Habitat restoration starts soon at Squak Valley Park North
May 16, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. May 16, 2010
Crews will start to restore Issaquah Creek habitat at Squak Valley Park North next month.
The lowest construction bid for the project came in almost $100,000 less than engineers had estimated. City officials opened construction bids for the project May 4.
Maple Valley Gardeners submitted the lowest bid — $337,038 to remove a Great Depression-era levee from the park, construct a smaller levee farther from the creek and restore salmon habitat. The completed project should allow the creek to resume a more natural, meandering flow.
On the opposite of the creek from the park sits the Sycamore neighborhood. The park boundaries wedge the Squak Valley Park North against the city limits along the eastern edge.
Crews should complete the project by September. Besides the levee work, workers will add branches and other woody debris to the stream to add habitat for salmon. Crews will also prep the site for native plants to be added in the fall.
Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant the native vegetation at the park. Sign up to volunteer at the greenway website.