City purchases creekside land to protect salmon habitat

January 8, 2013

By Staff

City leaders agreed to spend $380,000 last month to purchase 3.9 acres along Issaquah Creek and connect municipal parks.

The parcel, the Stacy-Flewell property at 10029 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., is between Squak Valley Park and Squak Valley Park North. The acquisition should protect the habitat along the creek and enable the city to extend creek restoration work at Squak Valley Park North.

City Council members decided to proceed during a closed-door executive session Nov. 5 and then agreed to complete the purchase in a public meeting Dec. 3.

The acquisition is the latest effort to preserve habitat, restore salmon and reduce the flooding risk in the area between Issaquah Creek and Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast. Past efforts include major projects to remove a Depression-era levee from the creek bank and plant hundreds of trees in the floodplain.

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