The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum has been working since 1998 with partners to address salmon recovery, water quality, and flooding. Nowhere is this more evident than in Cherry Valley, where the partners are working to revive the landscape.
Despite the additional challenges pandemic restrictions placed on field inspections, staff were able to complete inspections on all 511 river facilities this year – normally a task that spans a two-year cycle.
The people in the Water and Land Resources Division work on everything from the broadest environmental issues of our landscape, to the microscopic work that takes place in our lab.
Just like people rely on roads to cross over creeks as they move throughout the region, salmon and steelhead rely on barrier-free creeks flowing under roads to reach vital upstream habitats.
Bugs play a crucial role in the stream nutrient cycle. If bug populations are suffering it will affect the whole ecosystem. That means that without bugs, growing fish have nothing to eat, and without fish, ocean predators have nothing to eat, and so on and so forth in a trophic cascade that is bad for everyone.
King County scientists identify unprecedented harmful algal bloom in Puget Sound that is of concern for fish.
USDA meat processing this close to King County markets will significantly help King County farmers and the region economically.
In the Water and Land Resources Division, 45 percent of the nearly 400 employees are women representing the STEM fields — the expertise needed to provide clean water and healthy habitat for all of King County.