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Here are the 2022 Federal and State legislative priorites for WRIA 8.

Synthesis of Best Available science: Temperature and Dissolved Oxygen Conditions in the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Impacts on Salmon by Lauren Urgenson, WRIA 8 Technical Coordinator; Josh Kubo and Curtis DeGasperi, King County.

2021 Salmon Recovery Conference DEI Presentation

WRIA 8 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee Co-coordinators, Lauren Urgenson and Carla Nelson presented the body of work developed by the DEI Subcommittee at the Salmon Recovery Conference on Thursday, April 29, 2021 under the Human Dimensions Session.

This is full session includes:

Water-Sustainable Food: How We Can Eat Our Way to Healthier Streams, Equitable Agriculture & Climate Resilient Communities by Emily Dick from Washington Water Trust.

Building a Movement for Local Conservation Corps Jobs in Restoration by Jill Silver from 10,000 Years Institute.

WRIA 8 2020 Progress Report


This 2020 WRIA 8 Progress Report provides the status of the watershed’s two Chinook populations (Cedar River and Sammamish River) since 2005 and documents the baseline conditions for new habitat restoration goals established as part of the 2017 update to the WRIA 8 Plan.  

2021 Legislative Priorities for Puget Sound Watershed Health and Salmon Recovery

WATCH: Virtual Tour for Legislators of Cedar River Floodplain Restoration


SEE salmon safely in King County in 2020!

It's Salmon SEEson again! Safely stop by or virtually visit our suggested salmon viewing sites this fall to catch sight of salmon returning home to spawn. Please remember to recreate responsibly!


About the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8)

Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 8, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmentalists and 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.

Salmon recovery in WRIA 8 is organized around the needs of two distinct chinook populations - Cedar River and Sammamish River - as well as the migratory and rearing corridors used by those populations. While particular actions may differ among those recovery areas, certain theme hold true throughout the watershed. For example, watershed-wide priorities include protecting forests, reducing impervious surfaces, managing stormwater flows, protecting and improving water quality, conserving water and protecting and restoring vegetation along streambanks.

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