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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Lopez Village Road Stormwater Improvement Coming Soon

Lopez Village Ditch_2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 13, 2022 – This fall, San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship will upgrade the eroding ditch along the east side of Village Road between Washburn and Eads Lane, to improve storm water quality and manage flooding.  

The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Ecology and the County’s Clean Water Utility.  In addition to the drainage, the parallel parking along the road will be improved and a gravel trail and bridge crossings will be installed to provide safe pedestrian access to the Farmers Market.  The drainage will be planted with native vegetation, including trees, shrubs, and grasses. All work is being conducted within the County road right of way and easement.  

Lopez Village Ditch floodThe project will remove seven mid-sized trees (5 crabapple, 1 apple, and 1 red alder) currently growing over a sanitary sewer main and in the path of the new drainage swale.  New trees will be added along the drainage and trail to replace those removed by the construction.

The project is scheduled to start the week of September 26 (after the close of the Farmers Market), and finish by early November.

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Media Contact: Kendra Smith, Director of Environmental Stewardship,, 360.378.8915

About San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship:  San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship is responsible for solid waste, marine resources, clean water, cultural resources, and climate and sustainability work.  The department offices are located at 915 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship, visit


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