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Lower Green River Tour

Thank you to all the Watershed Ecosystem Forum members and the project sponsors who made it out to the Lower Green River Tour on October 1. It was a great firsthand opportunity to see the exciting projects underway (Downey Farmstead, Lower Russell Rd., Gilliam Creek, Nelson Side Channel, and Riverview Plaza ) to enhance juvenile rearing habitat in this critical section of river. It was fun to see everyone in-person and have a river side lunch and chat. Hopefully we can schedule another tour soon!



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Salmon SEEson Update

Now is a great time to get outside and observe salmon within WRIA 9. Co-manager led spawning surveys are underway as we are approaching the peak of Chinook salmon spawning. This year’s forecast of 3,949 wild Chinook is nearly double the five-year average! The Green River has also seen a strong pink salmon run, with over 120,000 observed in a single day last week in the Middle Green. Check out this YouTube video or, the Salmon SEEson Website for information on salmon viewing locations near you.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Celebrate Duwamish Alive! and Orca Recovery Day – October 16

Get outside and join WRIA 9 partners at one of the many habitat restoration volunteer events in our watershed to help salmon and orcas. Events are scheduled in White Center (King Co.), Herrings House Park (Seattle), Fort Dent (Tukwila), Duwamish Hill (Tukwila), Fenster Park (Auburn), Riverview Park (Kent). For more information on how to sign up for an event near you, please visit Duwamish Alive! and Orca Recovery Day websites.

Registration is open.



Warren King George of Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Warren King George, a historian for the Muckleshoot Tribe, looks from Gas Works Park across Lake Union, an ancient and still vital pathway from inland fresh water to the saltwater sound. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

Building Relationships: Tribal Treaty Rights & Local and State Government Webinar October 27, 11am - 2pm

Explore Tribal treaty rights and the legal relationship between Tribes and state and local governments. Warren King George, Historian for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Preservation Department, will share his perspective on protecting and integrating Tribal cultural legacy, traditional knowledge, and cultural resources into contemporary project decision making. Joe Hovenkotter, Tribal Liaison for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks will share his perspective on working with Tribes, government agencies, and other institutions to ensure Tribal treaty rights are respected. John Brosnan, with King County Stormwater Services, will also provide some context and connections between stormwater management and what we learn. 

Registration is open.



Salmon in the City – Webinar: 10/28, 2:30-4:30pm

Webinar Announcement

Salmon in the City highlights innovations in ecologically sustainable urban design and development that protect water quality and our urban watershed. NOAA Fisheries will present groundbreaking research regarding the impacts of urban stormwater on salmon and watersheds. The event will feature pioneering design collaborations bridging architecture and ecology as well as case studies of projects incorporating Salmon-Safe stormwater design principles. 

Registration is open.



PARTNER UPDATES:

Watercress Creek, City of Enumclaw

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The City of Enumclaw recently replaced two aging 36” diameter culverts at the Battersby Ave crossing of Watercress Creek, a tributary to Newaukum Creek. The new larger 6’H x14’W concrete box culvert was designed to provide both improved flood conveyance and fish passage for coho salmon, winter steelhead, and many other species found in the creek. Streambank areas around the new culvert were planted with riparian vegetation to provide future shading and other ecological benefits. The site has become a habitat feature for pedestrians who utilize the newly added Battersby Ave Trail which also crosses above.



Downey Farmstead, City of Kent

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Work continues on the $9 million Downey Farmstead restoration project, a multi-benefit project expected to increase both rearing habitat capacity and flood storage. Downey phase 4 was completed this summer and removed approximately 17,000 CY of material from the project site. The project has been allocated the funding needed for completion and is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2022. Read the recent article Read the recent article in the Kent Reporter for more information.



Sustainability Ambassadors

Sustainability Ambassadors in collaboration with 14 WRIA 9 partners, kicked off the new school year with an outstanding cohort of middle school and high school Teacher Fellows. Fellows will meet quarterly through the Green Duwamish Watershed Curriculum Design Lab to focus on designing problem-based, place-based curriculum pathways directly aligned with both the Salmon Recovery Plan and the King County Clean Water Healthy Habitats Strategic Plan, the latter intentionally integrated with equity outcomes and climate action. Visit mywater.world to learn more about local case studies. Do you know a school superintendent, a school board member, a principal, or inspired teacher champions who you think should be engaged with this process?  Contact Peter Donaldson Director of Learning.


GRANT AWARDS / FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

King County Flood Control District 2021 Flood Reduction Grant Awards Announced

In mid-September, the Flood Control District approved $10.66 million in Flood Reduction Grant program awards to 34 proposals, including support for salmon habitat projects in Tahlequah Creek (Vashon Island), Massey Creek (Des Moines), Jenkins Cree (Maple Valley), Gilliam Creek (Tukwila), and McSorely Creek (Saltwater State Park/Des Moines). This year, with the FCD reaffirming its commitment to multi-benefit projects, the program included three new grant categories – urban streams, coastal erosion/flooding, and culvert replacement/fish passage. Many salmon stream habitat enhancement projects are eligible in these categories, and we encourage WRIA 9 partner jurisdictions and community organizations to consider this funding opportunity in the future.

EPA Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that up to $3 million in funding for locally focused environmental education grants is now available under the 2021 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program. The 2021 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, preventing future water quality and human health issues, in addition to other environmental topics. Funded projects will increase public awareness of those topics and help participants to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions. Applications due December 6.

 

 



Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 9, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmental and community organizations, and local, state and federal 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 17 local governments in the watershed. For more information visit our website at www.govlink.org/watersheds/9/.

If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in the next WRIA 9 e-newsletter, please email carnelson@kingcounty.gov.