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

Seattle wins Green Globe award for Mapes Creek project

Lower Mapes Creek Congratulations to Seattle Public Utilities and the City's Parks and Recreation Department! At Olympic Sculpture Park on April 20th, King County gave representatives from the two agencies a Green Globe award for their work daylighting Lower Mapes Creek and restoring the creek mouth where it enters Lake Washington in South Seattle. The project improves both juvenile salmon habitat and park amenities in an underserved neighborhood. Learn about all the winners of these biennial awards.

Join Kokanee Work Group on Fry Day

kokanee conservationJoin youth, kokanee conservation leaders and other supporters to celebrate the little red fish that could on Friday, April 24th! This sixth annual kokanee fry release begins at noon at the Hans Jensen Area of Lake Sammamish State Park. Parking is limited, so please carpool, arrive early and bring your boots! Questions? Contact Heather Van Dorn or call 303-803-5323. Learn more about kokanee (including video from the new kokanee cam).

Save the date! Bear Creek Restoration event

Don't miss this chance to celebrate the grand opening of this ambitious multi-year salmon restoration project that relocated the lower 3500 feet of Bear Creek away from State Route 520. Join the festivities on Thursday, May 14 at 5 PM on the Bear Creek Trail next to 168th Avenue NE and Bear Creek Parkway. For more information, contact Mike Haley or Roger Dane.

Turning Sand Point green

At the March 19 WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council meeting, NOAA's Mike Grady discussed plans to improve the sustainability of the agency's campus at Sand Point. Check out his presentation to learn how NOAA hopes to create a demonstration project that restores shoreline habitat, removes stormwater pollutants, and reduces fossil fuel use while saving lots of money!

How are the fish doing?

At the same meeting, WRIA 8 Technical Coordinator Scott Stolnack summarized "fish in/fish out" information for the watershed, presenting monitoring results on fish abundance, productivity, distribution and diversity. See all the details in the presentation.

State salmon fisheries set for 2015

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and treaty tribal co-managers finalized Washington's salmon fishing seasons on April 15, hoping to protect wild salmon while providing fishing opportunities on healthy stocks. Due to expected weaker returns of wild and hatchery chinook to Puget Sound this year, those fisheries will be adjusted, though there should be good fishing for other salmon species. See the website for more information.

News of note

While this year's low snowpack may not mean water shortages for Cedar River waters users per se, it will likely have other impacts. Learn more at the Crosscut article.

Nicknamed "the blob" last summer, persistent warm water in the North Pacific raises concerns about effects on salmon and other swimming creatures.

Upcoming conferences

Salmon Recovery Conference
You do not want to miss the fifth biennial Washington State Salmon Recovery Conference, coming up May 27-29 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, WA. Expanding from two to three days this year, presentations will highlight what has worked in salmon recovery, what could have worked better, and how to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of projects, habitat restoration, and hatchery reform.

Attend the GoGreen Seattle Conference at Seattle's Conference Center on April 30th for half price! Use the code KINGCOUNTY15 when you register online to get 50% off this conference on sustainability for business and government.

NAME Conference
The 2015 Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) conference, this year titled One Place, Many Voices: Celebrating our Local Waters, will be held July 20-24 at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Salish Sea 2016
And it's not too early to save the date -- April 13-15, 2016 -- for next year's Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver, BC!

Grant opportunities

Patagonia offers grants to non-profits through their World Trout Initiative, which supports projects that restore and protect native fish species. Applications are accepted year-round at stores and twice yearly at headquarters. The next deadline is April 30.

Every Day Grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation (with support from Toyota) provide "friends groups" with up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Proposals for the summer cycle are due April 30.

Other items of interest

State of the Salmon in Watersheds report
Take a look at the 2014 State of the Salmon in Watersheds report -- the eighth biennial– if you haven't yet. The updated site brings together current data on fish and watershed health. Click on "Salmon Stories" to see engaging "story maps" about salmon recovery work in watersheds around the state, including our own WRIA 8.

Clean Water Act
Arbor Day As required by the national Clean Water Act, the Department of Ecology has updated its 303(d) list of polluted rivers, lakes and streams in Washington, and it's available for public review until May 15.

Being Green
Enter King County's "Being Green" photo contest! Show how you are going green for Earth Month and win Marymoor Park concert tickets!

Arbor Day
In honor of Arbor Day on April 24, check out the Arbor Day Foundation's interactive web image that shows how tree cover helps "tame" stormwater.