Salmon and trout topics
- Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership
Extensive effort to support conservation of fish and wildlife in the Sammamish Basin, and contribute to the quality of life for current residents and future generations.
Final WRIA 7 Salmon Conservation Plan
Snohomish River Basin
- Snoqualmie Watershed Stream Habitat Reconnaissance Report
Assessment of habitat conditions, presence and relative distribution of salmonid species and other aquatic biota in 14 rivers and streams in the lower Snoqualmie Watershed.
- Snoqualmie Watershed Aquatic Habitat Conditions Report: Summary of 1999 - 2001 Conditions
Summary of habitat conditions for multiple species of salmonids and other aquatic biota in aquatic ecosystems of the Snoqualmie Watershed, including the mainstem Snoqualmie River and several of its tributaries.
Final WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan
Cedar River, Sammamish, Lake Washington
- Restoring Rainbow Bend: Good for People and Fish from King County DNRP on Vimeo.
- Story Map: Salmon Recovery in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8)
- Map of efforts to restore habitat for Chinook salmon, representing a variety of habitat types within the WRIA 8 administrative area.
- Final WRIA 8 Near-term Action Agenda for Salmon Habitat Conservation
Interim measures undertaken while multi-jurisdictional partners worked on the 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(WRIA 8), based on the collective personal knowledge of resource professionals and data gathered from published and unpublished databases.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.
- Salmon Habitat Protection and Restoration Projects Funded for WRIA 9
Over $8.9 million for projects and acquisitions to preserve and restore salmon habitat have been funded by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) from 1999 to 2006. See one-page descriptions of habitat projects across southern King County.
- Newaukum Creek Basin Characterization Project Report
Describes the condition of Newaukum Creek, identifies ecological problems to inform restoration priorities, lists knowledge gaps to resolve, and anticipates how conditions in the creek may change in the future. Newaukum Creek is one of the two important salmon-bearing tributary streams to the Green/Duwamish River.
- Green-Duwamish River Watershed Quality Assessment
Comprehensive study of the Green-Duwamish River water quality and the land area draining to it to help guide policy, prioritize cleanup and restoration efforts, and recover salmon populations.
- Juvenile Salmonid Composition, Timing, Distribution, and Diet in Marine Nearshore Waters of Central Puget Sound in 2001-2002
Explains how young salmon use the marine nearshore for feeding and rearing.
- Prioritization of Marine Shorelines Report
Based on analysis of historical and current conditions, the shorelines of southern King County in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9) have been categorized in terms of protection and restoration value. Color-coded maps help identify the most important sections to protect and/or restore.
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.
- Lower Boise Creek Habitat Restoration Project
Overview of a project to remove contamination and restore a creek to create salmon spawning habitat near Enumclaw.
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.
Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan (external link)
Regional plan to recover threatened Puget Sound salmon stocks developed by the Puget Sound Partnership.
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.
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
2015 King County Strategic Climate Action 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.
Salmon Watcher Spawner Survey Reports
Greater Lake Washington Drainage
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:
- Chinook, King, Tyee or Blackmouth salmon pictures and information
- Coho or Silver salmon pictures and information
- Sockeye or Red salmon pictures and information
- Kokanee, silver trout or landlocked (freshwater) sockeye salmon
- Chum or Dog salmon pictures and information
- Steelhead or the Salmon-Trout pictures and information
- Cutthroat Trout including sea-run trout pictures and information
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.
- Animals, plants and habitat
- Environmental stewardship
- Environmental monitoring data
- Water and land services
News and announcements
Aug. 16, 2018
External report, KING5 News
Something’s fishy: UW research shows pollution negatively impacts a fish's sense of smell
Pollutants may be putting fish, including salmon, at risk by hurting their sense of smell, according to researchers at the University of Washington.
Jul. 26, 2018
Closure on East Lake Sammamish Trail July 30 to Aug 30
Replacing three culverts to help restore kokanee salmon on Zackuse Creek
Jun. 11, 2018
External report, KUOW
Supreme Court tie gives tribes a victory in Washington state salmon case
Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative
Spring Convening: Climate Change & Extreme Precipitation in Puget Sound
May 11, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sea-Tac
Apr. 19, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
8 months after farmed-fish escape, lively Atlantic salmon caught 40 miles upriver
Apr. 19, 2018
External report, KUOW
Tribes take Washington to Supreme Court over salmon-blocking culverts
Apr. 11, 2018
External article, Northwest Sportsman
Second Northern Pike caught in Lake Washington, but unfortunately released
Apr. 11, 2018
External article, Seattle Times
Fish council OKs sharp cut in sport chinook harvest off Washington
Mar. 23, 2018
External release, Puget Sound Partnership
Washington Congressional Delegation Comes Through for Puget Sound: Federal Funding for Recovery Maintained
Mar. 12, 2018
External article, NPR
This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore