An online presentation Oct. 19 will highlight upcoming King County projects on the Cedar, Snoqualmie and White rivers, and Boise Creek where placing large wood will be used to reduce flood risks, restore floodplains, and improve habitat.
The public is invited to an online meeting to find out how King Couty Department of Natural Resources and Parks is using large wood in several upcoming projects to reduce flood risks and restore habitat for fish and wildlife.
The meeting is scheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. on Oct. 19. Register at kingcounty.gov/largewood.
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.
Examples of wood repurposed include large fallen trees, old stumps, root wads, and piles of branches. That woody debris then creates pools to provide protection for native salmon, improving their chances of survival. The wood also creates a food source and habitat for aquatic insects.
The eight projects being presented during the meeting include:
- The Rutledge Johnson Floodplain Reconnection Project, the Momb Revetment Repair, the Belmondo Levee Repair Project, and the Cedar River Trail 5 Revetment Repair on the Cedar River.
- The Circle River Ranch Flood Risk Reduction Project and the Stossel Right Bank Revetment Improvement Project on the Snoqualmie River.
- The Coal Creek Springs Transition Main Replacement Project on the White River.
- The Boise Creek Mitigation Project on the Enumclaw Plateau.
Boaters and other recreational users of local rivers should always be alert for large wood and other hazards.
People interested in the projects, including project neighbors, environmental professionals, river safety advocates, and recreation enthusiasts, are encouraged to attend the online meeting, which will include time for the public to ask questions and provide comments to project managers.
Saffa Bardaro, Water and Land Resources Division, 206-477-4610