$800,000 could go to protect Issaquah Creek

July 22, 2014

By Peter Clark

Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.

Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.

The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.

The grant applications represent a regional commitment to protect Issaquah Creek. Of the four approved, Mountains to Sound Greenway submitted two, King County submitted one and the Issaquah City Council submitted one.

Richard Sowa represents the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery at the King County Salmon Recovery Council, which prioritizes finding funding for salmon preservation. He said the grants would greatly help efforts to protect Issaquah Creek.

“I think anyone that has anything to do with the creek knows it’s important,” Sowa said. “Anything we can do it improve it is hugely valuable.”

He credited the city with presenting viable grant applications.

“Issaquah always does such a good job,” Sowa said. “Anything you do to help the creek helps to improve the viability of the salmon.”

The King County Flood Control District will decide Aug. 18 which grants to approve.

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