Northwest NEWS

November 15, 1999

Front Page

City of Woodinville initiates Chinook salmon education with task force

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The City of Woodinville's Salmon Task Force will soon display a series of educational boards in various public places, to heighten citizen awareness of the 1999 listing of Chinook salmon as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

   The first board design will explain the ESA and how it relates to salmon and riparian vegetation in the Sammamish watershed, which includes the Sammamish River, Little Bear Creek, and Tributary 90, Woodinville's primary waterways. Chinook salmon spawn in the Sammamish River and Little Bear Creek. Deer, beavers, otters, and various birds and fish species live within those waterways.

   The second board design gives tips on how every citizen can help conserve the salmon and their habitat. The City will place the boards around town sometime in December. The Parks Dept. has developed a salmon education kit to help teachers inform students about salmon issues.

   An example of tips from the kit: help save salmon lives by washing cars at automatic car wash businesses that dispose of the detergent and oily water; rather than contribute to approximately 200 million pounds of pollutants that drain into rivers each year through storm drains on community streets.

   For more information about the Salmon Task Force, the educational boards, or salmon kits, call Salmon Task Force Co-Chair Deborah Knight at 489-2700, ext. 285, or e-mail her at debrak@woodinville-city.com.