Environmentalists wait to learn fate of Lake Sammamish kokanee

February 23, 2010

Hans Berge, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks biologist, holds kokanee salmon retrieved from Lewis Creek during a restoration project. Contributed

Conservationists continue to await a decision by the federal government about the status of the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — years after rules required the federal government to act.

Environmentalists and local government officials estimate the population of adult kokanee at a few hundred. Before a species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, the animal or plant must be placed on the federal list of threatened endangered species.

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County Council urges protection for Lake Samm kokanee

July 7, 2009

Conservationists seeking to protect threatened Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon received a boost last week from King County leaders. Read more

On the water with a master canoe carver / June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

Community points out flaws in hatchery plans

September 19, 2008

A roomful of concerned community members left with more questions than answers Sept. 11 after representatives from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife tried to explain their plans for altering operations at the Tokul Creek Hatchery in Fall City.

In an effort to bolster the wild steelhead population in the Snoqualmie River, department officials want to essentially sequester the hatchery-raised steelhead away to the Skykomish River.

The crowd of more than 100 community members at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery were nearly in total agreement this was a bad idea that has not been thoroughly thought out, even those who agreed the wild steelhead population did need to be replenished.

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