December 2016 Newsletter
Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 8

Watershed projects advance with SRFB action

Salmon jumpingOn December 8, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) awarded funding for habitat protection and restoration projects around the state, including the design of the Lower Taylor Creek Restoration Project along the Lake Washington shoreline, sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities. The SRFB also issued pre-approval for Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) grants, which will not become final until the state budget is adopted for the 2017 – 2019 biennium, likely in June 2017. Projects receiving pre-approval are the Wayne Golf Course Acquisition (City of Bothell) and Bear Creek Restoration at the Friendly Village Mobile Home Park in Redmond (Adopt A Stream Foundation). These funding decisions are the culmination of the 2016 WRIA 8 grant round, conducted last spring and approved by the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council at their May meeting.

Issaquah Creek habitat improvementIssaquah Creek habitat improvements celebrated

On November 30, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s annual celebration featured its “Parade of Accomplishments” to highlight successes around the watershed. A featured accomplishment was WRIA 8’s support for and partnership with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Washington State Parks to improve habitat conditions along the lower mile of Issaquah Creek through Lake Sammamish State Park.

Spread the word on salmon recovery and water quality with these resources!

Salmon, stormwater and youSome of you may have seen the “Salmon, stormwater and you” insert in the Sunday Seattle Times October 28. Part of the Times’ “Newspapers in Education” series, and targeted to school-age kids, it was a collaboration between local government partners, the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign, and WRIA 8. See it at the Seattle Times website or email for hard copies.

Remember that the brochure Living with Salmon in King County has been updated to include the most current information about the nine salmon species found in King County’s watersheds, the best locations for spotting them, the salmon life cycle, challenges salmon face and how you can help. View the Living with Salmon brochure or email for free copies.

Salmon, stormwater and youView and share these engaging and short videos released by the Pierce Conservation District (and funded by the South Central Caucus Group) showing individual actions called for by the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign: fixing car leaks, cleaning up after pets and more.

WRIA 8 staff created a factsheet last month with an update on restoration projects underway and planned in the watershed. See it on the WRIA 8 salmon recovery website or get copies from

Knotweed survey is off to a great start in Bear Creek Watershed

Knotweed along Bear CreekForterra has published a report on their successful first year surveying the Bear Creek Watershed for knotweed.  Washington Conservation Corps crewmembers helped with the surveys and Water Tenders promoted the project to landowners. Read the report and see a map of survey results.

Contact Michelle Quast  or Judy Blanco with questions.

King Conservation District (KCD) crew restores McAleer Creek habitat

McAleer Creek KCD crewKCD Washington Conservation Corps crewmembers used climbing gear to rappel down a steep slope during a restoration project along McAleer Creek in Lake Forest Park. McAleer Creek restoration was one of more than ten projects implemented this year through KCD's new Urban Shorelines Program.

Do mulch and fabric help plants survive at restoration sites?

People interested in riparian plantings along floodplain rivers will want to read this memo for the results of a five-year experiment about whether mulch or fabric improves the performance of riparian plantings. In this study, tree survival and growth (cover) was not increased by either mulch or fabric, for potted red alder or black cottonwood stakes. Note that these findings pertain to sites with similar conditions (e.g., not dominated by non-native grasses) and similar plant species, sizes, installation methods, and spacing. For more information, contact

KinnickinnickOrder spring plants to pick up at KCD’s Native Plant Sale in March!

Order plants now for pickup on March 11th at the annual KCD Native Plant Sale next to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way in Renton. Check the list of available plants here KCD Native Plant Sale and order from a wide array of bare-root trees, shrubs and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows, and habitat restoration.

Salmon-related news and notes:

KokaneeRead this story from the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter about the prospects for re-establishing and/or growing the presence of native kokanee in Sammamish River and Lake Washington tributaries:

The Obama Administration announced in October that it would prioritize and allocate resources to clean up Puget Sound, putting it on an equal footing with the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay for national attention:

NOAA’s annual Fisheries of the United States report for 2015 shows it was a tough year for Pacific Northwest fishermen, likely due to warm ocean temperatures:

The Washington State Department of Ecology in November proposed a new rule making Puget Sound a “no discharge zone” for dumping sewage from vessels:

Funding opportunities:

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN)  has announced the opening of Round Ten of Partners for Places. This matching grant program funds cities and counties to build partnerships that improve communities between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. The application deadline is January 30. Visit the Partners for Places webpage for more information.

Project proposals for 2017 are due to the Drinking Water Providers Partnership by January 17. They fund projects by drinking water providers and watershed restoration practitioners in Oregon and Washington that restore and protect watersheds while benefiting ecosystems and native fish. For information on how to apply, see Working Waters Source Water Initiative website.

The 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks applications (due January 31) to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources. The program helps diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. View the 2017 Request for Proposals for more information.

Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 8, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmental and community organizations, and local, state and federal 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. For more information visit our website at

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