Protecting the Denny Creek Watershed

Protecting the Denny Creek Watershed

In 2007, a team of DCNA volunteers–George Ploudre, Kurt Seiffert, and Jim Sproull–completed a three-year study of Denny Creek and the 860-acre watershed surrounding it to assess the creek’s health and identify reasons why salmon and cutthroat trout were absent from it. Through extensive scientific testing and observation, the team concluded that housing developments above the creek were impeding the watershed’s ability to supply a controlled flow of water to Denny Creek, and also that King County drainage plans were moving water to other watersheds, leading to a loss of wetlands and wetland buffers. Their watershed survey offered several recommendations for policy makers and politicians, concluding that effort and cooperation could help return fish to the stream.
Read the Denny Creek Watershed Survey. Today, their work is being carried forward by FHNA as it coordinates surface water management projects with the City of Kirkland
Francesca Lyman

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