City Light Working with King County Co. Corrections on Chief Sealth Trail

This years’ April (and May) showers have brought out the May flowers – and the tall grasses along the Chief Sealth Trail.

Seattle City Light has contracted with the King County Community Corrections Division for the last several years to mow this portion of our transmission right-of-way, a partnership that provides participants with meaningful work as an alternative to incarceration.  They’ve done a fantastic job for us over the years, as they are this year; unfortunately the program got started late and we’re about one month behind where we typically are at this time.  Not to worry, the entirely of the trail will have been mowed before the 4th of July weekend.

City Light recognizes that great work the Corrections Division has done in the past established an expectation that isn’t currently being met, and we apologize for any inconvenience that may cause. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we move down the right-of-way.

Conserving Stossel Creek

Steelhead – photo by Oregon State University

Seattle City Light recently acquired 154 acres of land on Stossel Creek east of Duvall to preserve important habitat for coho salmon and steelhead.

The utility owns more than 13,000 acres of conservation lands to protect habitat for fish and wildlife. It’s part of our commitment to environmental stewardship in the areas where we generate clean hydropower to meet our customers’ electricity needs in a responsible manner. That’s one more reason we are the nation’s greenest utility.

Here’s what Mountains to Sound Greenway wrote about the Stossel Creek purchase in their Spring issue of the Connections newsletter:

Seattle City Light acquired 154 acres on Stossel Creek, an important coho and steelhead tributary to the Tolt River, for the purpose of habitat restoration. The property is located just east of Duvall and adjacent to the Marckworth State Forest, managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The acquisition is a key component of a regional conservation strategy, led by DNR, King County, and the Tolt Fish Habitat Restoration Group, to undertake restoration in the basin, including reconnecting wetland complexes to the creek and removing and reducing sediment input to Stossel Creek and the Tolt River. Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States and has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.