September 24, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.
The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.
Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.
September 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2015
Paint a fish and get in the Guinness Book of World Records.
That will be the chance offered to everyone who attends this year’s Salmon Days, Oct. 3-4.
Attendees are invited to stop by artEAST on Front Street, sign in and pick up a paintbrush. You can then use that paintbrush to color in any one of 2,900 numbered fish making up a temporary mural on the back walls of the community art gallery.
September 16, 2015
NEW — 6:25 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
There was a time when Issaquah’s young people ran free all summer — as long as they got their chores done first. At least that was the recollection of Jake Jones Jr., who recorded an oral history that is now in the collections of the Issaquah History Museums.
Jones recalled the summers of the 1890s when he and his half-brother Pierre Joseph Settem went fishing, camping and exploring, and no one knew where they were. At the time, the boys were about 12 and 14 years of age, respectively.
September 16, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2015
The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is asking members and the public for support to maintain its education and community programs throughout Issaquah and surrounding areas.
A FISH membership helps support the mission statement: “To advocate retaining and improving the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and to promote watershed stewardship through education.”
As a FISH member, you receive a great benefits package, according to a news release from the group. Those benefits include:
September 9, 2015
NEW — 5:13 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015
It’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.
Our Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited hatchery in the state.
There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors: Read more
September 6, 2015
NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 6, 2015
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery presents Elected Officials Day to learn about how climate change is impacting salmon and local watersheds.
The free event is from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Watershed Science Center, 125 W. Sunset Way. Elected Officials Day promotes awareness of FISH, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the watershed to our local, regional and state officials.
August 30, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2015
Cascade Water Alliance commended its members and residents for contributing to the region’s collective reduction of its water use by 10 percent in the past two weeks, hitting the goal set by Everett, Seattle and Tacoma.
The regional water suppliers ask customers to continue their efforts to reduce water use to stretch water supplies until the rainy season. Updates on use will be issued every other week.
Cascade and its members — Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila, and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway water and sewer districts — get their drinking water from the Seattle water supply. Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather have significantly increased the demand for water.
July 27, 2015
NEW — 5:15 July 27, 2015
The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is looking for an energetic individual with teaching experience and environmental credentials as its next education coordinator.
The three-quarter time position will remain open until Aug. 2, or until the position is filled. The organization is hoping to hire by Aug. 14.
The education coordinator is responsible for the organization’s educational programs, which include summer camps, preschool classes, science fairs, in-school programs, volunteer trainings, fry releases and outreach events. Successful candidates will have teaching experience with preschool through elementary school-age students and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or teaching. Experience working with nonprofit organizations is preferred.
July 21, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2015
Join the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to discover how the community is working together to protect salmon by restoring creekside habitat, preventing flooding and reducing pollution.
FISH is hosting a free community event at 6:30 p.m. July 22, featuring city Surface Water Manager Kerry Ritland and city environmental science associate Dana Zlateff. Learn how the city and community partners work together to protect salmon.
July 16, 2015
The Washington Foundation for the Environment has awarded Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery a $1,500 grant to help develop curriculum for FISH’s new after middle school program, The Earth Service Corps FISH Ambassadors.