Northwest NEWS

November 5, 2001

Local News

Sammamish River restoration meeting

WOODINVILLE - A comprehensive plan to restore and protect habitat for salmon and other wildlife along the Sammamish River will be reviewed with the public on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Woodinville City Hall, Council Chambers, 17301 133rd Avenue NE.
   Woodinville, Redmond, Bothell, Kenmore and King County will host an open house beginning at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with a 20-minute slide show presentation on the plan. The public can then make comments and ask questions about the plan.
   The Sammamish River Corridor Action Plan has been developed over the past year under the oversight of an interjurisdictional committee with membership.
   The plan makes more than 50 recommendations, which are intended to guide the conservation and enhancement of natural resources in the Sammamish River corridor for at least the next five to 10 years. It has a special focus on restoring habitat that would contribute to salmon recovery in the greater Lake Washington watershed and includes recommendations that would benefit birds and wildlife.
   High water temperatures when adult chinook and sockeye salmon are migrating are the most important problem the plan addresses.
   Other priority problems include the river's current lack of channel complexity (including lost connections with wetlands and side channels), degraded riparian areas and floodplain wetlands, low flows, fish passage barriers and poor water quality.
   High priority recommendations include: planting the riverbanks with native vegetation along the entire river corridor; restoring pools where migrating salmon can safely rest; improving the confluences of the river with its major tributaries; restoring selected wetlands; exploring options for reclaimed water to address temperature and flow issues; and protecting cool water inputs from tributaries.
   If you would like to receive information prior to the meeting, contact John Lombard, at (206) 296-8051 or