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.
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.
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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.
Moving to the Pacific Northwest, I didn’t know what I was stepping into. I didn’t realize the importance of salmon to this whole region, their cultural significance, and their role in the ecosystem’s balance.