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Salmon and trout topics

Salmon and trout topics

salmon logoRecovery

Environmental indicators for aquatic biota
Learn about the state of King County’s fish populations, key factors influencing them, King County actions and how you can help.

Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration

Final WRIA 7 Salmon Conservation Plan
Snohomish River Basin

Final WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan
Cedar River, Sammamish, Lake Washington

Restoring Rainbow Bend: Good for People and Fish from King County DNRP on Vimeo.

Salmon Habitat Plan Implementation in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9)
Learn what local governments and other partners are doing to protect and restore salmon habitat in the Green/Duwamish River and Central Puget Sound Watershed of southern King County.

WRIA 10 - Salmon Habitat Limiting Factors for the Puyallup River Basin
Outlines the loss of habitat in this basin -- which includes the White River drainage in south King County -- and appraises costs of preserving good habitat, restoring damaged habitat, and and other changes to enable self-sustaining salmon populations.

Puget Sound Partnership (external link)
Public/private group including King County, works to develop an aggressive plan to solve Puget Sound’s most vexing problems.

Draft Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan (external link)
Regional plan to recover threatened Puget Sound salmon stocks, submitted in June, 2005 to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The road to salmon recovery
Overview of King County road projects designed to improve salmon habitat.

Salmon Safe (external link)
Certifies fish-friendly farms and urban lands for promotional purposes, to influence the restoration of agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can spawn and thrive.

King County Ecological Lands
Look up individual properties protected by King County as open space for their ecological values including salmonid habitat. The natural lands site also provides pictures, location maps and rules for public use.

Guidelines for bank stabilization projects Guidelines for Bank Stabilization Projects
in the Riverine Environments of King County
Guidelines to help scientists and engineers enhance fish and wildlife habitat, reduce local stream velocities, increase the structural integrity and reduce the long-term maintenance costs of bank protection projects.
»See pictures of King County River Projects from our Boaters page.

Soils for salmon Soils for Salmon
A project of the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) designed to increase awareness of soil improvement as a means to support salmon and other species recovery. A goal of Soils for Salmon is for local governments to develop Best Management Practices that conserve native soils and improve disturbed soils.

Habitat restoration projects

  • Habitat restoration projects
    Home page to look up habitat projects in King County, to learn about our programs and to suggest projects.
  • Small Habitat Restoration Program
    A King County group that restores and enhances stream and wetland habitat in small projects throughout the county. The program seeks your suggestions for habitat projects.
  • McElhoe-Pearson Habitat Restoration Project
    Project is planned for summer 2012, restoring the Snoqualmie River channel and reconnecting a high quality wetland to provide off-channel rearing and flood refuge habitat for juvenile salmon.

Climate change and salmon

King County Climate Change Plan
How King County seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to projected climate change impacts, and embed mitigation and adaptation into county policy decisions. The plan incorporates issues, goals and actions related to salmon recovery and biodiversity.

Fish and Shellfish breakout session results, King County Climate Change Conference
Review a summary report describing anticipated affects of global warming on populations of fish and shellfish in Washington State with proposed adaptation strategies. Also, look up the fish and shellfish session agenda, presentations, and speaker credentials and biographies.

Salmon and trout technical reports

Timing, abundance, and population characteristics of spawning Chinook salmon in the Cedar/Sammamish Watershed

Kokanee documents

Timing, abundance, and population characteristics of spawning Chinook salmon in the Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (Acrobat format)

2000 Bull Trout Surveys (Acrobat format)

Literature Review and Recommended Sampling Protocol for Bull Trout in King County

Salmon Watcher Spawner Survey Reports
Greater Lake Washington Drainage

Habitat Inventory and Assessment of Three Sammamish River Tributaries: North, Swamp, and Little Bear Creeks (Acrobat format)

Salmon viewing

Salmon Watcher Program 
Learn how to identify salmon, look up maps of salmon sightings and find out how to volunteer to be a Salmon Watcher volunteer. Salmon Watchers are volunteers who learn to identify our local salmon species and are stewards of our local creeks. They collect data on fish presence in Lake Washington Watershed streams, learn about healthy habitat, and gain an understanding of regional issues related to salmon conservation. Identification pages show pictures, drawings, and descriptions with spawning seasons for different salmon and trout species:

Salmon SeesonSalmon Seeson : spot the spawners in the Cedar River/Lake Washington watershed this fall!

Spawning Salmon Viewing Sites in King County, Washington

Cedar River Public Boating and Fishing Access 
Find parks, ecological natural areas and boat ramps to access the river for swimming, fishing and boating. Includes lands managed by the City of Renton, King County and City of Seattle.

Related information

Related agencies

News and announcements

Jan. 22, 2015
External article, Sightline Daily
Rain gardens could make runoff safe for salmon

Jan. 2015
External release, NOAA
Research finds woody debris benefits fish

Jan. 9, 2015
King County and The Trust for Public Land complete preservation of Squak Mountain for public use

Restoring Rainbow Bend: Good for People and Fish video (Vimeo)

Dec. 22, 2014
External release, UBC
Heart problems triggered by climate change could devastate Chinook salmon stocks

Dec. 10, 2014
External article, Seattle P-I
Salmon, other marine species will move north as water warms

Dec. 2, 2014
Executive Constantine thanks EPA for landmark decision that enables Superfund cleanup of Lower Duwamish to move forward 

Nov. 18, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Filtering rain runoff reduces its threat to salmon, study suggests

Salmon SEEson

Oct. 7, 2014
External Report, KPLU
Back In Lake Washington, Chinook Stop Feeding, Rely On Smells To Find Way Home audio

Oct. 1, 2014
External article, Yakima Herald
Proposed water quality rule tied to fish consumption

Sep. 16, 2014
King County seeks public’s help in curbing spread of invasive New Zealand mudsnails

Sep. 8, 2014
Executive Constantine, Mayor Murray announce Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy

Sep. 2, 2014
Help keep tabs on native salmon this fall as a King County Salmon Watcher Program volunteer
Free training sessions offered in Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, Woodinville

Jul. 15, 2014
External editorial, Issaquah Press
Kokanee work group does important work

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

June 12, 2014
External article, BBC
Study: Deforestation leaves fish undersized and underfed

May 16, 2014
External column, Seattle Times
Protect water and health by updating state’s fish-consumption rate

Apr. 29, 2014
External article, Issaquah Press
Sally Jewell announces watershed partnership

Dec. 12, 2013
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County and eight mayors join in call for bold state action on climate change

Dec. 10, 2013
Major flood protection project completed along Green River

Funding Available for Forest Landowners to Remove Fish Barriers

Dec. 5, 2013
Marine habitat restoration work in Green-Duwamish watershed key to chinook recovery

Nov. 5, 2013
External, NW Public Radio
Snowpack, Sea Level, And Wildlife Main Climate Change Risks In The Northwest audio

Sep 26, 2013
External opinion, Seattle Times
Guest: Stop fish kills, restore salmon run on White River

Jun. 12, 2013
Northwest coal terminals: Executive Constantine's letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (pdf)

May 12, 2013
External article, USA Today
Study: Climate change will cut habitats by 2080

Apr. 26, 2013
Earth Week Sammamish kokanee release caps off strong year for ‘little red fish’
Partners in Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group join with area students in juvenile fish release on recently rehabilitated Ebright Creek

Mar. 31, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Tribes' salmon court win may go way beyond $1B in culvert repairs

Mar. 29, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Judge orders Wash. to fix culverts blocking salmon

Jan. 23, 2013
External article, Sightline Daily
A Real Fish Tale

Jan. 7, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Lake Washington sockeye topic of Tuesday meeting

Nov. 27, 2012
External article, Crosscut
State unveils ideas on tackling ocean acidification

Nov. 25, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Sea changes harming ocean now could someday undermine marine food chain

Nov. 17, 2012
External report, KOMO News
Many happy returns: East side creek again brims with salmon video

Nov. 6, 2012
External article, Issaquah Press
Darigold donates water for Lake Sammamish kokanee

Nov. 5, 2012
External report, KING5 News
State adopts rules for manufacturers of vehicle brakes video

Oct. 5, 2012
External article, Renton Patch
Salmon Return to Renton's Cedar River

Oct. 4, 2012
External photos, Seattle Times
Thousands of salmon return to Issaquah Creek

DNRP Performance Measures, King County, WashingtonIndicators for Aquatic Biota in King County, Washington

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