APRIL 28, 1997
Salmon study planned
Woodinville is among the Eastside cities who will take part in a study to manage a study of the Lake Washington watershed salmon run. The numbers of sockeye salmon returning to Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish have been declining since the mid-1980s, and the Metropolitan King County Council wants to know why.
King County Councilmembers have unanimously approved an agreement between the county and up to 25 local government jurisdictions in the region to jointly fund and manage a study of the Lake Washington Watershed salmon run. The watershed includes Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, and the major tributaries and creeks that feed both bodies of water. Also, $350,000 was appropriated to help pay for the study through 1999, when it is expected to be complete.
Under the plan, King County and the City of Seattle each will fund approximately one-third of the $1.9 million study over the next three years. Besides Woodinville, the cities of Bellevue, Renton, Mercer Island, Lake Forest Park, Clyde Hill, Beaux Arts, and Medina also will fund a substantial amount of the total cost. The studies will be conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Washington, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation.