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How many adult salmon return to Miller and Walker Creeks in Burien, Normandy Park, and SeaTac each year?  Volunteer salmon investigators with CSI:  Highline began surveys in 2010 to find out!  They are also investigating how many of the returning salmon survive long enough to spawn.

Salmon Survey Results for the 2010 Season

CSI: Highline Program Results Presentation January 26, 2011 
View the presentation of the 2010 salmon survey results shown at Burien City Hall on January 26, 2011 (Adobe Acrobat, 11 MB).

Adult Fish Carcasses: Pre-Spawn Mortality Evaluation October 8, 2010 - December 23, 2010
How do you read the data in the downloadable table? The first salmon carcass of the season (bottom row) was found on October 13, 2010 at the Lower Miller Creek Survey Location (see "notes" below the Live Adult Salmon Observations table for description of all four survey locations). It was a female fish and she had 100% of her eggs, which allows us to conclude she died "pre-spawn" ("PSM"). Alternatively, she could have died "post-spawn" ("POST"), been preyed upon so heavily we can't determine if she spawned or not ("PRED"), or been found in pieces and thus spawning status is unknown. ("UNK"). She was 63 cm long and 35 cm around at her widest point. The distance between the back of her eye and where her tail flexes ("POH") was 50 cm. She had her adipose fin, which indicates she did not spend much time in a hatchery (hatchery origin fish are released in Miller and Walker Creeks but they are very small fish) or was a "natural origin" or "wild" fish.  Fish are counted only if a tail is found.

Download the Excel spreadsheet with the carcass/pre-spawn data (MS Excel)

Photo and Video Section

View photos and videos from salmon surveys on Miller and Walker Creeks conducted in 2010.  Video footage of spawning and migrating fish from the CSI surveys:

Photo of two women walking up stream in forest
CSI volunteers Christine (left) and Kerry walk Miller Creek at the Sewer District plant on October 12, 2010.  Orange vests are worn for safety and ease of recognition.  "CSI" baseball caps are worn for fun (not provided through the program).
Photo of woman walking in shallow stream in a forest
CSI volunteer Joy (front) and husband Roger behind look carefully for living fish and carcasses on Miller Creek on October 13, 2010.  One of the benefits of volunteering is getting to explore little-known, beautiful reaches of the creeks.
Photo of man holding a salmon while standing in a stream
CSI volunteers David (left) hands his son Ethan the carcass of a male coho salmon that they retrieved from Miller Creek on October 17, 2010.  Photo courtesy of Caroline Bobanick.
Photo of boy measuring salmon lying on a stream bank
CSI volunteer Ethan measures a dead male coho salmon on October 17, 2010. Photo courtesy of Caroline Bobanick.
Photo of person holding open a cut open salmon to reveal eggs
This female coho carcass was measured and then cut open to determine whether she had spawned.  The red structures inside the body cavity are full egg sacks, indicating this female did not spawn before dying.  CSI volunteer Joy conducted this first necropsy of the 2010 survey season on October 12, 2010 on Miller Creek at the Normandy Park Community Club.
Photo of dead salmon lying on the edge of gravel stream bank
After measuring and checking the fish for signs of spawning, the CSI volunteers "flag" the fish with survey tape by cutting a hole in the back of the fish.  The survey tape lists the date the fish was found and helps avoid double-counting.  The volunteers then drive a wooden stake through the fish to pin the carcass to the stream bank.  This step helps keep the carcass in the water a little longer to make it available for predation by insects and juvenile fish.
Photo of great blue heron with small fish in its beak
The CSI teams have been seeing a lot of wildlife -- including wildlife that depend on salmon and other fish in the stream.  During the October 12, 2010 survey, the team caught this great blue heron in the act of fishing a pool on Miller Creek.  Note the small fish wiggling in the beak of the fish -- a moment after this photo was taken, the heron swallowed the fish.
Photo of fish eggs laying on gravel
The CSI teams have found that salmon carcasses are quickly (less than 24 hours) located by predators and ripped open, leaving eggs on the streambank if the fish was not able to spawn.  CSI volunteers Annette and Stefanie photographed these fresh eggs on a gravel bar along Miller Creek on October 30, 2010.
Photo of dead salmon lying on sandy streambank
High flows on November 1, when it rained over 1.5 inches, left behind carcasses of a size not previously seen this fall.  This is one of two smaller fish found by CSI volunteers Kerry and Christine on November 2.  It is thought to be a "jack" coho, an immature coho salmon that returned from the ocean one year before other fish in its age cohort.  It is about 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) in length.  Photo courtesy of Christine Terry.
Photo of dead salmon lying on sandy streambank
This is the second fish found on November 2, also likely a coho "jack."  (See caption for photo above.)
Photo of two salmon swimming next to each other in shallow stream
This photo shows the first chum observed during the 2010 season. There are a male and female and the female is building a redd (egg nest).  Photo taken at Lower Miller Creek survey reach on November 7, 2010.
Photo of man and boy kneeling on stream bank next to salmon carcass
The photo above shows CSI volunteers David (l) and son Ethan conducting a necropsy on a female coho salmon on November 7, 2010 on Miller Creek.
Photo of salmon carcass being held open by two people to show a few salmon eggs
This photo of the November 7, 2010 necropsy shows that only about 25% of the eggs remain.  This indicates that this female coho was able to spawn before she died.
Photo of river otter poking his head above the water
The photo above shows a river otter with its head just above the surface, looking straight at the camera.  White stuff is foam.  November 7, 2010 photo on Miller Creek.
Photo of two women standing in stream holding a large salmon carcass
The next best thing to seeing a live fish when surveying is finding a fresh carcass to conduct a necropsy on.  CSI volunteers Christine (l) and Kerry prepare to conduct a necropsy on the first dead chum salmon found during the 2010 survey season.  The team startled three river otters that apparently were eating this carcass on Miller Creek on November 9, 2010.
Photo of salmon swimming in stream next to man standing in boots
The photo above shows a 60 cm (24 inch) chum salmon swimming in Walker Creek next to basin steward Dennis Clark on November 10, 2010.  Salmon are usually quick to flee when mammals -- potential predators -- are in the stream.  This chum, however, held station for several minutes, brushing up against Dennis' boot, before suddenly spurting upstream to cover under bushes.  Photo courtesy of Joy Neubauer.
Photo of woman walking in stream with bright sunlight streaming through vegetation overhead
Even when the fish are few, the stream is always there for the CSI volunteers to enjoy.  On some days, such as November 10, 2010, with the sun streaming through the fading leaves of autumn, the streams are magical.
Photo of man and woman standing in stream in snowy forest 
CSI teams don't let a little snow deter them from "making their rounds."  Volunteers Ed (l) and Merry Ann surveyed the streams on November 22, 2010.  Photo courtesy of Merry Ann Peterson.
Photograph of red spots on snow
The snow revealed signs of struggles previously unknown.  This packed-down snow is red with what appears to be blood -- perhaps the site where a predator consumed a freshly-caught salmon?  November 25, 2010 photo courtesy of Jon Jones.
Photo of salmon swimming in a shallow stream
Another nice photo from the CSI teams of their quarry.  This chum was photographed on December 7, 2010.  Photo courtesy of Christine Terry.
Photo of water flooding a field next to a wooden boardwalk
Although the CSI teams go out to the creeks every day, they cannot survey every day.  During the December 11-12 "pineapple express" storms, the streams became engorged with stormwater runoff.  This December 12 photo was taken by CSI volunteer David at the Normandy Park Community Club and shows floodwaters from Miller and Walker Creeks nearly covering the playfields.  Under these conditions, it is neither safe nor practical to look for salmon. Photo courtesy of David Bobanick.
Photo of flooding creek
This view of Miller Creek at the Cove on December 12, 2010 looks upstream.  The water level is well above and beyond the stream banks.  About 3.5 inches of rain fell in the area from mid-day on December 11 to late on December 12, 2010.  Photo courtesy of David Bobanick.

Don't miss the YouTube videos of spawning and migrating fish!  (external link)

More Results

Live Adult Salmon Observations: October 8, 2010 - December 23, 2010
See "notes" below table for information on survey locations.

Date and Survey Team Survey Location Coho salmon Chum salmon Unknown or Other TOTAL ADULTS Notes

TOTAL 25 342 62 429 TOTAL FOR 2010 SEASON
12/23/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 3 0 0

Chum included two females and one unknown; low clear and low; little foam, mostly looked natural; saw blue heron


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Removed all flagging (final survey of season)


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Removed all flagging (final survey of season)


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Removed all flagging (final survey of season)

12/22/2010 J. Neubauer/J. Spohn Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Water clear; level normal; saw three carcasses, all previously marked


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water clear; level of flow normal (a lot lower than the last several weeks); saw two carcasses, both previously marked


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Water clear, level normal; saw two-previously marked carcasses and one fresh head; marked a new carcass


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Water clear, level normal; saw two carcasses, both previously marked

12/21/2010 D. Clark/B. Sullivan Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow moderate, clear; some of fish ladder sections scoured down to bare concrete (gravel filling between baffles is gone)


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -15 cm; flow moderate, clear; some foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow low, clear; no foam


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow low, clear; no foam

12/20/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Great changes in gravel in fish ladder; in some places all rocks scoured away; changes in stream beds; no fish holes where there had been some before


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Adult bald eagle flew up from right bank where creek enters the Sound


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

12/19/2010 C. Bobanick/D. Bobanick/E. Bobanick Upper Miller 0 1 0 1

Course of upper stream completely changed at Fish property


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

High tide; water murky


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Two red tailed hawks; white foam coming from drain from TU hatchery shed


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Heron fishing at Swim Club

12/18/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller 0 2 1 3

Two fish in fish ladder; one below the cluster of rocks downstream from the fence; water fast, high, only clear in the shallow areas; creek channel altered above the Fish property due to December 11-12 flood


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 40 cm; water high, fast, mostly cloudy except in shallow areas; some foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow moderate to fast, clear to cloudy in depth; no foam; marked one fish from 12/16/10 survey and one fish head


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Cloudy, high water, no foam

12/17/2010 G. Shaw Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Water 4-6 inches higher than normal; quite clear; dramatic stream bed changes (due to December 11-12 storm/flooding)


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Stream flow moderate to fast; water approximately 4 inches higher than normal but clear; some foam, brown tint


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Stream water 2 inches higher than normal; quite clear; significant contour changes (due to December 11-12 storm/flooding)


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

12/16/2010 J. Jones/B. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow still relatively high but obviously nowhere near where it had been; substantial re-channeling of streambed and large woody debris movement has occurred; natural foam


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water volume high, tide out, elevation gage above bridge #2 read -6 cm; substantial new gravel deposits and large woody debris movement; natural foam


Upper Walker 0 1 0 1

Chum was a female; some channel movement and large woody debris shifting has occurred from storm; a previous redd site has a lot of new gravel deposited above it


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Nothing seemingly significant noted

12/15/2010 J. Neubauer/R. Neubauer/J. Spohn/M. Corcoran Upper Miller 0 1 0 1

Water volume fairly high, moving very swiftly but clear; a lot of silt on edge of creeks


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water volume fairly high, moving very swiftly but clear; a lot of silt on edge of creeks


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Water volume fairly high, moving very swiftly but clear; a lot of silt on edge of creeks


Lower Walker 0 2 1 3

Water volume fairly high, moving very swiftly but clear; a lot of silt on edge of creeks; fish by culverts at Snake Road

12/14/2010 K. Johnsen/C. Terry Upper Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe, high flow conditions; heavy rain falling


Lower Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe, high flow conditions; heavy rain falling; high tide


Upper Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe, high flow conditions; heavy rain falling


Lower Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe, high flow conditions; heavy rain falling

12/13/2010 MA. Peterson Upper Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe, high flow conditions


Lower Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 70 cm; water too high/turbid to survey safely or see anything


Upper Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe, high flow conditions


Lower Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

Water too high/turbid to survey safely or see anything; great blue heron fishing in area between beaver pond and lower confluence with Miller Creek; water level below bridge at beaver pond read 48 cm

12/12/2010 D. Bobanick Upper Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur due to unsafe conditions; stream flooding due to 2 inches of rain in the preceding 36 hours;


Lower Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

 


Upper Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

 


Lower Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

12/11/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller
0 0 0

Walked part of stream upstream of Fish house; water very fast and could not walk in stream at sewer plant; very heavy rain was beginning; stream high, turbulent, deep, not clear


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -15 cm; water high, fast, turbid; found chum carcass in dendrite channel of Walker Creek just above lower confluence with Miller; stream high, turbulent, deep, not clear


Upper Walker 0 3 0 3

One chum by lower crossing was about 60 cm; also two other chum in same area; stream high, turbulent, deep, not clear


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Blue heron fishing stream at Swim Club; one chum head was near the east fence of the Swim Club; stream high, turbulent, deep, not clear

12/10/2010 K. Delich/B. Sullivan Upper Miller 0 5 4 9

Stream too swift to go in water much; some foam in stream downstream of sewer plant


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 68 cm; water fast-moving and high volume; low clarity


Upper Walker 1 3 0 4

Busy fish, maybe spawning near an already marked redd; water normal


Lower Walker 0 1 1 2

Fast moving water but nearly normal water level

12/9/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 14 0 14

Stream high, colored up; little foam; lots of new wood


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -6 cm; an apparent coho jack found above bridge #4; water to tops of bank and colored up; log jam below bridge #3 is mostly gone


Upper Walker 0 3 0 3

Stream higher and a bit tannic; marked new redd under fallen tree just downstream of crossing


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

12/8/2010 J. Neubauer/R. Neubauer/M. Corcoran Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

One carcass between the fence and fish ladder on the far side of the creek about 1-2 feet above the water line; not safe to cross creek to evaluate further; this evaluation occurred just after a major squall line had passed through the area


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 51 cm; stream extremely flooded, high water, very turbid


Upper Walker 0 1 0 1

Water high and flow fast; very turbid


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Stream extremely flooded, high water, very turbid

12/7/2010 C. Terry/K. Johnsen Upper Miller 0 20 0 20

Water very clear; easy to spot fish


Lower Miller 0 3 0 3

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 4 cm; water very clear


Upper Walker 0 1 0 1

Water very clear


Lower Walker 0 2 0 2

Water very clear; two herons seen; one fish was in the beaver pond; saw Tony and Dave (both commonly seen at the Cove!)

12/6/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson Upper Miller 0 17 0 17

Great blue heron fishing in fish ladder


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

More foam than before; lots of foam in a few places


Upper Walker 0 9 0 9

Pool below log jam at lower crossing is popular place for chum


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Could not access Swim Club because of lock problems; great blue heron fishing at Swim Club

12/5/2010 C. Bobanick/D. Bobanick/E. Bobanick Upper Miller 0 16 0 16

Great blue heron fishing just downstream of sewer plant; foam in fish ladder and in stream in upper Fish property; marked redd


Lower Miller 0 1 0 1

Saw five carcasses and two heads


Upper Walker 0 1 0 1

Water flow low; clear


Lower Walker 0 1 0 1

Water flow low; clear

12/4/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller 0 13 3 16

Water was clear, tannic, slow to moderate flow with some foam; saw two possible redds in the making but did not see eggs (could not mark redds given activity); groups of fish splashing by the Fish house; saw large amount of foam above the Fish house


Lower Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Not surveyed due to lack of daylight


Upper Walker 0 3 0 3

Water was clear, tannic, slow to moderate flow with some foam; one fish about 50 cm and the other about 62 cm


Lower Walker 0 4 1 5

Water was clear, tannic, slow to moderate flow with some foam; survey started at Swim Club; four chum in section below fence; one fish in culvert at road's edge; one fish head seen

12/3/2010 K. Delich/G. Shaw Upper Miller 3 5 18 26

Two adipose fins seen; fish had black backs, not white; fish at sewer plant and upstream


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Mild turbidity; elevation gage above bridge #2 read -30 cm; moderate foam


Upper Walker 0 2 1 3

Very white and slow moving chum about 63 cm (25 inches) in length; other fish healthy


Lower Walker 0 2 0 2

Fish had very little red color; fish just below culvert near pool; fish 58-66 cm (23-26 inches)

12/2/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd/M. Codd Upper Miller 0 21 0 21

Lots of white foam; water higher than previous week (11/25/10) and tannic; lots of signs water had been higher; marked redds 100 feet south of bridge and by rebar sticking up from stream at upstream end of big culvert


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -6 cm; very large salmon head observed in water above bridge #4


Upper Walker 0 6 0 6

Some white foam; water otherwise clear; all six fish were within 5 m. upstream of crossing; male and female appeared to be working on a redd


Lower Walker 0 6 0 6

Water clear; five fish were on Swim Club property; two large redds visible

12/1/2010 J. Neubauer/R. Neubauer/J. Spohn Upper Miller 0 18 0 18

Saw one carcass in fish ladder; saw one head marked 11/25/10


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow average, water clear, minimal foam; found head of chum (probably female) about 22 cm (9 inches) from snout to gill cover


Upper Walker 1 5 0 6

Saw one carcass


Lower Walker 0 1 0 1

Flow average, water clear, minimal foam; saw two juvenile fish

11/30/2010 C. Terry/D. Clark/C. Dunn Upper Miller 0 1 0 1

Flow high and turbid; was able to survey in stream only in wider areas where water was less deep; could not survey fish ladder


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow was high and turbid; did not survey in creek, only from boardwalk; elevation gage above bridge #2 read 29 cm


Upper Walker 0 2 0 2

Both chum visible due to white fungus on fins showing up in turbid water; creek high and turbid


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow was high and turbid

11/29/2010 MA. Peterson/B. Sullivan Upper Miller 0 16 0 16

 


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

There was a carcass under bridge #2 that was too deep to retrieve; elevation gage above bridge #2 read 36 cm


Upper Walker 0 5 0 5

One chum was nearly white on top (from fungus?) but still swimming upright, top fin flesh was missing; others were not so white


Lower Walker 0 1 0 1

Saw one 10 cm (4 inch) fish; did not survey Swim Club area

11/28/2010 B. Williams/D. Williams Upper Miller 0 5 2 7

 


Lower Miller 0 2 2 4

The two chum were between bridges #4 and #5


Upper Walker 0 5 0 5

Tree fell over the area with multiple redds since the preceding day's survey; two boys and a dog were playing in the stream through half of the survey area


Lower Walker 0 0 2 2

These two fish were upstream of the Snake Road culvert

11/27/2010 B. Williams/D. Williams Upper Miller 0 9 0 9

 


Lower Miller 0 2 0 2

Chum just above and below bridge #5


Upper Walker 0 13 0 13

 


Lower Walker 0 5 0 5

Includes three fish upstream of Snake Road culvert

11/26/2010 G. Shaw/D. Clark Upper Miller 0 1 0 1

Three otters in Fox Creek culvert just above confluence with Miller; great blue heron fishing above fish ladder


Lower Miller 0 4 1 5

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 42 cm; water turbid; flow moderate; no foam; suspect chum included two males and two females


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Water tannic; water lightly turbid; no foam


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow somewhat turbid; little foam

11/25/2010 J. Jones/B. Jones/P. Codd/M. Codd Upper Miller 0 6 1 7

Of the chum, two were male, two were female, and two could not be identified as to sex; all chum spotted in the fish ladder or just below; "other" fish was a cutthroat; water very clear and low; snowing and snow on the ground; found three chum heads/parts of bodies but no tails (and thus did not record as official carcasses)


Lower Miller 0 1 0 1

Live chum was a male; elevation gage above bridge #2 read 42 cm; tide in, water clear but deep; snowing and snow on the ground; chum carcass above bridge #2 was in water too deep to retrieve


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow low and clear; little to no foam; snowing and snow on the ground


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow low and clear; no foam; marked two carcass remnants; beaver pond two-thirds frozen and ducks were walking on ice; snowing and snow on the ground

11/24/2010 Lower Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Survey did not occur today due to icy conditions preventing travel by survey team


Upper Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

 


Lower Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

11/23/2010 K. Johnsen/C. Terry Upper Miller N/A N/A N/A N/A

Not surveyed due to icy conditions preventing access to survey area


Lower Miller 0 1 0 1

Water very clear; air temperature -4 C (25 F); large chum spotted at bridge #5


Upper Walker N/A N/A N/A N/A

Not surveyed due to icy conditions preventing access to survey area


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Water very clear; great blue heron fishing in stream at Swim Club

11/22/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson/A. Batcho Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Surveyed upper part on Brett Fish property only because Sewer District closed early due to snow


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water was clear and low; elevation gage above bridge #2 read -20 cm


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Water dark with tannin; great blue heron fishing at Swim Club

11/21/2010 D. Bobanick/E. Bobanick Upper Miller 1 9 0 10

Flow low, very clear; saw pair of chum possibly spawning at boundary between District/Brett Fish property


Lower Miller 0 3 0 3

Low flow, very clear; low, rising tide


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Low flow, very clear


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Low flow, very clear

11/20/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller 0 4 1 5

Stream flow moderate and tannic; 2 chum were in fish ladder; estimated fish lengths: 2 x 50 cm; 1 x 60 cm; 1 x 68 cm


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow moderate, clear, some foam; elevation gage above bridge #2 read 20 cm


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow slow, clear, tannic


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow moderate, clear, tannic; great blue heron fishing at Swim Club

11/19/2010 K. Delich/G. Hadley Upper Miller 0 2 5 7

Fish were hiding underneath the ivy near the sewer plant; one brushed past Kim and swam 50 feet downstream; water clarity low


Lower Miller

0

2 0 2

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -30 cm; water tannic in color; water clarity low; chum were 76 cm (30 inches) long and spawning at upper limit of survey area


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Fish head with mouth closed seen; water clarity low


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Water clarity low

11/18/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 12 0 12

Fish present throughout survey section, including in fish ladder; chum included 3 females and 1 male -- sex of others not identified; higher flow; no foam; great blue heron fishing at lower end of survey area


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -6 cm


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Marked suspected redd; water clear; little to no foam


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

11/17/2010 J. Neubauer/J. Spohn/B. Williams/D. Williams Upper Miller 0 10 0 10

One fish below fish ladder; one fish in fish ladder; eight large males and females upstream of culvert; YouTube video available


Lower Miller

0

1 0 1

Fish about 58 cm (23 inches) in length upstream of bridge #1; saw one juvenile fish


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

One small fish before red footbridge at Swim Club

11/16/2010 K. Johnsen/C. Terry Upper Miller 0 9 1 10

Saw great blue heron; team did not survey upstream of fish ladder but Brett Fish observed 8 chum in the upper survey area within two hours of the survey so these fish are added to this record to provide a complete picture of all four survey areas


Lower Miller 1 0 0 1

Mid-tidal elevation; stream low and clear


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 1 1

Large alder tree has just fallen in creek below Snake Road culvert; fish was observed by downed tree

11/15/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson Upper Miller 0 5 0 5

Three chum upstream of large culvert; two by "hazard" alder tree; redd (egg nest) marked on LB upstream of large culvert


Lower Miller 2 3 1 6

Redd (egg nest) marked on RB upstream of bridge #4


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Viewed great blue heron on Miller Creek from road by Upper Walker


Lower Walker 0 1 0 1

10-12 cm (4-5 inch) fish leapt out of beaver pond; bald eagle flying over tennis courts

11/14/2010 C. Bobanick/D. Bobanick Upper Miller 0 1 0 1

Clear, low/moderate flow; some foam


Lower Miller 0 0 6 6

Clear, low/moderate flow; fish observed were large and likely chum


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Clear, low/moderate flow


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Greater blue heron fishing at Swim Club

11/13/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Clear, moderate flow, tannic; saw scattered fish eggs near mouth of Fox Creek culvert just downstream of big Miller Creek culvert; saw head of male chum


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Clear, moderate flow, tannic, some foam; elevation gage above bridge #2 read -30 cm


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Clear, moderate flow, tannic


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Clear, moderate flow, tannic, some foam

11/12/2010 K. Delich/G. Shaw/D. Clark Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Clear water; foam in usual spots


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 28 cm; clear water, some foam; saw pair of pileated woodpeckers working on dead alder tree


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Clear water, little tannic color; little foam


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Clear water; light foam behind tennis courts

11/11/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 0 1 1

Fish appeared to be a chum; observed great blue heron fishing; some foam; scattered fish eggs near mouth of Fox Creek culvert just downstream of big Miller Creek culvert


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Tide was out; water was much lower at mouth than previous Thursday surveys


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

11/10/2010 J. Neubauer/R. Neubauer/J. Spohn/D. Clark Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow low, clear; lot of foam


Lower Miller 0 0 1 1

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read 65 cm; fish was about 35 cm (14 inches) in length and silver


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow low, clear


Lower Walker 0 1 0 1

Chum was 60 cm (24 inches) in length and had lots of white fungus on fins; caudal (tail) fin was shredded; fish held station in stream next to Dennis' boots for three minutes, then darted upstream

11/9/2010 K. Johnsen/C. Terry/D.Clark Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Saw three river otters preying on fresh chum carcass; observed great blue heron fishing below fish ladder


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Saw goldfish (!) by bridge #3; elevation gage above bridge #2 read 25 cm; good water visibility


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Good water visibility


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Good water visibility

11/8/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson/D. Clark Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Stream low and tannic; light foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Spooked great blue heron by Swim Club


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

11/7/2010 C. Bobanick/D. Bobanick/E. Bobanick/D. Clark Upper Miller 0 1 2 3

Moderate flow with light tannin color; saw 3-4 river otters!


Lower Miller 0 2 0 2

First chum of the season were a male and female building a read upstream of bridge #5; flow moderate and tannic; light foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Flow moderate and tannic; some foam


Lower Walker 2 0 0 2

Fish were male; one had adipose fin, the other did not; great blue heron fishing

11/6/2010 A. Anderson/D. Clark Upper Miller 1 0 0 1

 Fish was a male


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Elevation gage above bridge #2 read -5 cm; flow moderate, clear, and tannic; no foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 Flow moderate, clear, and tannic; no foam


Lower Walker 2 0 1 3

 One male about 50 cm in length; two other fish at least 30 cm in length; flow moderate, clear, and tannic; some foam

11/5/2010 K. Delich/G. Shaw Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

More foam


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

 

11/4/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Low flow, slightly tannic; white foam in several places


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Tide very high (12.45 foot tide at 15:34, just before we got there) - gage by bridge #2 read 68 cm; head/saw large splash by bridge #5 but could not confirm it was a salmon


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Low, slightly tannic


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Low, tannic; heavy silt deposits along banks

11/3/2010 J. Neubauer/J. Spohn Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Miller 1 0 0 1

Saw male about 18 inches (48 cm) in length - fish behavior pretty normal; water clear, average flow, minimal foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0
11/2/2010 K. Johnsen/C. Terry Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Found two large fish (thought to be trout) trapped under logs, one at the downstream end and one at the upstream end of the survey area


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Creeks rushing; lots of evidence of flooding


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Observed our friend, the regular blue heron at the Swim Club
11/1/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Did not survey because of very high flows (at least 1.56 inches of rain fell this day at SeaTac Airport)


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

At stream mouth on the Sound, a mature bald eagle flew up from the beach; water very high; heavy rain


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Did not survey because of very high flows (at least 1.56 inches of rain fell this day)


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Water very high; heavy rain
10/31/2010 C. Bobanick/ D. Bobanick/ E. Bobanick Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Water level too high to see clearly through the fish ladder portion


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water too turbid to see very well


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Water too turbid to see very well


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0
10/30/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Fast running; deep pools; did not walk the "fish ladder"; blue heron at culver opening; red eggs along right bank at downstream end of the culvert


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water mark at 22" on bridge by beaver pond outlet; high water, cloudy, deep pools


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Blue heron at beaver/duck pond
10/29/2010 K. Delich/G. Shaw Upper Miller 1 0 0 1

Fish 18" (45 cm) and sickly/gasping


Lower Miller 2 0 0 2

Clear stream; fish 20 - 24" (50 - 61 cm)


Upper Walker 0 0 1 1

Saw possible 17" (43 cm) cutthroat with spots on back


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0
10/28/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 2 0 0 2

Flow steady and clear; little foam; possible redd (egg nest) marked; male and female over redd


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Flow steady; a little colored up


Upper Walker 3 0 0 3

Flow steady, clear; little foam; redd marked -- two males sparring over female at redd


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Flow steady and clear; no foam
10/27/2010 J. Neubauer/R. Neubauer Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

High volume but clear


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Water clear but flowing fast; saw one unidentified small fish


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Water clear


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Water tannin-colored but clear; some foam
10/26/2010 K. Johnsen/C. Terry Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Could not proceed upstream of fence due to high flows


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Stream very fast and deep; visibility poor


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Muddy


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Stream very fast and deep; visibility poor; heron present; seven tennis balls

10/25/2010 E. Nugent/MA. Peterson Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

High water; poor to no visibility in stream


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

High tide; poor to no visibility in stream; water mark at 19" on bridge by beaver pond outlet


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

High water


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Water very high; too high to walk in stream
10/24/2010 C. Bobanick/D. Bobanick/E. Bobanick Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Upper Walker 0 0 1 1

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0
10/23/2010 A. Anderson/S. Berg Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Observed one dead mouse or mole


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Observed 2-3 small juveniles; one dead frog between bridges 4 and 5; water mark at 19" on bridge from beaver pond outlet


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Observed 20-25 small juvenile fish swimming in group

10/22/2010 K. Delich/G. Shaw Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Found freshly-deceased 3" (8 cm) cutthroat


Lower Miller 0 0 1 1

Fish observed 150 yards from mouth; about 20" (50 cm) in length; probably a coho


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Saw 6" (15 cm) fish swimming downstream
10/21/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Stream clear and low; juveniles in stream on B. Fish property


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Stream clear and low; found flagging from the dead fish ID'd 10/13/2010 [101310_LwrMlr_PSM01 ] on the gravel bar midstream; the carcass is completely gone, but there are still a few eggs scattered in the gravel; we retied the ribbon to a stake and placed it in the middle of the gravel bar; juvenile fish in stream


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Stream clear and low; no foam


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Stream clear and low; dead rat still lying behind tennis courts
10/20/2010 J. Neubauer/R. Neubauer/J. Spohn Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

 Eggs found in gravel and carcass found upstream 10 feet ( this was approximately where coho female 101310_LwrMlr_PSM01 was found 10/13). 3-5" small fish seen


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Unusual orange color to standing water at edge of creek


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0
10/19/2010 K. Johnsen/ C. Terry Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Creek very clear


Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Dead rabbit


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Creek very clear


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Dead rat behind tennis courts; great blue heron fishing at Swim Club
10/18/2010 E. Nugent/D. Clark Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Creek clear and low; no foam

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Creek clear and very low; no foam


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Creek clear and low; little foam


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Creek clear and low; no foam
10/17/2010 C. Bobanick/ D. Bobanick/ E. Bobanick Upper Miller 0 0 1 1 Also saw 3 carcasses, mostly tails

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

 


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0
10/16/2010 A. Anderson/ S. Berg Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Observed two juvenile salmonids 16-20 cm long swimming in pool

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Found fish head beyond bridge 4 and remnants of carcasses


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Juvenile salmonid still present near tennis courts
10/15/2010 K. Delich/G. Shaw Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Foam 3' x 5' x 10" found upstream; shiny

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

101310_LwrMlr_PSM01 carcass no longer intact; eggs/flesh strewn about


Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

 


Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Juvenile salmonid found near tennis courts (later confirmed to be juvenile cutthroat)
10/14/2010 J. Jones/P. Codd Upper Miller 1 0 0 1 Stream was flowing clear with tannic color; saw male coho inside large culvert and watched it migrate another 50 m upstream

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream clear; some foam

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0 Stream clear and low; no foam

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Stream very clear
10/13/2010 J. Neubauer/ D. Clark Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream was flowing clear with tannic color; moderate flow

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0 Saw lots of small fish in stream; saw some foam; found adult female coho pre-spawn carcass between bridges 4 and 5

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0 "

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Saw some foam
10/12/2010
K. Johnsen/ C. Terry
Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream was flowing clear with tannic color; moderate flow; observed great blue heron catching and eating juvenile salmonids

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0 Observed raptor flying in Miller Creek riparian area adjacent to Upper Walker survey area

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Saw lots of juvenile salmonids behind tennis courts
10/11/2010
E. Nugent/ E. Fraser/ M. McCluskey
Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream was flowing clear with tannic color; moderate flow

Lower Miller 1 0 0 1 "

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0 "

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 "

10/10/2010
C. Bobanick/ D. Bobanick/ E. Bobanick

Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream flowing very high and turbid; could not reach all of this survey location

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream flowing very high and turbid (1.79 inches of rain during October 9-10 48 hour period)

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0 Stream flowing very high and turbid; observed owl in tree along stream

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 Stream flowing very high and turbid
10/9/2010
A. Anderson/ S. Berg
Upper Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream flowing high and turbid; flow seemed to increase during survey; could not reach all of this survey location

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0 Stream flowing high and turbid

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0 "

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0 "
10/8/2010
K. Delich/G. Shaw
Upper Miller 0 0 0 0

Lower Miller 0 0 0 0

Upper Walker 0 0 0 0

Lower Walker 0 0 0 0

Notes:

  • Surveyors are instructed to list fish as "unknown/other" if they cannot positively identify the species. 
  • Upper Miller Survey Location = Miller Creek at the Southwest Suburban Sewer District Plant in Normandy Park
  • Lower Miller Survey Location = Miller Creek at the Normandy Park Community Club (private property) between 13th Ave. S.W. and Puget Sound
  • Upper Walker Survey Location = Walker Creek upstream of 13th Ave. S.W. in Normandy Park
  • Lower Walker Survey Location = Walker Creek at the Normandy Park Community Club and Normandy Park Swim Club (both are private property) between 13th Ave. S.W. and Puget Sound

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