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

Cedar River Council celebrates 20 years on May 5

Cedar River Council celebrates 20 years with Larry PhillipsOn an evening memorable for its weather as well as the milestone celebrated, past and current Cedar River Council (CRC) members and staff were honored for their years of service to the Cedar, especially Councilmember Larry Phillips, Cedar champion extraordinaire. With help from CM Phillips' staff and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Peggy Marcus -- and powered solely by generator-- CRC staff Nathan Brown set the stage with a presentation about the Council's history and accomplishments. A tour of the Locks followed amid wind and rain and CM Phillips received a plaque honoring his exceptional efforts to protect the Cedar River for the past two decades.

"Back nine" of Wayne Golf Course now headed for conservation

Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed will sell the 39-acre "back nine" of the Wayne Golf Course to the conservation group Forterra, ending a plan to build luxury homes there. Bothell citizens and others opposed the development, which would have stymied hopes to use this undeveloped stretch of land along the Sammamish River for recreation, public access and salmon restoration. Read about it in The Seattle Times.

Bear Creek restoration project celebration highlights city-state-local collaboration

On May 14, the City of Redmond "cut the ribbon" on its multi-year restoration and relocation of 3,000 feet of lower Bear Creek to improve Chinook habitat. For more information about this project, refer to the fact sheet and Redmond Reporter story.
Bear Creek channel restoration project

Get a handle on knotweed with stem injectors and a free workshop

Knotweed injectorsHave a knotweed problem on your property? King County will loan knotweed stem injectors free to homeowners and land managers who want to control this aggressive weed. Learn how to borrow and use a knotweed injector (PDF) from King County Noxious Weeds Program.

Or attend a free knotweed control workshop on July 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Renton's Maplewood Golf Course. Workshops are free and require registration in advance.

Questions? Contact Justin Bush, King County's Noxious Weeds Program, at 206-477-4760 or justin.bush@kingcounty.gov.

Edmonds marsh - Willow Creek Daylighting ProjectChoosing the route for a free-flowing Willow Creek in Edmonds

City planners and citizens are pondering the best route for Willow Creek as it runs from Edmonds Marsh to Puget Sound. A major restoration project will daylight Willow Creek from an underground pipe and create much-needed salmon access to 28 acres of rare salt marsh rearing habitat, but the best route for fish requires modifications to popular Marina Beach Park. To participate in a July online open house about the project, visit the Marina Beach Online Open house page in July. Read the story from the Everett Herald and get complete project details from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

A new predator may be eating Lake Washington salmon

Fishery managers have been studying predation on salmon by cutthroat, northern pikeminnow, bass and other critters in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish for many years. A new threat is lurking in the waters: walleye, illegally introduced into the system at least a decade ago, may also be significant predators on salmonids there. Walleye could be especially damaging to the Lake Washington sockeye run, since walleye are low-light predators, and may actively target young sockeye rearing in the lake. As yet, there is no clear evidence of walleye reproduction in the lake, but if they do reproduce, it would be another blow to local salmon runs. Habitat loss, flooding and scouring of spawning beds, as well as recently unfavorable ocean conditions, also play a role in reducing numbers of returning salmon.

For more information about predation on salmon in Lake Washington, read the story in The Seattle Times or view the reports on the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed site.

Rainbow Bend on Cedar RiverRainbow Bend video wins award

King County's video about the ambitious Rainbow Bend floodplain restoration (funded in part by WRIA 8) won a Hermes Gold Award from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. The video also aired twice at the Washington Salmon Conference in May: at a workshop on "telling your story," and as part of a session on Floodplains by Design. See the video, Restoring Rainbow Bend: Good for People and Fish.

Salmon Recovery Conference focuses on project successes, lessons learned, new science, and addressing future challenges

Over 750 scientists, fisheries managers, policy makers, education and outreach professionals, and interested citizens gathered in Vancouver, WA for the biannual Washington State Salmon Recovery Conference on May 27-29 to share information, learn from each other, and celebrate salmon recovery efforts in Washington and the greater Pacific Coast. Conference topics ranged from measuring project effectiveness, to hatchery and harvest practices, to telling the salmon recovery story, to managing salmon recovery in a changing climate. Several sessions featured WRIA 8 priority projects, including the Rainbow Bend floodplain restoration project on the Cedar River, Sammamish River Side Channel project in the City of Bothell, and Willow Creek Daylighting and Edmonds Marsh restoration in the City of Edmonds.

Wadeable streamsWadeable stream status and trends report released in April

King County monitored conditions in WRIA 8's small salmon streams between 2010 and 2013 to inform adaptive management actions in the watershed's Salmon Conservation Plan and communicate findings to a range of audiences.  Among other things, the study found that some important salmon recovery areas inside the Urban Growth Area Boundary are at risk of further habitat loss in the short term as development increases and tree cover is lost. Get the details by reading Monitoring for Adaptive Management: Status and Trends of Aquatic and Riparian Habitats in the Lake Washington/Cedar/ Sammamish Watershed (pdf).

Steelhead otolith - courtesy of USGSFish ear bones (otoliths) help researchers track salmon

New research using otoliths – which have a unique growth pattern in each fish -- may help fish scientists figure out where salmon are from and which habitats they use, which in turn can focus restoration efforts.  Listen to the report on KUOW: Using Fish Earbones to Track Salmon.

Funding available through NOAA's Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

BeachNOAA is looking for habitat restoration and conservation proposals that would bolster the resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities in the face of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Typical awards range from $500,000 to $1 million, funded primarily through cooperative agreements. Proposals will be accepted until July 2, 2015. Learn more from NOAA about Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants.