Skagit Drainage and Fish Initiative

The Skagit Drainage and Fish Initiative (DFI) brought together the agricultural community with state and tribal entities in 2006 in a collaborative process to design and implement necessary planning, environmental documentation and permitting for the drainage districts’ maintenance activities. As part of this process, the districts now work under Drainage Maintenance Plans approved at the county, state, and federal levels by resource and regulatory agencies. These plans describe and inventory all the watercourse features in the districts, prescribe Best Management Practices for all watercourse maintenance activities, and identify proposed habitat improvement projects in the Skagit Delta agricultural area.