Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers that continue to send us your salmon data. We don't currently have a way to enter your sightings into the database, as King County had to shut it down once they lost WRIA-8 funding. King County does not have someone internally to support the system, and it is too expensive to extract the database from the County to manage for Bothell and Bellevue. Bellevue is looking into alternatives methods for tracking the data, but it will likely not be a web-based solution.
If you'd like to continue sending us your tracking sheets, we will hold on to them until we know for sure what the future looks like for the Salmon Watchers program.
History of the Salmon Watchers program
The Salmon Watchers program was designed to help residents learn about our local salmon, their habitat, and what we can do to help them. To participate, residents attended a training session, signed up to watch a stream near their home or work, and shared their findings with us. The information you gave us played a big part in making local decisions, finding fish barriers, and detecting spills.
Each fall, salmon make the long trek to spawn in streams and rivers across the Puget Sound region. Consider taking a few minutes to watch their extraordinary journey by checking out one of more than a dozen locations around the area where you can see fish. Some locations may even have volunteers on hand to help you spot the fish and to answer your questions.
Local salmon experts Orlay Johnson and Jim Myers explain the challenges and triumphs of salmon in North Creek.
Video credit: Laura Howard, Miami University, 2016