In 1999 Puget Sound chinook were listed as threatened by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the Endangered Species Act. Bellevue has a history of protecting salmon habitat and is actively involved in local and regional efforts to recover chinook. To see where salmon are spawning in Bellevue now, click here.
Bellevue’s efforts to recover salmon at the regional level:
- Participation in Lake Washington-Cedar-Sammamish watershed (WRIA 8) planning. Bellevue is located in the central portion of this watershed--Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 8.
- Working with a coalition called Shared Strategy made up of 14 different watersheds (including WRIA 8) in Puget Sound. Shared Strategy engages local citizens, tribes, technical experts and policy makers to build a practical, cost-effective salmon recovery plan endorsed by the people living and working in the watersheds of Puget Sound.
- Along with 26 other local jurisdictions, notified and submitted a draft regional plan to National Marine Fisheries Service in late 2005. To review the plan, visit the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound website.
Bellevue’s efforts to recover salmon at the city level:
See Stream Team for information about how you can help salmon at the city level.
- Continued investments in ongoing salmon habitat improvements, such as revegetation projects, erosion control, and culvert and weir renovation for easier salmon passage.
- Restoration of wetlands and stream channels.
- Changes in daily city operations, such as road maintenance, to be more fish friendly.
- Documentation of salmon sightings and spawning locations.
- Stream and shoreline mapping completed.
- A biodiversity monitoring program to protect salmon through an adaptive management strategy.