Our community can be defined by where we live, how we live and the neighbors that call this place home. This multi dimensional place is home to thousands of men, women, children, pets, wildlife and the rest of mother nature. How we relate to these dimensions define the community. See the 'Pictures' page to view a series of photos that provide some perspective of this complex community.
Where We Live
Our community is located around Echo Lake and Lost Lake in south Snohomish County of Washington State. We are fortunate to be in the great northwestern corner of the United States, between the Cascade mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Our climate is mostly moderated by the Pacific Ocean; therefore, the region is green year round.
Located 34 miles northeast of Seattle, 26 miles north of Bellevue, 16 miles from our post office in Snohomish and 23 miles east of Everett, the Snohomish County Seat.
Located near Maltby where children attend elementary and middle school, and 13 miles south of Monroe High School where students are bused.
Located 10 miles from the nearest restaurant, 15 miles from the nearest hospital, and 10 miles from the nearest community park.
Comprised of 6.9 square miles and 1,550 residential homes—most are single family dwellings but there are also residents in one mobile home park.
Affected by tall evergreens, cell phone service is questionable for many residents and TV reception is often unreliable, even by satellite dish services.
While many have water available from a water district, others must rely on water from private wells. People rely on septic systems for wastewater removal. A few homes are heated solely by wood.
Crime is not our highest priority concern despite mailbox thefts, vandalism, some sexual assaults and even a very rare murder.
No, we are not rural like Alaska, North Dakota or Montana. But we are “rural” in our traffic-congested Pacific Northwest community, isolating residents in a different way.
There are an estimated 3,863 residents. Most of us live down single access roads. The challenges of living in a rural setting is shared by most. Some of the more dense neighborhoods are more like a standard suburb, but for most there is the challenge of nature and the pleasure of solitude. Unlike city dwellers, our population density is only 563 people per square mile. This compares to Woodinville at 2,055 people per square mile and Monroe at 2,922 people per square mile. This is why we can still enjoy the wildlife.
Snohomish County has a population of about 215,000 people, heavily populated along the north-south Interstate 5 corridor closest to the Puget Sound. This is the third largest county in the state of Washington.
What Have We Done Lately
Nov. 13, 2018 – Emergency response overview presentation for six people who responded to a home invitation via social media by a resident who is also a retired city chief of police and who provides training nationally in disaster response and emergency planning.
Jan. 16 – In-home chili supper for 23 people who responded to a social media invitation to those interested in emergency preparedness.
Feb. 27 – Community meeting at church about radio communication in our area.
Mar. 27 – PowerPoint Presentation at church by Michelle Boll, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, discussing planning for disasters in Snohomish County. What can be done to prepare.
Apr. 24 – Wednesday community emergency response classes at the church led by Bill Cooper begin Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
May 22 – First “steering committee” meeting of 8 planners for Echo/lost Lake Community Group (who became known as “Red Shirts”) who supported a plan for our first NNO event.
May 28 – With venue approval from the local church, received approval to become a National Night Out site for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
May 28 – Applied for a $250 Thrivent Action Team “Community Impact Card.”
June 3 – First NNO planning meeting of three key individuals.
June 12 – Last weekly community emergency response class.
June 15 – GoFundMe account established for NNO Echo/Lost Lake Community Block Party (20 private donors gave $1,259).
June 15&16 -Training and licensing of 16 new ham radio operators.
June 19 – Second “Red Shirts” meeting of 11 interested people to determine future of group and direct planning for NNO. Officers elected.
June 26 – In-home ham radio get-together.
July 7 – Put up two 4x6’ vinyl banners publicizing NNO.
July 9 – NNO planning meeting.
July 10 – “Red Shirts” meeting to plan NNO.
July 15 – NNO planning meeting.
July 25 – Nearly 600 postcard invitations sent to residences in Echo and Lost Lake areas.
July 23 - NNO planning meeting.
July 30 - NNO planning meeting.
Aug. 5 - NNO planning meeting.
Aug. 6 – Echo/Lost Lake Community Block Party for 250 - 300 people on church grounds.
Aug. 7 – Publication of the Echo/Lost Lake Community Group story in the Snohomish Tribune.
Aug. 8 – Filming by KIRO News (Seattle CBS affiliate) of in-home ham radio training session.
Aug. 15 – NNO planning meeting evaluation of changes for 2020 block party.
Sept 11 - “Red Shirts” meeting to finalize plans for fall and winter classes and events.
The lakes are a natural resource put at risk by humans living nearby. Thankfully the folks living within the watershed feeding the lakes have managed their impact on the water quality of the lakes. And the local folks that monitor the lake water quality help assure this resource is preserved for generations to come. Have you wondered about the water in these lakes? How deep is the lake? Are the fish stocked periodically? Is there a mysterious creature living in the depths of the lake? Well the data to answer those questions can be found in The Lakes Information.