Salmon Habitat Conservation
Local partners working together to conserve and restore salmon habitat.
New and Popular Links
- Renewing Our Commitment to Salmon Conservation: Progress to Date and What's Next
- 2015 WRIA 8 Funding Opportunities
- January 15, 2015 Salmon Recovery Council Meeting Packet
- WATCH THE VIDEO: Rainbow Bend Levee Setback and Floodplain Restoration Project (Vimeo link)
- October 10, 2014 WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Tour
- New KPLU series Swimming Upstream follows one Chinook run from the ocean to the Cedar River:
- Part 1: Adult Chinook In The Pacific Ocean Prepare For Long Journey Home
- Part 2: Returning Chinook Exposed To Bathtub Of Contaminants In Puget Sound
- Part 3: Ballard Locks Pose Triple Threat to Returning Chinook
- Part 4: Back In Lake Washington, Chinook Stop Feeding, Rely On Smells To Find Way Home
- Part 5: On The Cedar River, Restored Habitat Provides Ideal Spawning Conditions For Returning Chinook
- Part 6: Threatened Chinook Face Final Obstacle at Landsburg Dam Before Reaching "Shangri-La"
- King County Flood Control District approves $1.5 million in Cooperative Watershed Management Grant funding for WRIA 8
- 2015 WRIA 8 Legislative Priorities
- WRIA 8 Chinook Monitoring and Adaptive Management Phase I Summary Report released
- Volunteer at an upcoming restoration project in WRIA 8!
- WATCH THE VIDEO: Spawning Season on the Cedar River (Vimeo link)
- WATCH THE VIDEO: "State of Salmon: Restoring a Washington Icon" (You Tube link)
- Green Shorelines for Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish
- Five-Year Implementation Progress Report (2005-2010)
- WRIA 8 Summit: Our First Five Years - Our Future (December 2010)
About the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8)
Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 8, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmentalists and governments are cooperating on protection and restoration projects and have developed a science-based plan to conserve salmon today and for future generations. Funding for the salmon conservation plan is provided by 28 local governments in the watershed.
Salmon recovery in WRIA 8 is organized around the needs of two distinct chinook populations - Cedar River and Sammamish River - as well as the migratory and rearing corridors used by those populations. While particular actions may differ among those recovery areas, certain theme hold true throughout the watershed. For example, watershed-wide priorities include protecting forests, reducing impervious surfaces, managing stormwater flows, protecting and improving water quality, conserving water and protecting and restoring vegetation along streambanks.
Watershed Map Showing Land Use