The Adopt A Stream Foundation is hosting a Bear Creek Watershed Forum 7 p.m. Thursday March 27 at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th in Redmond.
Recent restoration projects will be discussed at the forum plus new steps taken to protect the 12-mile stream that flows from its headwaters near the Paradise Valley Conservation Area in Snohomish County through King County and Redmond before spilling into the Sammamish River and Lake Washington.
Tom Murdoch, the AASF Director said in a news release that Bear Creek is one of the most productive salmon streams connected to the Sammamish River system.
“Chinook, silver, sockeye, and kokanee salmon call Bear Creek home, as do steelhead, resident and sea-run cutthroat trout, sculpin and brook lamprey,” he said.
In hindsight, a state Department of Ecology study shows the creek is suffering from many pollutants like the fecal coliform bacteria and unusually warm water temperatures.
In the past few years, work has been done to improve water habitat and quality, and to bring back declining fish runs.
For details, call 425-316-8592 or visit their website at www.streamkeeper.org.
(Graphic courtesy of Adopt A Stream Foundation)