9-2018 Update

Dear Sky Valley Residents,

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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 but supports candidates who have similar goals and vision.


  1. Toxic aerial and ground spraying for summer and fall 2018Tap water with fauset
  2. October 24, 6 pm in Everett – next public meeting of Reiter Foothills Public Forum
  3. October 22, 2018, 6:30 pm at the Snohomish Public Library – next non-motorized focus meeting for Reiter Foothills.  
  4. POSTPONED: September 20, 9 am in Okanogan – final public meeting with the State Parks commissioners for Long-term planning of Wallace Falls State Park (CAMP process);
  5. “A Groundwater Emergency – From Michigan to the Nation”, live / interactive broadcast 10-1-2018 at 10 am PST
  6. Protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and sing on to the petition to push Congress for permanent funding.
  7. Interesting reads:

“How a ragtag group of Oregon locals took on the biggest chemical companies in world – and won”, The Intercept 9-15-2018

The History of Big Chemical’s War on Food, 1865—2007 | Chelsea Green Publishing

Operation Paperclip Archives – AHRP (Alliance for Human Research Protection)

1. Some facts: Timber corporations and DNR aerially or manually spray pesticides on industrial tree plantations every year in dry, fairly calm weather. Nevertheless, PESTICIDES OFTEN DRIFT AND RELOCATE IN AIR, SOIL, AND WATER. Pesticides are applied in many areas along the entire West Coast of the U.S. and beyond on a massive scale.

EPA registers chemicals for use nationally, however registration does NOT guarantee safety. The WA State Department of Agriculture is the regulatory agency in charge of enforcing laws regarding the use of pesticides in WA State.

Aerial pesticide spraying on tree plantations requires permits by DNR (Department of Natural Resources). Meanwhile, ground pesticide spraying does not require any permits. FPA (Forest Practice Application) for aerial pesticide spraying is valid for 3 years. Aerial spraying can take place at any time during those 3 years from the date of approval. The same area can be sprayed more than once during those 3 years. List of active FPAs for aerial spraying in Sky Valley with maps and chemicals

Some forest landowners notify adjacent property owners in advance of an aerial  spray, but it is not required by law. It is worth asking for such information, if sprays are planned nearby.gold bar photo

Chapter 35.88 RCW “Water Pollution—Protection From”

RCW 70.54.010 “Polluting Water Supply – Penalty”

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying

SVENA Chemical Spraying page

Contact List for Toxic Sprays  and Contact List for Press and Elected Officials

SVENA contacted DNR Northwest Region, WSDOT Northwest Region, US Forest Service and other government / non-government organizations and private companies and requested that they work on reduction of toxic spraying in the Skykomish River Valley.

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 at 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, photos, or 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)