Lake Sammamish Native Kokanee Habitat Project and Kimball Creek Restoration Phase III
The Snoqualmie Tribe will engage in two restoration projects for the Kimball Creek and Lake Sammamish Native Kokanee habitat areas. Efforts will include working with partners on designing a fish passage barrier removal project with forwarding the East Lake Sammamish parkway culvert replacement project and restoring riparian function through native species reforestation and revegetation. The continuation of the Kimbal Creek project by removing invasive plants, restoring native riparian floodplain vegetation, and re-grading the over-steepened creek banks to a gentler slope on private property along lower Kimball Creek. Critical habitat restoration highlights for this multi-partnership project include addressing a priority fish passage barrier for the imperiled native Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon population and restoring a minimum of 7 acres of critical riparian forest buffer habitat by controlling aggressive non-native plant species and re-establishing 8,000 native riparian plant species.
Snoqualmie & Sammamish Stewardship Action Project
The Snoqualmie Tribe aims to continue its path of implementing priority watershed restoration and salmon recovery actions on Traditional lands in the Snohomish and Sammamish River Basins. The impetus for this work aligns with both regional and local conservation strategies while also embodying the Tribe’s current resource management goals and objectives of enhancing degraded habitat, improving water quality, restoring and sustaining indigenous plant communities and promoting community stewardship. Critical habitat restoration highlights for this multi-partnership project include 11 acres of critical main river riparian buffer habitat restored and enhanced by removing and controlling 13 acres of non-native invasive plant species and re-establishing 15,000 native riparian plant species.
Fall City Park Phase III Riparian Restoration and Traditional Knowledge Project
The Snoqualmie Tribe will engage in the third phase of the Fall City Park riparian restoration project by removing invasive species; restoring riparian function through native species reforestation and revegetation; creating a new traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) trail to educate the public on water quality, native plants, and salmon habitat; and monitoring the planting success, invasive species presence/absence, and surrounding water quality. Project outcomes include enhanced salmon-bearing capacity of a major Puget Sound tributary, reduced risk from climate change impacts, improved temperatures in a 303(d)-listed waterbody, restored and enhanced ecosystem function in an important floodwater storage area within the Whidbey Action Area, and a reduction in NPS pollution inputs due to individual stewardship.
Rasmussen Creek Fish Barrier Removal at Cherry Valley Dairy
The Snoqualmie Tribe will partner with Stewardship Partners to remove three impassable, anthropogenic rock cascades on Rasmussen Creek near Duvall WA, and establish a fish-friendly, complex and stable stream channel. The project will re-establish uncompromised access for anadromous fish to an additional 1000 feet of high-quality spawning and rearing habitat. Above this newly opened reach, another 0.25-0.4 miles of potential habitat lies above a partial barrier (67% passable culvert). Successful completion of this project will be a major step in making the case for priority status to replace this King County culvert under Cherry Valley Road. Additional project tasks include installing a cattle crossing over the stream where there is currently a ford and supporting the installation of riparian set-back fencing and an enlarged stream buffer.
Snoqualmie River Fall City Reach Floodplain Restoration Design
The Snoqualmie Tribe will partner with King County to design the Snoqualmie River Fall City Reach Floodplain Restoration project to restore natural floodplain processes that will improve salmonid habitat conditions, especially for threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead trout. The design may include various elements such as setting back levees and revetments, planting native plants, installing large wood, and enhancing off-channel habitat. Project tasks include: (1) developing Snoqualmie River Fall City Reach Floodplain Restoration project design; and (2) engaging in partnering and outreach with the local landowners and community.
Snoqualmie Tribe McElhoe-Pearson Levee Setback Partnership Project
The Snoqualmie Tribe will partner with King County in the design and setback of the McElhoe-Pearson Levee and revetment in order to restore floodplain habitat by reconnecting the Snoqualmie River with its floodplain. Project tasks include: (1) developing the McElhoe-Pearson Levee 100% engineered plans; (2) conducting baseline monitoring of time-lapse video, water level loggers, stream cross sections, tree regeneration quadrant sampling, and basic water quality parameters; and (3) engaging in partnering and outreach with the local landowners and community.
Fall City Park Riparian Restoration and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Project
This project was directly administered by the EPA; the project description, funding amount, and information for all FY09 Tribal Implementation Assistance Grants can be found on the EPA website.