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King County hosting meetings June 12 and 13 on use of large wood in river projects

Summary

Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at public meetings scheduled for June 12 and June 13 in Issaquah and Renton.

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King County project managers will discuss how large wood is used in river and stream projects to reduce flood risks and improve habitat at two public meetings in June.

Meetings covering the same subject matter are scheduled from 3-5 p.m. on June 12 at the Issaquah Fish Hatchery located at 125 W. Sunset Way in Issaquah and 6-8 p.m. on June 13 at the Riverbend Club House located at 17410 S.E. Renton-Maple Valley Rd. in Renton. 

King County uses large wood to redirect river currents and prevent erosion in levee repair and flood risk-reduction projects, many of which are funded by the King County Flood Control District. The County also uses large wood to improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

Presentations will include descriptions, schedules and impacts of several projects currently in the planning stage that include placing or recruiting large wood in rivers. Among the projects to be discussed:
 
  • Cedar River Basin: Riverbend Floodplain Restoration Project.
  • Snoqualmie River Basin: San Souci Floodplain Restoration Project, Si View Levee Repair Project, Shake Mill Left Bank Repair Project, Lower Tolt River Adaptive Management Plan and three small levee repairs along the lower Tolt River.
  • Green/Duwamish River Basin: Lones Levee Setback Project, Gaco-Western Levee Repair and Setback Project.

Small projects on streams with light recreational use – Taylor Creek and Middle Boise Creek – will also be discussed. 

Residents, project neighbors, environmental professionals, river safety advocates and recreation enthusiasts are encouraged to attend either of the two meetings to learn about these projects, ask questions and make comments. 

For more information, contact Laird O’Rollins of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Water and Land Resources Division at laird.orollins@kingcounty.gov or at 206-477-4790, or visit kingcounty.gov/wlr and follow the link to the “large wood” page.

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The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County.  The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at kingcountyfloodcontrol.org/.