What's New
Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed
Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 8

Final Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) grant awards for WRIA 8 officially approved in December!

South Lake Washington shoreline restoration project completed

Collaborating with Boeing and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just finished a project that should significantly improve juvenile Chinook habitat at the mouth of the Cedar River. Starting last May, workers removed most of a decommissioned flume wall and creosote pilings from the Lake Washington shore directly in front of the Boeing plant. They installed logs to improve habitat, relocated a stormwater outfall to deeper water, pulled invasive blackberries and planted willows. Sand was placed to expand the existing sandy cove, which pre-project monitoring showed was preferred by juvenile Chinook. WSDOT, involved in part as mitigation for the 520 bridge construction, will monitor the site for ten years.

South Lake Washington before and after restoration:

South Lake Washington before restorationSouth Lake Washington after restoration

New multimedia tool tells the story of salmon conservation in WRIA 8

Channel migration along the Cedar RiverTake a virtual tour of salmon restoration projects in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed via a new "story map." WRIA 8, with its unique challenges and range of habitats, has a particularly interesting story to tell, as demonstrated using this cool new tool promoted state-wide by the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office. Check out the story map.

King County completes study of Cedar River channel migration zone: Comments due March 23

Channel migration along the Cedar River King County has completed a study of the Cedar River's channel migration zone (CMZ), which extends from the river's mouth in Renton upstream to Landsburg. Channel migration is the shifting of a river within a river valley, which can undermine houses and roads, wash away property, and threaten lives. The newly identified channel migration areas -- still drafts during public review-- are hazard areas where existing county regulations will apply to land development proposals. Existing regulations will not change.

The draft study and map and other materials can be viewed at: Draft Cedar River Channel Migration Zone study and map. Paper copies are available at the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review in Snoqualmie, the Fairwood Library in Renton, and the Maple Valley Library.

Public comments may be submitted in writing to terry.butler@kingcounty.gov or mailed to Terry Butler, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. For more information about the study, email Terry as above or call 206-477-4660. With questions about the public rule, contact Steve Bottheim at 206-477-0372 or steve.bottheim@kingcounty.gov.

Senator Murray urged Obama Administration to increase salmon recovery funding

Characterizing support for salmon recovery and the restoration of Puget Sound as "critical investments in our economy and our way of life in the Pacific Northwest," Senator Patty Murray applauded President Obama's inclusion in this year's budget proposal of $58 million for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) and $30 million for Puget Sound under EPA's Geographic Programs. Both were increased over last year's proposals. PCSRF funding has faced significant annual cuts in recent years. The funding included in the President's budget proposal provides federal leadership and supports implementation of the Puget Sound Action Agenda, a coordinated plan to recover, restore, and protect the Puget Sound watershed.

SeaTac's stormwater management offers lessons

How does SeaTac Airport -- one of the West's busiest -- deal with stormwater? What is the most contaminated area? (Hint: it's not the runways!) Find out by reading the article, Airport offers a glimpse at tightening stormwater regulations. Learn more about current stormwater research and the effects of pollutants on fish from a compendium of references to recent stormwater research from NOAA (pdf).

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