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.
The Marine Rescue Dive Unit removed a boat from Lake Geneva, disposed of it for $28, saving the Lake Geneva Management District money that could be used for improving water quality.
At the frontline of King County’s effort to protect and restore salmon habitat is the fish passage field team.
Over the course of this short-term project, the crew of 16 assessed nearly 27,000 stormwater structures in King County.