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Other volunteers turned out for plantings and maintenance work organized by the Cities of Kent and Seattle, People for Puget Sound, and community groups on Longfellow Creek in West Seattle.

Jointly-funded Watershed Coordination Services staff and a City of Seattle staffer attended several of these plantings and briefed volunteers on how their efforts tied into the larger effort to recover salmon habitat in our watershed.

Site 1 Duwamish Purchase Celebrated

The long-awaited purchase of Site 1 Duwamish was completed September 25.  Prior to the Forum meeting on November 14, a celebration of the purchase was held at the Tukwila Community Center. Tukwila Mayor Steve Mullet conveyed certificates of appreciation to the following representatives of the donor agencies:

Doug Sutherland, Public Lands Commissioner, on behalf of the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA)

Bob Swartz, King County, on behalf of the Elliott Bay/Duwamish Habitat Restoration Panel

Diana Gale, Manager, Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle  

Maureen Welch, Acting Manager, King County Water and Land Resources Division

The City of Tukwila and State of Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) also were acknowledged for their financial contributions.

These joint efforts - which took two years -- allowed purchase a 2.5 acre parcel of property along the Duwamish River that is critical to salmon recovery.  The goal of the $1.9 million purchase is to restore salmon habitat along the banks of the river on this property.  Site 1 Duwamish has been identified as important by every major habitat study of the Duwamish estuary since 1991.  It is among the largest remaining undeveloped parcels of open space in the heavily industrialized Duwamish corridor.

With purchase of the site completed, work will now begin on restoring salmon habitat.  Detailed site design will occur during 2002 with construction expected to begin in 2003.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will construct the slough and marsh.  The Corps worked with the cities of the Green/Duwamish Watershed in the late 1990s on the Ecosystem Restoration Study, which also recommended Site 1 Duwamish as a priority.  The cost of restoring the site has not yet been determined.

Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 9 Forum and Steering Committee provided leadership essential for the success to date of this effort.  Additional financial support for these salmon habitat recovery efforts came from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Lead Entity Operational Grant Program.

News of the completion of the purchase was carried in the South County Journal and Highline Times/Des Moines News.  KPLU radio covered the November 14 celebration and ran the story the following day.

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