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Year-long school salmon project begins with 'Sammamish Splash'

watching salmon

Parent Cathy Crawford (left) watches as 5th graders point to the migrating salmon in Cottage Lake Creek. From left are Allyson Kolan, Shawn Crawford, Ceraya Amiri, Joey Valazic, Matt Stonich, and Zachary East.
Photo by Dr. Margaret Weidner.

salmon monitoring Students at Hollywood Hill Elementary School traveled to Cottage Lake Creek recently to observe spawning salmon and monitor and investigate the stream and its surroundings.
   The field trip was part of the "Sammamish Splash" project, which has a twofold goal: educating the community served by Hollywood Hill about prevention of nonpoint source pollution, and raising awareness about degradation of the Sammamish River fish habitat. The project is funded in part with a grant from Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team and donations by area businesses.
   "This project will focus on how the behavior and lifestyles of students and their parents affect the water quality of community streams, the Sammamish River, and ultimately the waters of Puget Sound," said Dr. Margaret Weidner, project coordinator and author of the grant.
   A tree- and shrub-planting along the Sammamish River is scheduled for Oct. 17-18. The planting will provide opportunities for families of the Hollywood Hill community to assist with restoration efforts along the Sammamish River. Hollywood Hill Elementary will provide ongoing maintenance of the site to enhance the survival rate of newly-planted shrubs and the trees through September 1997.
   In mid-November, students will tour the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to learn about salmon rearing and to harvest Coho salmon eggs for the school's aquarium project. The eggs will be raised by teams of 6th grade students along with parent volunteers in a 55-gallon aquarium housed in the school foyer. Once raised, the salmon fry will be named and released into the stream by all grade levels. The release is schedule for April.
   "The project is really about making a connection between the individual and the surrounding watershed," said Michele Williams, principal of Hollywood Hill Elementary.
   Community volunteers who made the project possible include: Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team, the City of Woodinville, Clark Productions Incorporated, King County Surface Water Management, Northshore School District, Science Links, Gaia Northwest Inc., First Interstate Bank, Key Bank, U.S Bank, and McLendon Hardware.