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!
- Cedar River Stewardship in Action - Seattle Public Utilities received $301,025 ($206,025 from SRFB and $95,000 from PSAR) to expand its ongoing collaboration with Forterra and the King County Noxious Weed Control Program. Working with willing landowners, CSIA controls knotweed and other invasive plant species and restores native plant communities on private property, thus improving riparian habitat for Chinook and other salmonids along the Cedar.
- Riverbend Levee Setback/Removal Preliminary Design - King County received a $255,000 PSAR grant to create preliminary designs for removing or relocating a levee on the Cedar at the recently acquired Riverbend property. The goal of the future restoration project is to reduce channel confinement and connect the floodplain to the river to benefit Chinook, coho, sockeye, and steelhead.
- Willow Creek Daylighting Preliminary Design - The SRFB awarded the City of Edmonds a $157,331 grant for preliminary design work to reconfigure Willow Creek and create a daylighted connection between Edmonds Marsh, a rare remnant barrier estuary, and Puget Sound. This restoration project would benefit juvenile Chinook salmon by providing them access to rearing habitat within the marsh.
- Squire's Landing Park Riparian Restoration - A $70,000 SRFB grant was given to the Sno-King Watershed Council, partnering with the City of Kenmore and Adopt-A-Stream Foundation to initiate restoration of riparian forest habitat at the confluence of the Sammamish River and Swamp Creek. The long term goal of this effort is to restore the habitat-forming processes needed by Chinook salmon â€“ both rearing juveniles and migrating adults.
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:
New multimedia tool tells the story of salmon conservation in WRIA 8
Take 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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).
- Preliminary research proposals due to Washington Sea Grant (WSG) February 26
WSG is seeking proposals to fund research on healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries, resilient communities, or ocean literacy, OR to fund maritime workforce projects. For more information see Washington Sea Grant, 2015 Request for Proposals (pdf).
- March 2 is deadline for Puget Sound Grassroots Grants applications
Funded by pollution mitigation payments, this grant program is intended for smaller, volunteer-driven groups working to protect Puget Sound water quality who may not have experience applying for foundation grants. Learn more about the Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund.
- EPA Environmental Education grant applications due March 6
These grants support locally-focused projects that promote environmental stewardship and provide people with skills they need to protect the environment. For more information, see Environmental Education Local Grants Program Solicitation.
- Apply by April 20 for NEP grants to improve land use management in Puget Sound watersheds
The Washington State Departments of Ecology and Commerce are looking to fund projects that use a landscape-scale approach to improve watershed management and land use decisions. Eligible applicants include local governments, tribal governments, special purpose districts, and non-profit NGO's. See Upcoming 2015 Grant Solicitation for Improving Land Use Management in Puget Sound Watersheds (pdf).