Accelerating King County's work to remove barriers for returning salmon

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Photo courtesy King County
Executive Dow Constantine recently created a new position to accelerate the work King County is leading to remove barriers for salmon returning to their native streams, a key part of his commitment to protecting and restoring the region’s clean water and healthy habitat. 

Many culverts that were built decades ago to pass water under roads and trails now prevent salmon from making it back to their home spawning grounds.

Evan Lewis, a fish biologist with more than 20 years of experience leading complex environmental and water resources projects, was selected for the new position. 

The Fish Passage Restoration Program coordinates across county departments and divisions – including Roads, Parks, and Stormwater – and will work closely with Tribes and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to prioritize projects. The county also will collaborate with cities and land owners to sequence projects within watersheds.
“With urgency and purpose, we are removing barriers to healthy habitat to ensure the survival of our region’s iconic salmon,” said Executive Constantine. 
“Having a highly respected program manager coordinate the work we are doing across county departments with Tribes and other partners will accelerate our effort, making it possible for more salmon to return to their native streams.”

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Jim Hutter October 24, 2018 at 4:21 AM  

The biggest barrier is cold,clean water. It means absolutely nothing when a salmon finally makes it back upstream to spawn and highway, street and parking lot pollution penetrates the salmons eggs causing instant mortality.

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