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Earlier this spring, scientists saw herring spawning along the Seattle shoreline, between Pier 70 and the grain elevator. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) called it an “unusual and exciting event.” This is the first time they have ever seen spawning herring in this urban area. (more…)

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Shoreline, Mercer Island Lid Park

Lid Park West, Mercer Island

People who are interested in a green shoreline often want to see examples. “What will it look like? Will it protect my property? Show me.” 

Several parks around Lake Washington have restored their shorelines. These demonstration projects are open to the public. Seeing these sites can help answer questions, although the project scale and its goals may differ from a shoreline home. (more…)

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The City of Bellevue has created a plan to expand and restore Meydenbauer Beach Park and to connect the Lake Washington waterfront with downtown Bellevue.  Enhancements to the park and nearby streetscape improvements will create a pleasant place to walk, socialize and enjoy the water. The project will restore 800 feet of shoreline along Meydenbauer Bay, improving salmon habitat.

Meydenbauer Beach promenade

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Madrona Park shoreline

Madrona Park shoreline

The Friends of Madrona Woods restored Madrona Creek from an underground pipe to a small stream leading to a new wetland cove along Lake Washington. They also transformed 10+ acres of natural area in Madrona Park from a neglected, dark, scary and weed-infested forest into an open, inviting and healthy native forest with trails, waterfalls and natural creek channels flowing to Lake Washington. Studies have found that juvenile Chinook salmon congregate near small creek mouths along the shoreline, so the project will provide valuable rearing and refuge habitat for young salmon. Map to Site.

“Somehow, by taking one season and one task at a time, a few people have transformed a derelict greenspace that invited dumping and nefarious activities into an urban forest that is beautiful, safe and inviting,” said Deirdre McCrary, Friends of Madrona Woods board member. (more…)

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