Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8) Salmon Recovery Council

Local partners working together to conserve and restore salmon habitat.

About WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery

Chinook Salmon (also known as King Salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 8 local governments, community organizations, scientists, businesses, and state and federal agency partners are working together to protect and restore salmon habitat guided by a science based salmon conservation plan. Funding from the 29 local government partners and the state of Washington support salmon recovery in the watershed.

Salmon recovery in WRIA 8 is organized around the needs of two distinct Chinook populations - Cedar River and Sammamish River. Priority actions focus on protecting and restoring habitat, public outreach and education, monitoring recovery efforts, and using science to inform implementation. Habitat protection and restoration projects are prioritized in areas important for salmon migration, adult spawning, and juvenile rearing. Watershed-wide priorities include protecting forests, reducing impervious surfaces, managing stormwater flows, protecting and improving water quality, conserving water and protecting and restoring vegetation along streams and Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish.

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WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan: Guides implementation of salmon recovery in the watershed. The 2017 Plan is an addendum to the 2005 Plan, but is also intended to serve as a stand-alone document. As an addendum, the 2017 Plan continues themes and content discussed in the 2005 Plan, provides information learned during the first 10 years of implementation, includes habitat goals, and identifies new and updated strategies to meet salmon recovery goals.

Updates and Popular Links


Climate Resilience and Salmon Recovery Fact Sheet
Climate change is creating significant challenges for human communities and salmon survival. Salmon habitat protection and restoration is focused on restoring ecosystem functions that can lessen impacts from climate change, such as reconnecting floodplains, restoring stream corridors and shorelines, and reconnecting groundwater with streams. These nature-based solutions make salmon habitat and human communities more resilient to climate change, protect and improve critical infrastructure, and support local economies by generating jobs and promoting work force development.

WRIA 8's 2024 Federal and State legislative priorities.
The WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council establishes annual legislative priorities to guide communication and advocacy for key policies and budget topics that support salmon recovery.

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Salmon SEEson - Guide Opportunities to see salmon from August to November in King County watersheds
The Salmon SEEson program coordinates and promotes public salmon viewing locations supported by local government and community organization partners in King County watersheds.

Aligning Across Watersheds: Regional Stormwater Planning Initiative.
This collaborative initiative is working to define a more cohesive regional approach to stormwater management, solidify commitments from partners, and co-design new partnerships, governance models, and stormwater management strategies to improve water quality.

WRIA 8 2023 Salmon Recovery Grant funding recommendations
The WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council annually requests grant proposals for projects and programs that implement priorities outlined in the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan. View our Funding Opportunities webpage for more information.

Synthesis of Best Available Science: Temperature and Dissolved Oxygen Conditions in the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Impacts on Salmon by Lauren Urgenson, WRIA 8 Technical Coordinator; Josh Kubo and Curtis DeGasperi, King County.

Technical Memo on Artificial Lighting Impacts to Salmon in WRIA 8
Artificial light pollution is a priority limiting factor and critical research and data need to advance salmon recovery. Reducing artificial lighting at night is a priority strategy to increase survival of juvenile Chinook and other salmon species in WRIA 8 during their journey from natal streams to the Puget Sound. This memo provides an overview of best available science and existing standards to reduce adverse consequences of artificial lighting at night.

Integrating principles of equity and environmental justice into salmon recovery

2020 Progress Report on salmon recovery in the watershed - Restoring a place where salmon and people can live together
The 2020 Progress Report provides the status of the watershed's two Chinook populations (Cedar River and Sammamish River) since 2005 and documents the baseline conditions for new habitat restoration goals established as part of the 2017 update to the WRIA 8 Plan.

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Green Shorelines for Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish
Information and resources for lakeshore property owners on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish to improve shorelines for people and salmon, including a guidebook with salmon-friendly alternatives to hardened shorelines.