How is the project funded?
The project is mostly funded by the City budget for capital stormwater projects. Approximately $400,000 in grant money was awarded to the project by the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board and the King County Cooperative Watershed Management fund.
Why are you constructing this project now?
In-stream work is only allowed between mid-July through September because this is when fish are not swimming upstream. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates this through their Hydraulic Project Approval process.
What are Lake Sammamish Kokanee salmon?
Kokanee salmon are native to the Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington watershed but now spawn in only a few streams that feed into Lake Sammamish. Unlike their larger relative the sockeye salmon, kokanee do not go out to the ocean but spend their entire lifecycle in fresh water. They migrate from streams as inch-long fry and spend three to four years in Lake Sammamish before returning to spawn in the late fall and early winter in their natal streams. You can find more information about Kokanee salmon at https://kingcounty.gov/services/environment/animals-and-plants/salmon-and-trout/kokanee.aspx.