Seattle City Light bought two parcels of land northeast of Darrington to preserve salmon habitat. The two 15 acre properties bring the total acreage protected by the utility for fish and wildlife to 13,647 acres.
The newly acquired site on the Suiattle River
With approximately 430 feet of low bank frontage on the Suiattle River, the location is an excellent provider of spawning areas for adult salmon. The forage and edge habitat along the river also allows juvenile fish a safe place to search for food and hide from predators.
The properties were purchased with grant funds totaling just over $73,000 from the State of Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
If you’d like to contribute to the conservation of lands like these, consider volunteering for a planting party this fall. City Light is partnering again with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to provide planting events at various locations; two of which will be on Seattle City Light Endangered Species Act Lands (Dalles Bridge site on Nov. 14 and Iron Mountain Ranch on Nov. 21). Volunteers at the events, which run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will help restore native riparian plants in the Skagit and Samish watersheds.
The plants will provide shade and coverage for salmon, as well as, leaf litter, which attract insects for salmon to eat. For more information on the planting parties visit the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group website. Volunteers should RSVP by emailing email@example.com or call 360-336-0172 ext. 304.
City Light recently purchased 40 acres of Day Creek Slough in the Middle Skagit River.
The property is one of the most productive habitats of juvenile salmonid in the area, and will provide refuge and a safe place for rearing for salmon and steelhead. The purchase has been added to the 274 acres of land bought through the Fisheries Settlement Agreement mitigation funds as well as over 3,288 acres of habitat conservation lands City Light currently owns.
The property was acquired with City Light funds under the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project Revised Fisheries Settlement Agreement, and also with funds under the city’s Endangered Species Early Action Program.
City Light acquired two properties on the Skagit and Sauk Rivers for fish habitat preservation.
The Skagit River property consists of 62 acres with 500 feet of river frontage, a slough, and extensive side channels. The Sauk river property is nearly three acres with 300 feet of river frontage located just upstream of Darrington.
The purchases were funded with a grant from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and City Light funds.
City Light holds more than 13,000 acres of land to conserve habitat for wildlife and threatened and endangered fish.
Funding supports community-based projects to restore air and water quality, reduce runoff, address climate change, and recover habitat
[Repost of April 21 King County News Release ]
King County is again offering grants to fund small-scale environmental projects that support the cleanup and protection of the Lower Duwamish Waterway and nearby neighborhoods. Non-profit community groups, tribes, and schools are encouraged to submit applications, which are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 2.
King County established the Lower Duwamish Green Grants program in 2010 to support projects in the Duwamish watershed that will improve air and water quality. Past projects have included roadside rain gardens, outreach to businesses on how to implement best management practices to stop stormwater pollution, an art installation that measures air quality, and wetland restoration.
A total of $102,825 in grant funding is available in 2014, with a maximum award of $50,000 per applicant.
Examples of projects that can be funded by Green Grants include:
- Implementation of stormwater management practices such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, tree plantings or other green infrastructure to prevent polluted runoff from going into the river.
- Forest, wetland, or shoreline habitat enhancement projects that replace invasive weeds with plantings of native vegetation.
- Education and outreach efforts to local businesses and neighborhood groups to promote air and water quality improvements.
- Efforts that help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases.
- Research to assess and identify impacts to the Lower Duwamish of climate change.
The Lower Duwamish Waterway Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and the Green/Duwamish Watershed Ecosystem Forum, which oversees salmon recovery in the watershed.
For more information about WTD’s Green Grants, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Programs/GreenGrants.aspx or email GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov.
This release is also posted on the Department of Natural Resources and Parks website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx