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Salmon and trout topics

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Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration

Final WRIA 7 Salmon Conservation Plan
Snohomish River Basin

Final WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan
Cedar River, Sammamish, Lake Washington

Restoring Rainbow Bend: Good for People and Fish from King County DNRP on Vimeo.

Salmon Habitat Plan Implementation in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9)
Learn what local governments and other partners are doing to protect and restore salmon habitat in the Green/Duwamish River and Central Puget Sound Watershed of southern King County.

WRIA 10 - Salmon Habitat Limiting Factors for the Puyallup River Basin
Outlines the loss of habitat in this basin -- which includes the White River drainage in south King County -- and appraises costs of preserving good habitat, restoring damaged habitat, and and other changes to enable self-sustaining salmon populations.

Puget Sound Partnership (external link)
Public/private group including King County, works to develop an aggressive plan to solve Puget Sound’s most vexing problems.

Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan (external link)
Regional plan to recover threatened Puget Sound salmon stocks developed by the Puget Sound Partnership.

Salmon Safe (external link)
Certifies fish-friendly farms and urban lands for promotional purposes, to influence the restoration of agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can spawn and thrive.

King County Ecological Lands
Look up individual properties protected by King County as open space for their ecological values including salmonid habitat. The natural lands site also provides pictures, location maps and rules for public use.

Guidelines for bank stabilization projects Guidelines for Bank Stabilization Projects
in the Riverine Environments of King County
Guidelines to help scientists and engineers enhance fish and wildlife habitat, reduce local stream velocities, increase the structural integrity and reduce the long-term maintenance costs of bank protection projects.
»See pictures of King County River Projects from our Boaters page.

Soils for salmon Soils for Salmon
A project of the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) designed to increase awareness of soil improvement as a means to support salmon and other species recovery. A goal of Soils for Salmon is for local governments to develop Best Management Practices that conserve native soils and improve disturbed soils.

Habitat restoration projects

  • Habitat restoration projects
    Home page to look up habitat projects in King County, to learn about our programs and to suggest projects.
  • Small Habitat Restoration Program
    A King County group that restores and enhances stream and wetland habitat in small projects throughout the county. The program seeks your suggestions for habitat projects.
  • McElhoe-Pearson Habitat Restoration Project
    Project is planned for summer 2012, restoring the Snoqualmie River channel and reconnecting a high quality wetland to provide off-channel rearing and flood refuge habitat for juvenile salmon.

Climate change and salmon

2015 King County Strategic Climate Action Plan
How King County seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to projected climate change impacts, and embed mitigation and adaptation into county policy decisions. The plan incorporates issues, goals and actions related to salmon recovery and biodiversity.

Fish and Shellfish breakout session results, King County Climate Change Conference
Review a summary report describing anticipated affects of global warming on populations of fish and shellfish in Washington State with proposed adaptation strategies. Also, look up the fish and shellfish session agenda, presentations, and speaker credentials and biographies.

Salmon and trout technical reports

Timing, abundance, and population characteristics of spawning Chinook salmon in the Cedar/Sammamish Watershed

Kokanee documents

Timing, abundance, and population characteristics of spawning Chinook salmon in the Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (Acrobat format)

2000 Bull Trout Surveys (Acrobat format)

Literature Review and Recommended Sampling Protocol for Bull Trout in King County

Salmon Watcher Spawner Survey Reports
Greater Lake Washington Drainage

Habitat Inventory and Assessment of Three Sammamish River Tributaries: North, Swamp, and Little Bear Creeks (Acrobat format)

Salmon viewing

Salmon Watcher Program 
Learn how to identify salmon, look up maps of salmon sightings and find out how to volunteer to be a Salmon Watcher volunteer. Salmon Watchers are volunteers who learn to identify our local salmon species and are stewards of our local creeks. They collect data on fish presence in Lake Washington Watershed streams, learn about healthy habitat, and gain an understanding of regional issues related to salmon conservation. Identification pages show pictures, drawings, and descriptions with spawning seasons for different salmon and trout species:

Salmon SeesonSalmon Seeson : spot the spawners in the Cedar River/Lake Washington watershed this fall!

Spawning Salmon Viewing Sites in King County, Washington

Cedar River Public Boating and Fishing Access 
Find parks, ecological natural areas and boat ramps to access the river for swimming, fishing and boating. Includes lands managed by the City of Renton, King County and City of Seattle.

Related information

Related agencies

News and announcements

Jan. 8, 2016
External article, Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter 
Kokanee return: Third highest spawning run in the last two decades 

Nov 23, 2015
External article, Maple Valley Reporter
Council approves addition of more land to “Green Curtain” 

Nov. 16, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
The late Billy Frank Jr. and Ruckelshaus to receive Medal of Freedom 

Kokanee QuestKokanee Quest: take a kid outdoors
Geocaching around Lake Sammamish

Nov. 19, 2015
External report, KING5 News
'Kokanee cam' broadcasts live under water 

Oct. 8, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Toxic road runoff kills adult coho salmon in hours, study finds

Oct. 8, 2015
External article, KOMO News
Study: Highway runoff kills salmon but filters can help

Oct. 1, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Man swims 55 miles of Duwamish River, finds it’s ‘still alive’ 

Sep. 30, 2015
Recycled water use at 60 Acres Park in Redmond brings relief to salmon, Sammamish River

Sep. 22, 2015
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum OKs $800,000 in salmon habitat protection, restoration grants  

Sep. 19, 2015
External report, KING5
Puget Sound 'S.O.S.' Act announced by congressmen

Sep. 15, 2015
External article, Kent Reporter
Upthegrove plan to restore salmon in Green River moves forward

Sep. 8, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Low levels of oil pollution harm herring, salmon, study finds

Sept. 4, 2015
External article, High Country News
Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters

Sept. 4, 2015
External opinion, Seattle Times
Our salmon are in hot water

Aug. 25, 2015
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Judd Creek restoration project continues

Salmon SEEson 

Aug. 13, 2015
External report, Puget Sound Institute
Could shoreline armoring finally be declining in Puget Sound?  

Jul. 21, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Sammamish residents win ruling to block subdivision near salmon creek 

Jul. 9, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Why the Earth’s past has scientists so worried about sea level rise 

Jul. 5, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
State money to fix salmon-blocking culverts falls far short
A federal judge has told the state that it must find a way to come up with $2.4 billion to repair culverts that are barriers to migrating salmon

Jul. 2, 2015
Fish and wildlife will benefit from habitat improvements along Cedar River

Jun. 29, 2015
External article, AAAS Science
Freshwater fish threatened by acidification 

Jun. 30, 2015
Executive delivers bold new plan to confront climate change after hottest June on record 

Jun. 24, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections in Puget Sound

Jun. 23, 2015
External article, The News Tribune
Acquisition, habitat projects help Puget Sound fish – and people, too 

Jun. 22, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Inaction on climate change would cost billions, major EPA study finds 

Jun. 13, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Large influx of pink salmon this summer in Puget Sound 

Jun. 4, 2015
External article, Grist
Climate forecast for Seattle: warmer and wetter, with a chance of deluge 

May 15, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Fishery managers trying to save Lake Washington sockeye salmon

May 15, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Inslee declares statewide drought emergency 

May 14, 2015
Partnership celebrates completion of major Snoqualmie River habitat restoration project 

May 5, 2015
External report, KIRO TV
Sammamish homeowners fighting development over salmon and traffic concerns

May 2, 2015
External article, Issaquah Reporter
Kokanee release captures local students’ imaginations

May 2, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Sammamish residents say development would add traffic, harm salmon

Apr. 16, 2015
External report, KING 5 News
No chinook season in central Puget Sound this year

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