The City of Issaquah has an active program to acquire lands and restore stream and riparian areas along area streams. This follows a long tradition of the City and community recognizing the importance of preserving properties along streams and restoring functional fish habitat.
The following plans help guide the restoration of streams, riparian areas, and wetland in and around Issaquah:
- 1996 Issaquah Creek Basin and Nonpoint Action Plan (PDF)
- 2006 City of Issaquah Stream and Riparian Areas Restoration Plan (PDF)
- 2005 Lake Sammamish State Park Wetland, Stream and Lakeshore Restoration Plan (PDF) (prepared for Washington State Parks)
More information on regional salmon and habitat restoration efforts, as well as the science of salmon recovery, can be found on King County's website.
The City is actively involved in the implementation of WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan, the goal of which is to restore and protect habitat that salmon need to survive in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed.
Partners in Restoration
In most cases, acquisition of property for open space, and construction of stream restoration projects, was not possible without funding help from the following state and local agencies:
- King Conservation District
- King County Waterworks Grant Fund
- King County Conservation Futures Tax (CFT)
- King County Flood Control District
- State Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Fund
- State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Puget Sound Aquisition and Recreation grants)
- National Fish and Wildlife Federation
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Local propety owners, such as Rowley Properties, has also take the lead on significant open space and stream restoration projects.
Another key partner is the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Since the early 2000s, the Greenway Trust has assisted the City with organizing volunteer planting events; arranging for conservation crews to help remove invasive vegetation and install native plants; providing post-construction maintenance; and project planning. Plants used for restoration projects are grown in a nursery located in Lake Sammamish State Park.