Northwest NEWS

September 20, 1999


Take the Watershed Journey

   Local residents have an opportunity to learn how they are connected to all living things within a watershed by attending the Watershed Journey seminars and field trips offered by the King County Water and Land Resources Division in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium and the City of Issaquah.

   Wednesday evening Watershed Journey seminars are offered though Nov. 3. Related field trips and volunteer habitat restoration events are slated for Saturdays from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6.

   Naturalists, historians, and ecologists will present information at the four seminars entitled: Beyond the Beach, the Importance of Puget Sound Shorelines; Floods and Floodplains: More Than Meets the Eye; Challenges of Restoration; Salmon Today and Tomorrow. Take in any or all of the Wednesday seminars and then spend Saturday planting trees, spotting spawning salmon, or touring a watershed.

   The Wednesday, Sept. 29 presentation, Floods and Floodplains: More Than Meets the Eye, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Speakers will explain how floods and floodplains shape habitat and human history.

   A "hands-on" tour of the Snoqualmie Valley is set for Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Space is limited, so people are advised to sign up early by calling (206) 296-1951.

   The Wednesday, Oct. 13 lecture is entitled Challenges of Restoration and will include information about restoration efforts and examples of stream and wetland projects in King County. The presentation is from 6:30-9 p.m. at the First Stage Theater, 120 Front Street N., Issaquah.

   The final Watershed Journey lecture, Salmon Today and Tomorrow, is Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It will include information about the salmon life cycle and habitat needs, the status of local salmon stocks under the Endangered Species Act, and what people can do to help to protect salmon. It will be at the Carco Theater, 1717 Maple Valley Highway, Renton.

   The following Saturday, Nov.6, the public is invited to spot salmon in the Cedar River with help from volunteer naturalists who are part of the Cedar River Salmon Journey.

   Call (206) 296-9354 for details.