Green/Duwamish/Puget Sound Watershed, WRIA 9
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U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Kim Schrier host press conference to celebrate historic federal investment in fish passage at Howard A. Hanson Dam (HAHD)

On August 30, Senator Patty Murray, Representative Schrier, Chairman Elkins of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and other federal and local leaders gathered to celebrate securing $220 million to support construction of a downstream fish passage facility at HAHD. Once constructed, the project will support reintroduction of salmon and steelhead in over 100 miles of high quality habitat in the upper watershed. A press release from Senator Murray’s office contains additional photos of the event as well as audio from the event’s speakers which included Sen. Murray; Representative Schrier; Jaison Elkins, Chairman of the Muckleshoot Tribe; Colonel Alexander Bullock, Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers; Jaime Pinkham, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; and Jackie Flowers, Director & CEO of Tacoma Public Utilities.

Senator Patty Murray, Representative Schrier, Chairman Elkins of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Jamie Pinkham, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and Jackie Flowers, Director & CEO of Tacoma Public Utilities at Howard A. Hanson Dam

Congressman Adam Smith and Supervisor Dave Upthegrove tour Lower Russell Road

Congressman Adam Smith; Chair Upthegrove; Greg Wingard and Marla Mhoon, Green River Coalition; Kerry Bauman, King County; Mike Mactutis, Kent; and Matt Goehring, WRIA 9 at the Lower Russell Road construction site.

Last month the Green River Coalition hosted Congressman Adam Smith and Dave Upthegrove, Chair of the Flood Control District Board of Supervisors, on a tour of the Lower Russell Road project in Kent on the Lower Green River. Both have been strong supporters of local salmon recovery funding, and it was a great opportunity to highlight the value of multibenefit flood control projects that can benefit both salmon and people. The Green River Coalition intern team also participated on a tour of the Tacoma Headworks to learn about all the work the City of Tacoma is conducting to support fish passage.

Partner Updates

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Aerial image of the Downey Farmstead project construction site.

Construction Nearing Completion on Downey Project

Construction is nearing completion on the Downey project. Contractors have finished installing the large wood habitat structures at the inlets of the side channel and are completing the finishing touches on the grading and mulch placement. City of Kent staff will begin planting later this fall and winter.

King County Flood Management Plan seeks committee members

Over the next two years King County will develop a new Flood Management Plan. The flood plan is our guide for managing flood risks along our rivers, creeks, and shorelines. How does reducing flood risks impact rivers that support wildlife and farming? Ensure safe roads and reliable infrastructure? How do we address the likelihood of bigger floods with the resources available? What matters most to you?

To create the next plan, King County is learning about the values and goals of our communities most vulnerable to flooding. Public participation is central to the development of the flood plan. We’re looking for people interested in joining a Partner Planning Committee that will help shape the plan. Visit our Partner Planning Committee webpage to learn more about the committee and how to join—please sign up by September 26 if interested.

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King County Flood Management Plan public kickoff meetings

King County is hosting two online kick-off meetings about the next Flood Management Plan. At each meeting, guest speakers will talk about local flood hazards and discuss how managing flooding can benefit wildlife, farming, and open space and reduce impacts to roads, personal property and communities. Join us to learn about this topic and share your experience, ideas and views about flooding and community priorities.

Sign up to receive announcements and updates on the flood plan.

Grant Announcements

Water Quality Combined Funding Program (WQC)

The Washington State Department of Ecology is accepting a new round of grant applications for restoration projects that will be funded under the Water Quality Combined Funding Program. The WQC Program is an opportunity for project implementers to apply for multiple state and federal funding sources with a single funding application. Potential applicants can find more information on Ecology’s website. Ecology is no longer requiring a match for grants that fund restoration projects aimed at improving water quality.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm October 12, 2022. If anyone has questions, they can contact Cleo Neculae.

No Child Left Inside

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s funding program offers grants for outdoor-based education and recreation programs. The grant program intends to maximize the number of Washington youth who receive quality outdoor experiences, focusing on youth participants with the greatest need. Applications Due November 1, 2022. For more information check out the NCLI web page and grant manual

Upcoming events

Fall Duwamish Alive event poster

Fall Duwamish Alive event poster

Duwamish ALIVE! Coalition: Stewards of the River

Fall Duwamish Alive! Saving Our Salmon, Saves Our Orca Saturday, Oct. 15th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Green-Duwamish Watershed will be alive with hundreds of volunteers working throughout it to improve the health of its habitat and water for salmon, wildlife and communities. This collaborative effort brings together many organizations and municipalities to highlight the complexity of our watershed and its importance to our region in restoring its health and the salmon that depends upon it. We will be working in the upland forests, along and in the river, its tributaries, and wetlands.

Because our watershed is important to the survival of our Southern Resident Orcas, we are partnering with Conservation Districts' Orca Recovery Day event which is being held also on the 15th throughout the region. We will be hosting not only volunteering opportunities, but at many of our sites we will have community engagement/educational activities for the broader community to enjoy. Partner events will be held in Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. To find an event near you please contact or visit the Orca Recovery Day Website.

Help Select Water Quality Projects through Volunteer Committee

King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is currently recruiting eight new members for the Grant Ranking Committee. This volunteer advisory group reviews, ranks, and recommends grant proposals for funding. Committee members are appointed by the King County Executive and King County Council. Committee applicants must reside in the King County Wastewater Treatment Division Service Area and have interest or experience in water quality issues. There are seven Council District representative and one Water Quality Technical Specialist appointments open. Appointment terms are for three years, and committee duties include attending meetings during grant review years and reading grant applications. For more information visit the recruitments page and scroll down for WaterWorks.

If interested in seeking an appointment, please download the application. Please send your completed application, or any questions, to Elizabeth Loudon, WaterWorks Grant Manager or call 206-477-4297. For the Council District positions, you may also contact your Councilmember offices directly. The deadline for initial screening of applications is Sunday September 25, 2022.

Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 9, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmental and community organizations, and local, state and federal governments are cooperating on protection and restoration projects and have developed a science-based plan to conserve salmon today and for future generations. Funding for the salmon conservation plan is provided by 17 local governments in the watershed. For more information visit our website at

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