Community Updates & Alerts
Swinomish members, please join us TUESDAY, MARCH 21 at 6 P.M. via Zoom for the MONTHLY COMMUNITY UPDATE MEETING.
Topics: HEALTH and SOCIAL SERVICES
You can register here: sitcgov.us/20230321-Community
A Zoom invitation will be emailed to you prior to the meeting time. Registration closes Monday, March 20, at 5 p.m.
GROUP-PURCHASE PROGRAM MAKES SOLAR ENERGY AFFORDABLE ON THE SWINOMISH RESERVATION
Olympia Community Solar, a non-profit that facilitates the installation of clean energy systems, has started its third annual solar energy group-purchase program called Solarize. The Skagit Valley Clean Energy Cooperative is working with Olympia Community Solar this year to facilitate the program here on the Swinomish Reservation and in Skagit County.
Interested residents can access solar at prices below market rates until July 4, 2023. Financing is available.
For more information about the program, click here.
FIREWOOD CUTTING PROGRAM
Swinomish Public Works has the new Firewood Cutting Program up and running. The program entails the purchase of firewood from enrolled Swinomish for the Elder wood program. The program is intended to help tribal member woodcutters acquire income while providing a source of home heat for our Elders.
If you are interested in becoming a woodcutter, you MUST read and sign the Firewood Cutting Program & Policy form AND contact Public Works before you start.
Firewood Cutting Program & Policy form: sitcgov.us/woodcutting
SWINOMISH HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE FUND
The Swinomish Homeowner Assistance Fund program is now active and able to assist low-income homeowners who are delinquent in mortgage payments, utilities, and other home expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To learn about the program, click here. To submit a pre-application for assistance, please click here.
RECREATIONAL BEACHES BACTERIA MONITORING
February 22, 2023 – All six monitored beaches are SAFE for water contact activities. Next sampling scheduled for 3/15/23.
- Snee-Oosh Beach: SAFE
- Lone Tree Point: SAFE
- Swinomish Channel at the fishing docks: SAFE
- The Flats: SAFE
- Martha's Bay Beach: SAFE
- Hole-in-the-Wall Beach: SAFE
Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts weekly bacterial monitoring of six swimming beaches during summer (June – August) and monitors monthly throughout the rest of the year.
SHELLFISH PSP MONITORING AT LONE TREE POINT
January 17, 2023 – NO TRACE DETECTED in butter clam sample