An online presentation May 17 will highlight upcoming King County projects on the Cedar and Snoqualmie rivers, and Issaquah Creek that use large wood to reduce flood risks, restore floodplains, and improve habitat.
StoryLarge wood can help to reduce flood risks for people living along local rivers and creeks and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. People interested in learning more about the ways King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is utilizing large wood in recent and upcoming projects can participate in an online meeting on Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
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 projects being presented during the meeting include:
• Rainbow Bend Mitigation Reserve Program Project; Herzman to Camp Freeman Project; and Belmondo Levee 2020 Repair on the Cedar River;
• Momb Revetment Repair on Issaquah Creek; and
• Stossel Bridge Right Bank Revetment Improvement Project on the Snoqualmie River.
Boaters and other recreational users of local rivers should always be alert for large wood and other hazards.
People interested in the projects, project neighbors, environmental professionals, river safety advocates, and recreation enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the online meeting, which will include time for public questions and comments for project managers.
Registration is required at kingcounty.gov/LargeWood.
• Large wood in King County rivers
• King County Water and Land Resources Division
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Doug Williams, 206-477-4543