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Bear Creek Watershed Management Study public meeting March 7, request for public comments

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Attend a March 7 open house and presentation at the Brightwater Education and Community Center in Woodinville on how to manage stormwater in the Bear Creek watershed to protect water quality and public health and how it might impact you and where you live. Learn where to review King County’s draft Bear Creek Watershed Management Study and how to provide comments.

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Save the date for a community meeting on Wednesday, March 7 on the Bear Creek Watershed Management Study. Get a brief overview of the health of the watershed, learn about King County’s recommendations to protect and restore the Bear Creek watershed over the long term and a focused 10-year effort in five high-priority areas, and provide input and comments on the draft watershed management study.

Set for 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Brightwater Education and Community Center, at 22505 S-R 9 SE in Woodinville, the open house will include a presentation about strategies for restoring the Bear Creek watershed, and provide time to answer questions and listen to the community’s comments on the chosen recommendations.

The Bear Creek watershed covers 26 square miles and is important to many Pacific Northwest species. It is also home to nearly 10,000 households, and its population is forecast to grow by approximately 20 percent in the next 24 years. Nearly all the stormwater facilities within the watershed are aging and don’t meet current standards.

The team will share four recommendations to protect and restore the Bear Creek watershed: Updating and building stormwater infrastructure on public lands, rain garden and cistern use on private lands, restoring habitat for fish and animals, and ways for private landowners to take advantage of programs and incentives that will lead to restoring and protecting Bear Creek water quality and providing a healthier environment.

The draft Bear Creek Watershed Management Study and an online forum for comments are available at kingcounty.gov/bearcreekstudy. Comments can be sent to project manager Jeff Burkey at jeff.burkey@kingcounty.gov. A public comment period starts Feb. 21 and ends March 21. The final document will be submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology in early April.

The Bear Creek watershed study is a collaboration with Snohomish County, City of Redmond, City of Woodinville, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. For more information, contact Burkey at 206-477-4658 jeff.burkey@kingcounty.gov.