"WRIA 8 � Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed"
WRIA 8 – Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed Project Subcommittee Report June 23rdth Fieldtrip and June 25, 2008 Meeting King Conservation District (KCD) 2009 Grant Cycle Project Subcommittee Members: Councilmember Don Fiene (City of Lake Forest Park, WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council member); Hans Berge (King County, WRIA 8 Technical Committee); Rich Gustafson (Citizen, former WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council member); Scott Stolnack (WRIA 8 Technical Committee Chair); Kathy Minsch (Seattle Public Utilities); Brian Ward (City of Bellevue). Chair: Mary Jorgensen (WRIA 8 Actions and Funding Coordinator). Funds and WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council’s Recommended Allocation: In 2009 the King Conservation District (KCD) grant funds for WRIA 8 are $1,358,800. At their March meeting, the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council (SRC) recommended allocating the funds as follows: 1) monitoring, studies: non-competitive, ~one-quarter or ~25%; 2) site specific projects: ~two-thirds, 67% up to ~ 72%; and 3) studies and public outreach: ~one-twelfth or 8%. Further guidance from the SRC was that the Project Subcommittee would balance recommendations based on the SRC guidance and applications received. Sixteen applications were received for a total request of $1,287,211 with matching funds of $2,317,740 (see Table 1 for summary). Project Eligibility and Match Requirement: For KCD funding the project must be within King County and meet the policies of the KCD Board. For WRIA 8 the project must be on the WRIA 8 Plan start-list of actions or within the monitoring chapter. The project is evaluated for benefits to Chinook and feasibility. Priority is given to Tier I projects in the priority areas of Cedar, Migratory, naturally spawning Sammamish population areas, and other Sammamish population areas. Match funds are not required for KCD projects. WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Process: Prior to their fieldtrip and meeting the Project Subcommittee received copies of the KCD applications, criteria/question forms, and KCD policies. On June 23, 2009 the Project Subcommittee members and WRIA 8 staff heard three presentations and then visited five site specific projects in WRIA 8. Project sponsors gave a brief presentation of their project on-site and then responded to questions from the Subcommittee. On June 25th the Project Subcommittee heard five additional presentations with time for questions and answers from the project sponsors. Handouts, photos, or maps were allowed to be distributed to supplement the KCD application at both the fieldtrip and presentations. On June 25th, the Project Subcommittee reviewed the policies and discussed the conflict of interest statement. After completing their personal scoring of the applications they discussed the combined scores and ranking. Project Subcommittee members thoroughly discussed any issues or recommendations for projects at the scoring stage and then during the discussions for allocation recommendations. The committee’s final recommendations for allocations are provided in Table 1. Page 1 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final Highlights of Discussion The two monitoring applications are in their second year as a non-competitive category, with a target amount for funding of approximately 25 percent. This provides more reliable, base funding for on-going monitoring of both out-migration of smolts and returning spawner surveys. The monitoring request saw an increase in costs of approximately $20,000 for spawning ground surveys due to reductions at WDFW in covering surveys in North and Little Bear Creeks. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and WDFW are proposing increasing their match funding for the surveys in their 2010 budgets, subject to approval by their respective agencies. 2010 costs for outmigrant trapping have increased by an additional $11,000. PIT tag reader calibration (~$9,000) at the Locks was previously covered by the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and will not be covered in 2010. In addition, the newer PIT tags cost has increased; approximately $2,000 will cover the increase and allow more Chinook tagging in Bear Creek. The total request amount was close to the available funds this year due to an additional $187,500 of returned funds from previous KCD grants. The applications in the two categories of 1) projects and 2) public outreach/studies were not in competition with each other but were reviewed for how well they met the criteria of WRIA 8 and KCD. The applications were all of high quality and the Project Subcommittee recommends full funding for all. The Public Outreach applications are recommended for funding at a ten-percent level rather than the target allocation of eight-percent. Site-specific Projects: The Lower Cedar River Elliot Bridge Reach Habitat Acquisitions project (King County) proposes to purchase two to three properties in a high priority reach downstream from the Belmondo reach and just upstream from Reach 4, the landslide reach. A total of twenty properties are targeted in the reach, with nine properties recently acquired by King County. After the acquisition is completed, future restoration would setback two levees to increase floodplain connection to a width of 600 to 900 feet. The Project Subcommittee members requested that the final application be more specific on the priority of parcels. This project has a total project cost of $1.7 million and has requests for both KCD and PSAR funds for $250,000 each. The Project Subcommittee recommends increasing the Elliot Bridge Reach Acquisition project amount for KCD funds by $71,589, and then, for the same amount, decreasing the project request for PSAR funds. This would allocate the remainder funds in KCD and conserve the PSAR funds that carry into 2010. Cedar River Coordinated Invasive Knotweed Control Project (King County) and Lower Cedar River Knotweed Eradication (Seattle Public Utilities) continue the effort to address the extensive knotweed issue in the system. Earlier funding began knotweed control from Landsburg dam downstream and has been successful. These two efforts would continue moving control downstream, with SPU’s effort focusing on the areas around their properties and King County, in partnership, addressing the other locations. It is key to work on control from upstream to downstream because even small half-inch fragments can be carried by floodwater’s into new sites and invest the area. Landowner education and outreach is very Page 2 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final important to reducing spreading and re-infestation from private properties unaware of the plants invasive nature. Issaquah Creek Restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park 2010 (Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust) continues to restore riparian habitat upstream from the mouth of Issaquah Creek (a 2006 KCD funded restoration project). At the site visit, we could see that invasive weeds had been removed and thousands of native plants installed from the 2008 KCD grant. A volunteer work crew was actively at work. This next effort continues to tackle the high blackberry wall that edges the creek and will restore 8.5 acres with several thousand more native plants. This site is a wonderful example of the power of volunteers to incrementally restore a large area. Swamp Creek Park Restoration: Improving 1.3 Miles of Shoreline Habitat at the Confluence of Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River (City of Kenmore) will clean-up and restore the riparian areas. The City of Kenmore is currently revising a master plan for the Swamp Creek Park (42 acres), a separate but complementary effort that will support this earlier phase of restoration. Leaving the street area and walking into this site, it quickly transforms into a natural area with large trees. Restoration of this area along the Sammamish River will provide in the future the shading needed along this migratory corridor for Chinook. Upper Kelsey Creek Habitat Restoration Project (Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group) will produce a design for a large wood and bio-engineering project to reduce stream bank erosion and sedimentation. This reach of Kelsey Creek has excellent tree cover and stream conditions. Future restoration of this small site will prevent further bank erosion and stabilize the stream channel. Interest and community involvement in Chinook salmon is very active in this area. WRIA 8 Beach Nourishment Project (King County) is a nearshore feasibility and design project that will produce different design plans for two to four beach nourishment (addition of sediment) projects to address the effect of bulkheads along approximately 82 percent of WRIA 8’s nearshore. This project received SRFB funding in 2008 and is currently seeking match funds. The Project Subcommittee discussed this project at length and supports beach nourishment as an innovative approach that is applicable to extensive sections of WRIA 8’s degraded nearshore. Lake Sammamish Chinook and Kokanee Project Identification and Feasibility (King County) study is the first phase of restoring sites around Lake Sammamish and along the Sammamish River that will benefit both Chinook and Kokanee salmon. Existing project from the WRIA 8 Plan and from other plans will be evaluated on whether they need further development to restore habitat for Chinook and Kokanee. At the time of the WRIA 8 Plan development there were not many sites known in these areas, yet the potential to create sites is believed to exist. This study would address this gap in project sites for Lake Sammamish and the Sammamish River. Beaux Arts Shoreline Restoration Design (Western Academy of Beaux Arts, WABA) is the first phase of feasibility and design for approximately two-third of their 1100 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. Community group leaders were inspired by the lakeshore workshop and seek help with restoration design. The Green Shorelines handbook (City of Seattle KCD Page 3 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final grant 2006) is being used initially for design inspiration and guidance. The grant would fund a designer to work with the community in creating a master design plan. The WABA community group manages the lakeshore property and has successfully protected the large trees and native growth in the upland area. Public Outreach: Three public outreach applications are programs previously funded by KCD and two are new applications for 2009. The Cedar River Salmon Journey (aka Naturalist Program, Friends of the Cedar River) reaches over 5,000 visitors annually as the fish return through the Locks and in the Cedar River. Salmon Watcher Program 20010-2011 (King County) continues for its 15th year to provide over 1200 hours of volunteer time and over 6,000 citizen contacts. The Beach Naturalist Program (Seattle Aquarium Society) continues to adapt their outreach program to incorporate more information on salmon with materials including more on the nearshore, including feeder bluffs. Bear –Evans Streamkeepers (Adopt-A-Stream Foundation), new to WRIA 8 in 2009, will educate urban-suburban landowners to be better stewards of their streams and improve riparian buffers and stream habitat to improve water quality in Bear and Evans Creek. This project will deliver educational materials to all 900 streamside property owners in their contact list. The Streamkeeper team will work with property owners and writes BMPs and project recommendations. They plan to complete at least three on-the-ground projects with landowners and implement riparian restoration projects of 0.25 acres and 20 linear feet of instream habitat enhancement. They have been very successful in WRIA 7 and we highly recommend welcoming them to WRIA 8! WRIA 8 Rain Garden Training and Installation Project (Stewardship Partners), is another new WRIA 8 partner for 2009. This project will promote the building of rain gardens as an effective means to treat polluted storm water throughout WRIA 8. They will train rain garden installers, provide rain garden-based curriculum materials, and install demonstration rain gardens in several locations within WRIA 8. They are working on a partnership with Lowes to carry rain garden packages for homeowners. Conclusion: The Project Subcommittee thoroughly reviewed and discussed the applications and was fortunate to not have a shortfall in funds. The Project Subcommittee recommends full funding for all the projects for their substantial benefit for Chinook salmon recovery. The Project Subcommittee also supports the continual funding of the three on-going and two new excellent public outreach programs within WRIA 8 with a two-percent increase of funds over the 8-percent target allocation. The Project Subcommittee’s recommendations include full funding for the two monitoring applications. Next Year: The Project Subcommittee will work in the next year on revising the criteria to align with the Plan’s implementation phase. Project phases (feasibility/design, permitting, and construction) could be included in the screening criteria. Benefit to Chinook is the emphasis in the criteria and will remain as central; the changes will be in the structure and scoring of the questions. Page 4 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final TABLE 1: Summary of 2009 King Conservation District Grants - WRIA 8 Project Applications Site Specific Projects - Acquisition and Restoration Project Total Subcommittee Project Request Match Recommenda- Applicant Proposal Name Cost Amount Funds tions* Elliot Bridge Reach Habitat Acquisition #C216 B Acquisition of two to three parcels in an important Lower Cedar River reach. This reach is downstream of the Belmondo acquisitions and just upstream of the landslide area (Reach 4). These parcels add to many others that were or are being acquired as flood-buyouts. Future King County restoration efforts would restore the floodplain by removal of rock Tom Beavers armoring or levee setback. $1,676,000 $250,000 $1,426,000 $321,589 Cedar River Coordinated Invasive Knotweed Control Project This project aims to increase ecosystem health and functioning of riparian forests along the Cedar River and major tributaries through the implementation of a planned approach to control invasive knotweed. Priority actions include: a) on-going survey work; b) develop priorities for King County - control/ eradication; c) community education/outreach; rapid response Steven Burke control by work crews; e) monitoring and evaluation. $101,870 $57,850 $44,020 $57,850 Lower Cedar River Knotweed Eradication Extends existing knotweed control efforts by SPU (above Landsburg) and Cascade King County (below Landsburg) for approximately 1.1 river miles to the Land Jones reach of the lower Cedar River. Mapping of areas, treatment, Conservancy clearing of dead knotweed by volunteers, re-treating areas, and - Jodie Salz monitoring and reporting are included. $154,002 $49,858 $104,144 $49,858 Issaquah Creek Restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park 2010 Restore 8.5 acres of riparian habitat along 1,000 feet of Issaquah Creek Mountains to at Lake Sammamish State Park. The upper section of the site is covered Sound in Himalayan blackberry and the lower bench bordering the creek is Greenway infested with Bohemian knotweed. This creekside habitat restoration will Trust - Tor focus on control and removal of invasive weeds and the installation of Bell several thousand native plants. $125,000 $50,000 $75,000 $50,000 Page 5 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final Project Total Subcommittee Project Request Match Recommenda- Applicant Proposal Name Cost Amount Funds tions* Swamp Creek Park Restoration: Improving 1.3 Miles of Shoreline Habitat at the Confluence of Swamp Creek and the Sammamish RiverSwamp Creek Restoration project is a multi-phased clean-up and native vegetation planting project to restore natural values and desirable City of environmental conditions. The project will restore 1.3 miles of riparian Kenmore - habitat along Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River. A long-term Ron Loewen monitoring and maintenance plan will also be developed. $100,000 $80,000 $20,000 $80,000 Mid Puget Sound Upper Kelsey Creek Habitat Restoration Project Fisheries Produce design for a large wood and bioengineering project in Kelsey Enhancement Creek to reduce streambank erosion, sedimentation, and improve habitat Group for Chinook and other salmon species. The project will seek to improve Brian Reese the spawning gravels and streambed for Chinook spawning. $56,000 $56,000 $0 $56,000 WRIA 8 Beach Nourishment Project Feasibility and design for two to four beach nourishment projects. Understand which methods work best ecologically and which methods are the least costly over the long run. The objectives of this specific grant King County - proposal are to produce 30% design plans for two to four beach Kollin nourishment projects along the railroad portion of the marine shorelines Higgins of WRIA 8 and a robust monitoring plan. $350,000 $200,000 $150,000 $200,000 Lake Sammamish Chinook and Kokanee Project Identification and Feasibility - Identify ten projects in tributaries and along the shore of Lake Sammamish, and within the Sammamish River that will benefit Chinook and native kokanee. Existing projects in the WRIA 8 Plan and King County - other plans will be evaluated on whether they need more project David St. development (as Ebright Creek #M254) or other improvements that John would benefit Chinook salmon fry as well as native kokanee salmon. $45,000 $45,000 $0 $45,000 Beaux Arts Shoreline Restoration Design (C288B) Feasibility and design project for future restoration of approximately two- thirds of their 1100 feet of Lake Washington shoreline to improve benefits Western for juvenile Chinook. KCD funds would be for final restoration site Academy of design, including final site plan, cross-sections, design details, Beaux Arts - specifications, and plant material list. Funds would also support Joann community meetings to identify and incorporate the community needs Bromberg and ideas into the site. $50,000 $50,000 $0 $50,000 Total Request and Match - Site Specific $2,657,872 $838,708 $1,819,164 $910,297 WRIA 8 SRC Allocation for Site Specific (target is 67% up to 72%; 69% shown) $937,572 $937,572 Excess - based on target allocation $98,864 $27,275 Page 6 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final Studies, Public Outreach and Education Project Total Subcommittee Project Request Match Recommenda- Applicant Proposal Name Cost Amount Funds tions* Salmon Watcher Program 2010-2011 The Salmon Watcher Program continues for its 13th year to provide over 1200 hours of volunteer time and over 6,000 citizen contacts. The program educates and trains watershed residents in salmon life history King County - and identification. Volunteers record salmonid presence information Jennifer semiweekly at stream sites throughout Lake Washington watershed and Vanderhoof the nearshore. $86,425 $36,745 $49,680 $36,745 2010 Cedar River Salmon Journey Since 1998, the Cedar River Salmon Journey (CRSJ) has served over 40,000 people during the annual salmon migration between the Locks and Landsburg Dam when it successfully educates the public about Friends of the salmon protection in the Cedar River basin. The CRSJ recruits 55-60 Cedar River volunteers and trains them for eight key days of public education. Watershed - Volunteers are at the Locks in July/August and along the Cedar River in Sue Rooney October/November. They educate over 5,000 people annually. $94,274 $25,400 $68,874 $25,400 Bear - Evans Streamkeepers To educate urban-suburban landowners to be better stewards of their streams and improve riparian buffers and stream habitat to improve water The Adopt-A- quality in Bear and Evans Creek. Deliver educational materials to all 900 Stream streamside property owners. Write BMPs and project recommendations, Foundation - complete at least three on-the-ground projects with landowners and Jennifer implement riparian restoration projects of 0.25 acres and 20 linear feet of Adams instream habitat enhancement. $91,970 $45,000 $46,970 $45,000 Beach Naturalist Program 2010 (WRIA 8) The Beach Naturalist Program combines three powerful tools for effecting Seattle change: person-to-person communication; hands-on learning; and Aquarium engaging conservation information. In response to Project Subcommittee Society - comments, the program developed a new button for salmon to prompt Kathy Sider questions about salmon and the nearshore environment. Supporting and Janice salmon educational materials were also developed, including recording of Mathisen salmon conservations with public. $88,600 $12,600 $76,000 $12,600 Page 7 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final Project Total Subcommittee Project Request Match Recommenda- Applicant Proposal Name Cost Amount Funds tions* WRIA 8 Rain Garden Training and Installation Project This project will promote the building of rain gardens as an effective means to treat polluted storm water throughout WRIA 8. Train rain garden installers, rain garden-based curriculum materials, and the installation of demonstration Stewardship rain gardens in several locations within WRIA 8. Launches the "1000 Partners - Rain Garden Challenge" - an effort to promote installation of rain gardens David Burger throughout King County in conjunction with collaborative partners. $121,500 $20,000 $101,500 $20,000 Total Studies, Outreach Request $482,769 $139,745 $343,024 $139,745 WRIA 8 SRC Allocation for Studies, Public Outreach and Education (target is 8%) $108,704 $108,704 Shortfall - based on target allocation ($31,041) ($31,041) Monitoring 2010 Outmigrant Trapping in Bear Creek and the Cedar River One of the fundamental needs for salmon conservation is to assess the number of juvenile salmon that are produced in the rivers and streams to evaluate the status of salmon populations and evaluate the overall effect of conservation actions. Due to the high natural variability of salmon populations, multiple years of data are necessary to detect changes in population status with confidence. Juvenile outmigrant trapping will be on the Cedar River and Bear Creek and augmented with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to evaluate the timing of outmigrants King County - and estimate juvenile mortality between spawning grounds and the Hans Berge Locks. 229,000 $178,900 $61,100 $178,900 2010 Chinook Spawning Ground Surveys This project is to expand knowledge of the reproductive life history, geographic and temporal distributions, spawning abundance and hatchery stray rates for Chinook salmon in WRIA 8. Weekly float surveys of the Cedar River from Landsburg dam to the mouth at Renton (redd site location, spawn timing, redd dimensions, and redd superimposition by sockeye salmon). Weekly spawning and carcass surveys of Bear, King County - Cottage Lake, Evans, North, Little Bear, May, Kelsey, Goff, and Issaquah Hans Berge and the East fork of Issaquah Creeks (mid-Sept. to mid-November). 205,310 $129,858 $94,452 $129,858 Monitoring Totals $434,310 $308,758 155,552 $308,758 WRIA 8 SRC Allocation for Monitoring (Target ~25%; current is 22.7%) $308,758 Page 8 KCD – WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee Report 11/7/2012 Final TABLE 1: Summary of 2009 King Conservation District Grants - WRIA 8 Project Applications Project Total Subcommittee Project Request Match Recommenda- Cost Amount Funds tions* 2007 Total KCD Funds $1,358,800 Totals: Project Cost, Request Amount, Match, and Recommendation $3,574,951 $1,287,211 $2,317,740 $1,358,800 Balance ($0) * Note: The Project Subcommittee is recommending increasing the Elliot Bridge Reach Acquisition project amount for KCD funds, and then, for the same amount, decreasing the project request for PSAR funds. 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