August 27, 2013
With the Issaquah Creek dam renovation falling behind schedule, trucks will take spawning salmon upstream.
For a number of reasons, some vague, the project completion date has been pushed back from Sept. 15 to sometime in early to mid-October. That will heavily interfere with the spawning run of returning chinook and coho salmon. As a contingency, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery workers will gather the fish, truck them to a point beyond the construction and return them to the creek.
August 27, 2013
July 23, 2013
Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will host an informational and fundraising meeting July 26.
In an attempt to outline a newly launched project, FISH invites the public to learn about replacing the aquarium exhibit in the entrance to the hatchery.
July 16, 2013
Volunteer organization Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery looks to replace an exhibit aquarium and is holding a fundraising meeting July 26.
In the public entryway to the hatchery, an aquarium gave an underwater view of the spawned salmon. After the old aquarium sat on display for more than 10 years, the hard-working docents who give their time to educate the community determined that it would be better for hatchery tours if the tank were replaced.
“It was just a real chore to keep the aquarium clean,” FISH Executive Director Jane Keuchle said. “Volunteers discovered that the whole thing needs to go. Then, they got this idea to make it like Issaquah Creek.”
July 9, 2013
In its continued attempt to found a “green necklace,” surrounding Issaquah with parks, the city announced another purchase of open space June 19.
Almost 2 acres of undeveloped land were bought by the city for $850,000. Described in the Parks & Recreation Department as the Pritt Property, the land is at the corner of Northwest Juniper Street and Fifth Place Northwest, bordering Issaquah Creek.
Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said that the land would be used in accordance with the city’s desire to create protected park space.
April 23, 2013
April 2, 2013
Overhaul on a 60-year-old dam in Issaquah Creek required an easement of land ownership from the City Council at its March 18 meeting.
Working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2007, the city has mapped out most of the logistics in turning an aging, uninviting water maintenance tool into an accessible fish ladder that still diverts the water needed for the nearby stated-owned hatchery. Through past natural damage and structural weakness, the dam is in critical need of attention.
March 5, 2013
Construction is under way at the downtown parks along Issaquah Creek, and amenities should open to the public in June.
The construction site — a 15.5-acre expanse often referred to as the crown jewel in the municipal parks system — encompasses the interconnected Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks across Rainier Boulevard North from Darigold.
The parks converge on former farmland at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Crews started work at the site early last month.
January 29, 2013
The leadership atop the City Council shifted in early January, as the group chose a longtime councilman to lead the council again.
In unanimous decisions Jan. 7, council members chose Fred Butler for the top spot on the board, council president, and Paul Winterstein to serve in the No. 2 position, deputy council president.
The council did not nominate other contenders for either position.
Issaquah voters elected Butler to the council in 1999. Since 2009, he has served as deputy council president after earlier serving as council president.
January 29, 2013
The state Department of Ecology approved King County rules for development near shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, county and state officials announced Jan. 17.
The plan, or shoreline master program, is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide.