Salmon Habitat Conservation

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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.

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