City receives $600,000 grant for creek restoration

December 17, 2013

By Staff

The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership recently awarded more than $42 million in grants to organizations in the state for projects that restore and protect salmon habitat, helping bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

Issaquah was awarded a $600,000 grant to restore Issaquah Creek at Confluence Park.

The city of Issaquah will use the grant to restore about a quarter-mile of salmon habitat at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and East Fork Issaquah Creek. Workers will remove hardened creek banks and floodplain fill; reconfigure the channel; place logjams, large logs and tree root wads in the creeks; create off-channel habitat; remove invasive plants; and replant native trees and bushes on 2.3 acres along the creeks.

The work will be done in Confluence Park, a 15.5-acre park being developed largely as open space, with stream restoration a major feature of the adopted master site plan. The project will restore spawning, rearing, food production and refuge habitat available for chinook salmon, which are listed as threatened with the risk of extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act, as well as for coho, sockeye and kokanee salmon.

The city will contribute $120,000 of its own funds to the project.

Learn more and see photographs of the project at http://1.usa.gov/19mmc9O.

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