As many of you probably know by now, the Salmon Watcher program is still in limbo. Several years ago, King County lost the funding necessary to operate and maintain the regional database for salmon sightings, and smaller jurisdictions like ours are unable to do it on our own.
If you are a past Salmon Watcher, we sincerely thank you for your years of service.
We encourage you to continue monitoring the streams and sending us your data sheets each month. The program may be inactive right now, but we don't want to lose any of the valuable information you collect each year in case the program becomes active again sometime in the future.
As always, please continue to let us know whenever you see an illicit discharge by calling our Spill Hotline (24/7) at 425-806-6750. You're helping keep our streams clean!
Want to share your salmon knowledge?
If you're a seasoned salmon watcher and would like to volunteer as a guide during Salmon "SEEson," please contact us with your availability so we can let the community know. We're looking for several volunteers to talk to residents along North Creek, and you pick the date and time. We already one guided tour scheduled for Oct. 14.
History of the Salmon Watcher Program
The Salmon Watcher Program was designed to help residents learn about our local salmon, their habitat, and what we can do to help them. Participating residents attended a training session, signed up to watch a stream near their home or work, and shared their findings with us. The information they gave us played a big part in making local decisions, finding fish barriers, and detecting spills.