Better Ground


We are Better Ground.

Better Ground is a collective movement across Puget Sound by  western Washington conservation districts, also known as the “Puget Sound conservation districts” (PSCD). We are people who want to ensure that what makes this place special, remains special. Together, we can make this community an even better place to call home.

PSCDs are responding to this natural resource crisis by expanding their focus to work with diverse local residents, organizations, and cities, in addition to the PSCD’s historical agricultural and forestry partnerships.

Today, these twelve districts are playing a critical role in addressing natural resource needs with a coordinated approach that stretches from watershed planning to implementing green infrastructure across the broad mosaic of private lands. This collaboration on private parcels complements, augments, and protects the critical progress made on public lands.

Each year, PSCDs help landowners implement over 1,400 water quality protection and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement practices.

By working collaboratively through the PSCD Caucus, the conservation districts surrounding Puget Sound have an effective framework to support regional, state, Tribal and federal agency priorities. Whenever possible, PSCDs align conservation programs and services with regional resource management priorities,  including:

  • Puget Sound Partnership Action Agenda
  • Municipal Shoreline Master Programs
  • Shellfish, Salmon Recovery initiatives
  • Water quality protection efforts including NPDES and PIC plan

A few words about conservation districts

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 01J18101 to the Washington State Department of Ecology. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.