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October 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Restoration at Little Bear Creek in Woodinville opens door to more suitable salmon habitat

The salmon migrating back to Lake Washington will now have easier access on their spawning pathway to a creek in Woodinville.

The Adopt A Stream Foundation is celebrating the removal of three large culverts that blocked salmon access on Little Bear Creek.

The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Little Bear Creek, adjacent to the Woodinville Wine Cellars, 17721 132nd Ave. N.E. in Woodinville.

Before the project completion there was three 80-foot long, and five-feet in diameter concrete steeply sloped pipes that prevented salmon from moving upstream during low and high flow water conditions.

The funding provided through the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Grant was made possible by the Puget Sound Partnership and Salmon Recovery Funding Board and City of Woodinville Public Works Dept. and Washington State Dept. of Transportation.

The barrier at the mouth of Little Bear Creek was completely removed, and the channel and banks were restored to natural condition, which includes more than 1,000 native plants. The area now opens up more than 28 miles of habitat for chinook, sockeye and coho salmon.

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