Groups team to welcome salmon back

September 10, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

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Rain brings fish ladder construction trouble

September 6, 2013

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

Thunderstorms lifted the Issaquah Creek over its construction boundaries Sept. 5.

Work crews on the weir construction to allow for easier fish passage and an updated intake for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery were scrambled late in the night as storm water rose over the temporary dam placed in the creek. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Project Manager Tim Ward said workers had to quickly remove harmful materials before they were swept downstream.

“We did have a high water event,” Ward said. “The upper intake was flooded and every pollutant was pulled out. It was way too much.”

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Confluence Park Opens in Issaquah / Aug. 28, 2013

September 3, 2013

Hatchery to drive salmon upstream due to dam construction delay

August 27, 2013

By Greg Farrar Workmen with SNC-Lavalin place a temporary lateral brace lowered by crane Aug. 16 for permanent sheet pile walls, which will surround the new hatchery water intake structure at Issaquah Creek.

By Greg Farrar
Workmen with SNC-Lavalin place a temporary lateral brace lowered by crane Aug. 16 for permanent sheet pile walls, which will surround the new hatchery water intake structure at Issaquah Creek.

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.

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Issaquah Creek Hatchery Intake Dam Construction / Aug. 22, 2013

August 27, 2013

Learn about FISH plans for aquarium July 26

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.

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Hatchery eyes new aquarium exhibit

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.”

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City purchases more open space

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.

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Kokanee Fry Release To Issaquah Creek / April 19, 2013

April 23, 2013

Council approves easement for dam renovation project

April 2, 2013

Contributed The Issaquah Creek dam, which sits about a half-mile upstream from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and diverts a portion of the water to rearing ponds at the hatchery, is seen in a recent photo.

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The Issaquah Creek dam, which sits about a half-mile upstream from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and diverts a portion of the water to rearing ponds at the hatchery, is seen in a recent photo.

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.

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