The Laughing Jacobs watershed spans about 3,600 acres across the communities of southern Sammamish and northern Issaquah. The watershed has parks, open spaces, and important wetlands that help reduce flooding and clean water. It’s also home to bobcats, herons, eagles, deer, and other wildlife.
Sammamish and Issaquah are some of the fastest-growing cities in the region, and more housing, buildings, and roads can threaten the watershed’s health. Healthy watersheds not only reduce flooding and provide clean water; they also provide benefits to those who live and work nearby, such as providing access to natural areas, which can reduce stress.
A smart basin plan is essential to make sure our communities grow in a way that works with the environment to reduce flooding and protect natural areas. This basin plan will help us lead the way in smart growth across the region.
The Laughing Jacobs Basin Plan will check up on the current health of the basin and identify priority projects to help reduce flooding and preserve natural areas. The plan will recommend action items for the City of Sammamish to invest its limited resources in areas where they are needed most.
We need your help to plan for the future! The priority projects in the basin plan will shape your neighborhoods for decades to come, so we want to make sure that the ones we select reflect community values. We want to understand what residents care about and need your help pinpointing locations with standing water or flooding issues that the priority projects could help address.
The City of Sammamish is conducting an online survey in April and May to collect input from residents about priorities and flooding issues. The survey is located here:
There will also be a public meeting in June to share information about the basin plan, preliminary results from the survey, and gather more input from residents. All of this information will help the technical team in the planning process. There will be a second public meeting in the spring of 2020 to share options for priority projects and gather more feedback from residents.
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The fee for this project is $328,860.