On Wednesday, June 6, the City of Sammamish joined with regional partners to break ground on the Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration Project, a project to support restoration of kokanee in Lake Sammamish.
Representatives and elected officials from the City of Sammamish were joined by Chief Andy de los Angeles of the Snoqualmie Tribe, Vice Chair Michal Ross of the Snoqualmie Tribe, David St. John of the Kokanee Work Group, community kokanee activist Wally Pereyra, and other local community members and kokanee advocates.
“The City of Sammamish believes that restoring kokanee populations to Lake Sammamish is ecologically and culturally important to our region,” said City Manager Lyman Howard. “We want to thank our partners at King County, the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Kokanee Work Group, and Wally Pereya for their continued support of this project and all regional efforts to save our kokanee.”
Spawning areas for native kokanee salmon have been reduced to a handful of tributaries to Lake Sammamish. Kokanee were once known to spawn throughout Lake Washington, the Sammamish River, and Lake Sammamish. The decline of the local population has been of special concern to Sammamish residents, fisheries and native tribes. Without diversity in available spawning habitat, a single localized event, whether natural or anthropogenic, could destroy the entire population. The Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration project will aid in the reestablishment of Zackuse Creek as a kokanee spawning area. The project includes two primary objectives:
For more information on the Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration Project visit: https://www.sammamish.us/government/departments/public-works/current-projects/zackuse-creek-fish-passage-and-stream-restoration-project/.
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