Northwest NEWS

August 9, 1999

Local News

Volunteers needed for salmon count

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The City of Woodinville has formed a Salmon Task Force to support ongoing efforts by several agencies from the Puget Sound region to protect and restore our salmon runs. The Task Force aims to manage an effective City of Woodinville response to federal endangered species listings and a regional need for protection and enhancement of salmon habitat.

   The Task Force encourages citizen participation in the Salmon Watch Program, which will offer three training workshops next month: Thur., Sept. 2; Thur., Sept. 9; and Tue., Sept. 14. Volunteers would attend one of those workshops, learning salmon identification and signing up for observation locations.

   The Salmon Watch Program started in 1996. It is sponsored by an alliance of the State Fish and Wildlife Dept., Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, King County Water and Land Resources Division, Bellevue Stream Team, Redmond Stream Team, Snohomish County Surface Water Management, and the Cities of Issaquah, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Woodinville.

   The program was designed to record where salmon spawn in the Lake Washington system and to locate barriers to spawning. Fish managers need to know where and when salmon spawn to determine how construction projects should be designed for minimal impact on streams, lakes, and other natural resources that support salmon. They also need to discover and remove unnatural barriers to spawning habitat. Scientists also need to know how far up particular streams and tributaries salmon travel.

   Woodinville's Salmon Task Force is chaired by City Council member Barbara Solberg and City staff member Deborah Knight. It includes Planning Commissioners Terry DePolo and Gareth Grube, Parks & Recreation Director Lane Youngblood, Parks Commissioner Carol Schmidt, City Community Development Director Ray Sturtz and Stephanie Cleveland and Debra Crawford of his staff, City Manager Pete Rose, and Public Works Dept. staffers Yosh Monzaki, Dan Beck, and Patrick Lynch. City Councilmember Marsha Engel and Parks Commissioner Kari Powers serve as alternates.

   For training workshop information, volunteers should call Susan at 425-452-6932. For questions about Woodinville's Salmon Task Force, call Deborah Knight at 489-2700, ext. 285.