Northwest NEWS

October 22, 2001


Volunteers to provide 'ReLeaf' to Sammamish River, wildlife

Hundreds of boot-clad, shovel-toting volunteers are poised to improve the health of the Sammamish River for the fourth straight autumn.
   Sammamish ReLeaf 2001 is expected to attract more than 600 volunteers who will plant 4,000 native plants, remove invasive weeds and help maintain previous plantings along the river.
   Since Sammamish ReLeaf began three years ago, nearly 3,400 volunteers have planted more than 38,000 native plants alongside the river.
   Sammamish ReLeaf 2001 plantings will take place on:
   Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blyth Park and Horse Creek just off Highway 522, Bothell. Contact Steve Dahl, City of Bothell, (425) 486-7430; or send e-mail to
   The city of Bothell is celebrating National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27 through the Sammamish ReLeaf project.
   Nov. 3 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 60 Acres Park and NE 116th in Redmond.
   Contact for the Redmond project is Polly Freeman at (206) 296-8359 or send e-mail to
   The Sammamish River is the sole migration route for an estimated 60,000 salmon in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish watershed, which has experienced major population growth and development in the last three decades.
   Sammamish River water quality and fish runs have suffered since the 1960s when flood control measures removed shoreline vegetation, wetlands and meanders from the course of the 14-mile-long river.
   Native plants filter rain and storm water, provide food and cover for fish, animals and insects, and shade the water to keep it cool for salmon.
   Sammamish ReLeaf is sponsored by King County and the cities of Bothell, Woodinville and Redmond. Support is also provided by Bellevue Breakfast Rotary, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Rock Bottom Brewery.
   Other supporters include Bigfoot Bagels, Jamba Juice, Tully's Coffee, Waste Management Port-O-Let Division and Willows Lodge.
   Details about all the Sammamish ReLeaf locations are available on the King County Water and Resources Division Web site at:
   Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Call (206) 296-8359.