A $70,000 SRFB grant was given to the Sno-King Watershed Council, partnering with the City of Kenmore and Adopt-A-Stream Foundation to initiate restoration of riparian forest habitat at the confluence of the Sammamish River and Swamp Creek. The long term goal of this effort is to restore the habitat-forming processes needed by Chinook salmon – both rearing juveniles and migrating adults.
There are a lot of watershed and salmon recovery groups in Puget Sound. Did you ever wonder what they all do, and how they inter-relate? Maybe only if you are already part of a group. This somewhat technical report from Puget Sound Partnership lays it all out. Follow the link below:
Stormwater Activism 101
How to Report Construction Stormwater Violations
By: William Lider, PE, CESCL
Construction Stormwater Runoff:
Stormwater runoff from developed commercial and residential sites can carry pollutants that are harmful to our streams and the aquatic organisms that rely on clean water. But developments under construction can generate even heavier pollutant loads than would ever occur from the completed project.
Sediment and turbid water runoff from construction sites can destroy fish spawning redds, abrade fish gills, shade out sunlight, and deliver a host of other pollutants such as naturally occurring phosphorus, metals in the soils or petroleum product spilt by leaking or improperly maintained construction equipment, or high pH from concrete cutting and wash water. All of these are harmful to aquatic organisms and prohibited under the federal Clean Water Act, that is enforced by the Department of Ecology in the State of Washington.
Read more including how to report here…
From the Seattle Times online:
Filtering rain runoff reduces its threat to salmon, study suggests
Stormwater runoff that results from everyday activities — oils from leaky cars, pesticides from lawns and other pollutants — killed fish within four hours in a recent study. The salmon were fine when the same water was filtered through a simple mixture of gravel, sand and compost.
(From King 5 news)
BURIEN, Wash. – A new storm water cleaning system in Burien is working to clear the Puget Sound of toxins and is being used as an example for other communities in the region.
Storm water runoff is responsible for roughly 80% of the toxic pollution found in the Puget Sound, according to the Washington Environmental Council. Officials say that number can be reduced drastically by naturally cleaning water before it makes its way down stream.
From My Edmonds News…
By a unanimous 6-0 vote, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night agreed to recommend a 100-foot interim setback be incorporated into the state-required Shoreline Master Program. City staff is preparing to submit the state-required Shoreline Master Program update to the Department of Ecology, and one of the questions that has been raised in previous discussions is how much of a buffer is sufficient to protect the marsh.
Both Keeley O’Connell and Val Stewart, who have been active in efforts to promote restoration of the Edmonds Marsh, said after the meeting they believe the recommended 100-foot setback, which includes a 50-foot vegetative buffer, is a positive step.
The Citizen Action Training School is a civic engagement and watershed and marine ecology program that will train future community leaders to support Puget Sound recovery efforts locally and regionally.
NEW: Now accepting applications for Olympic Peninsula and Everett CATS sessions! Applications are due 8/18 for Olympic Peninsula CATS and 9/5 for Everett CATS.
“Raptors On the Wing”
at the Northwest Stream Center
Want to see a very large Golden Eagle “up close and personal?” Curious why Great Horned owls are referred to as “Tiger Owls?” What does the screech of a Barn Owl sound like? Did you know that there is an owl the size of a robin? What does a Barred Owl really look like? What hawk cry is used by Hollywood as the “scream of an eagle?”
On Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm at the auditorium of the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park (600 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208), you can learn answers to these questions and much much more. Kestrel SkyHawk of the Sarvey Wildlife Center is bringing a very large Golden Eagle called Hu Iyake (“Legs Feathered” in the Sioux language) on her arm. That Golden Eagle and a supporting cast of several owls and hawks will be joining Kestrel on stage for you to see up close and personal.
“The audience will be thrilled to see these beautiful raptors so close,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch. The term “raptor” comes from the Latin word “rapere” that means to seize or take by force. Raptors are birds that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision. They hunt primarily for mammals, but some will also hunt for other birds as well as fish. Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large and powerful and adapted for tearing or piercing flesh.
Kestrel will teach you about the habits and habitat requirements of these magnificent birds, their life histories, and favorite foods! She will teach you what its really like to “see like an eagle.” You will also learn steps that you can take to conserve and protect raptors.
Murdoch advises that Kestrel is very entertaining and a great story teller…and if the barn owl is in the mood, you may have to protect your ears from its screech! This is a fun event for the whole family. Seating is limited so you should call 425-316-8592 now to register…remember the “early bird” gets a chair. $7 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $10 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the Sarvey Wildlife Center and the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Streamkeeper Academy.
This Streamkeeper Academy event is presented by the Adopt A Stream Foundation in partnership with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation. To learn about other Streamkeeper Academy events call 425-316-8592 or go to www.streamkeeper.org.
Eagle Woman – Kestrel SkyHawk with golden Eagle on her arm
Barred Owl (by Tom Murdoch) at the Northwest Stream Center
Thornton Creek in Seattle, an important urban stream, is getting some needed attention with a new bridge that will permit salmon passage and reduce flooding. Read more in the Seattle Times article linked here.