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King County hosts annual meetings June 9 on the use of large wood in river and habitat projects

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Attend King County's public meeting to learn more about the Snoqualmie, Cedar and Green river projects currently in the design or planning stages.

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Learn more about projects planned by King County that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams, at either of two meetings scheduled for June 9 on Mercer Island.

Meetings covering the same subject matter are scheduled for 3-5 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island. Each meeting will include a presentation and open house session with project managers.

King County uses large wood in river projects to redirect flows away from erosion-prone river banks; as part of a levee repair or flood-risk reduction projects; and to improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

Presentations will include descriptions, schedules and impacts of these seven projects currently in the design or planning stages that include placing or naturally recruiting large wood in rivers:

  • Snoqualmie River – Winkelman Revetment Reconstruction Project on the Snoqualmie River;
  • Cedar River – Elliott Bridge Reach Off-Channel Habitat and Floodplain Reconnection;
  • Green River – Fenster-Wallace-Cook Large Wood Addition on the Green River; and
  • Small creek/stream projects – Harris Creek Fish Passage Project and the Klapp Property Restoration; Scott Property, Judd Creek Habitat Enhancement Project; and Clough Creek Off-Channel Sediment Pond.

Residents interested in flood risk reduction, habitat restoration, or river recreation and safety are encouraged to attend either of the two meetings to learn about these projects, ask questions or make comments.

More information is available by contacting Laird O’Rollins of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Water and Land Resources Division, laird.orollins@kingcounty.gov, 206-477-4790 or kingcounty.gov/rivers.