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Project description

The Taylor Creek Mitigation Project will restore stream and wetland habitat within the lower reaches of Taylor Creek. The project will demolish all buildings, regrade stream and floodplain areas to emulate historic conditions and install large wood and native plants throughout the property. These actions will result in about ten acres of habitat improvement, five of which will be wetland or stream habitat. The project connects two previous King County restoration sites and will result in a 25 acre riparian corridor with high quality fish and wildlife habitat.

Background

Deforestation, stream channelization, and other land use activities have degraded stream and wetland habitat in the lower reaches of Taylor Creek. These changes have resulted in reduced quantity and quality of spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon, steelhead, cutthroat trout and other fish and wildlife. This project is intended to restore stream and wetland habitat along Taylor Creek and to provide mitigation credits for King County’s Mitigation Reserves Program.

This project reach was identified as a high priority area for habitat restoration in the Cedar River Basin and Non-point Pollution Action Plan. Since that planning effort, several projects have been implemented in this reach to restore the stream and floodplain. This project ties two of those projects together and is consistent with and complimentary to them. This project is also consistent with the objectives of the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan, and while this project is not directly referenced in the WRIA 8 Plan, implementation will result in benefits for Chinook and coho salmon habitat.

Point of contact

Primary point of contact (project manager) -- Dan Eastman

Project sponsor -- Megan Webb

Vicinity map

Taylor Creek Mitigation Project vicinity map
Taylor Creek Mitigation project aerial photo and plan
Project location circled in red

Diagram of proposed project

Taylor Creek Mitigation Project plan diagram
Proposed project areas

Project schedule

Taylor Creek Mitigation Project schedule overview
Stakeholder outreach Ongoing
30% design plans complete Nov. 2017
Draft 60% desing plans and permit apps Mar. 2018
Final stakeholder input to design 2nd qtr 2018
60% plans complete Jul. 2018
Final plans complete Jan. 2019
Procurement of construction contract Spring 2019
Construction Summer 2019

 

For more information about King County’s Mitigation Reserves Program, please contact Megan Webb, Program Manager (in the Water & Land Resources Division’s Rural and Regional Services Section).