may be prosecuted therefor, and upon conviction thereof may be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars.

RCW 70.54.010 “Polluting Water Supply – Penalty”:

Every person who shall deposit or suffer to be deposited in any spring, well, stream, river or lake, the water of which is or may be used for drinking purposes, or on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by any municipal corporation, corporation or person as a watershed or drainage basin for a public or private water system, any matter or thing whatever, dangerous or deleterious Salmon run 2to health, or any matter or thing which may or could pollute the waters of such spring, well, stream, river, lake or water system, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

  1. It takes only a couple of minutes to check the latest FPAs for Sky Valley (Forest Practice Applications) and more info for FPAs. We encourage that you look out for your neighborhood in terms of logging, toxic chemical spraying and trash that can affect your and your family’s health, safety, and value of your property and business. More info is in three simple steps for becoming an FPA reviewer.

SVENA is working to bring a substantial value and benefit to the Skykomish Valley. Please support our efforts and visit SVENA website, become a sponsor or a member, join our Facebook Group, or simply click on a “Like” button on our Facebook page. Please spread the word, share this page with your family, friends and neighbors, let us know if you have questions / economic, public health or environmental concerns / interesting facts or photos, if you would like to add someone to the mailing list or to opt out of receiving SVENA updates.

Warm regards,

Inessa Pearce
SVENA (Skykomish Valley Environmental & Economic Alliance)