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King County hosts annual meetings on using large wood in river projects, June 12 and 13


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 on Mercer Island.


King County project managers will discuss the use of large wood 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 6-8 p.m. on June 12 at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way in Issaquah; and from 2-4 p.m. on June 13 at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St. in 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. The County also uses large wood to improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

Meeting presentations will include descriptions, schedules and anticipated impacts of several projects that are in the planning stage and include using large wood in rivers. Among the projects to be discussed: 

 Herzman Levee Setback and Trail Stabilization, Riverbend Levee Setback and Floodplain Reconnection and Jan Road Levee Setback in the Cedar River basin; 

  Upper Snoqualmie River Mitigation Wood Placement, Haffner-Barfuse Levee Setback, plus several smaller levee repair and maintenance projects in the Snoqualmie River basin; and

 Lones Levee Setback, Chinook Wind Mitigation Project, and Lower Newaukum Creek Project in the Green River basin.

Interested 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, or at 206-477-4790, or visit and follow the link to the “large wood” page.

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About the King County Water and Land Resources Division
The Water and Land Resources Division works to protect the health and integrity of King County’s natural resources. Employees work to reduce flood risks, monitor water quality and restore wildlife habitat; manage, and reduce the harmful impacts from stormwater, noxious weeds and hazardous waste; create sustainable forestry and agriculture; and protect open space to support all of these efforts.