Salmon and trout topics
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 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.
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
- Kokanee and chinook restoration projects in the Sammamish Watershed
List of projects scoped for fast-action and to benefit kokanee and chinook salmon populations in Lake Sammamish tributaries (2011).
- Final WRIA 8 Near-term Action Agenda for Salmon Habitat Conservation
Interim measures undertaken while multi-jurisdictional partners worked on thea long-term conservation plan for salmon habitat in the Lake Washington, Cedar River, and Sammamish watershed.
- Salmon recovery projects funded for WRIA 8
Locations and list for projects funded by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB), King Conservation District (KCD), and Waterworks Forum since 1999.
- Known Freshwater Distribution of Salmon and Trout
Draft maps showing Chinook, Coho, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee, Sockeye, and Steelhead Distribution in the greater Lake Washington watershed (WRIA 8), based on the collective personal knowledge of resource professionals and data gathered from published and unpublished databases.
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
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
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