Knickerbocker Floodplain restoration project complete

In early November construction was completed on the Knickerbocker Floodplain Restoration project!

The Knickerbocker floodplain encompasses several hundred feet of the south branch of Thorton Creek at the downstream end of the Kingfisher Natural Area in Northeast Seattle. In July 2014, Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, began a five-month restoration project to relocate several hundred feet of creek, create a 1.5-acre vegetated floodplain and install a pedestrian footbridge.  The new creek configuration and floodplain increased the creek’s ability to slow and store water during heavy rain, which will reduce flooding and improve the habitat for salmon and other biological communities within the creek.

City workers will visit the site monthly to inspect and care for plants.