Seattle, WA (Vocus) July 8, 2009
King County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite you to tour ecosystem restoration projects along the Green and Duwamish Rivers July 14.
Who: Mayors and council members from cities across southern King County, staff from Representative Smith and Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell’s offices, King County flood program staff, local government staff, Corps of Engineer staff, and citizens active in watershed salmon habitat restoration.
What: The tour will include stops at five different ecosystem restoration sites, including the high-quality salmon habitat on the North Fork Green River, construction of the juvenile fish passage facility at Howard Hanson Dam, a completed stream restoration project at Lower Newaukum Creek and an active restoration construction project near Auburn.
Where: Tour participants will meet at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building, which is located in Seattle at the Federal Center South Building — 4735 East Marginal Way South. Free parking is available across from the building on East Marginal Way.
When: Tuesday, July 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Why: This annual tour provides people with a first-hand look of the progress on the performance of the Water Resource Inventory Area 9 Salmon Habitat Plan and the Green/Duwamish Ecosystem Restoration Project, which is a joint project between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, King County and south King County cities.
The Salmon Habitat Plan was completed by watershed stakeholders in 2005. In 2007, the Plan was folded into the federal Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. The Plan also is part of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda. The tour will visit Plan-recommended projects and discuss future implementation steps.
The Green/Duwamish Ecosystem Restoration Project is a comprehensive restoration program for the entire Green/Duwamish ecosystem spanning the tidal estuaries to the spawning and wildlife habitat areas in the upper basin. Congress authorized 45 project features, emphasizing the restoration of critical habitat within the basin. Most of these projects have been integrated into the Salmon Habitat Plan for the watershed.
If you are interested in attending, please call Dave Harris at 206-766-6447 or Dennis Clark at 206-296-1909.