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King County hosting June 7 meetings on use of large wood in river projects

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Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at public meetings scheduled for June 7 on Mercer Island.

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King County managers will discuss how large wood is used in river and stream projects to reduce flood risks and improve habitat at two public meetings on June 7 on Mercer Island.

Meetings covering the same subject matter are scheduled from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center located at 8236 S.E. 24th St. on Mercer Island.

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. Large wood is also used to improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

Presentations will include descriptions, schedules and impacts of five projects currently in the planning stage that include placing or recruiting large wood in rivers:

• Cedar River Basin: Sammamish River Bank Repair, Riverbend Levee Setback and Floodplain Reconnection and Cedar Rapids Engineered Log Jam Repair.
• Snoqualmie River Basin: Southeast 19th Way Road Protection and Revetment Repair Project.
• Green/Duwamish River Basin: Teufel Nursery Large Wood Mitigation Project.

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

New this year will be a presentation about King County’s river safety program for children. Using a mascot named Marta the river otter, the County has reached more than 1,800 elementary school-aged children who live near rivers with tips about being safe while around rivers.

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 or 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/rivers and follow the links to the “large wood” page.

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