City of Burien wins award for salmon restoration work at Seahurst Park

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The City of Burien is a 2014 recipient of the Futurewise Livable Community Awards for its work on salmon restoration at Seahurst Park.

In addition to the city, Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9) won awards as well.

“We are honored to share this award with the City of Burien,” said Doug Osterman, WRIA 9 Watershed Coordinator. “We share the city’s enthusiasm for incorporating restoration projects into the fabric of the community, including creating jobs while constructing a more livable and vibrant park for all to enjoy.”

The award recognizes “overall excellence in protecting natural resource areas” for a project or policy where innovative environmental approaches spur economic development and protect natural resource lands.

The Seahurst Park Shoreline Restoration Project has been an ongoing effort with many partners – including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – beginning in 2005, when 3,000 feet of seawall was removed.

Additional work this year includes improving beach access, vegetation planting, and taking out more of the seawall, which will help replenish the beach and nearshore areas of Puget Sound, dramatically improving conditions for juvenile chinook salmon and other fish and wildlife species.

The Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9) is a multi-jurisdictional forum representing 17 local governments within King County working in cooperation with businesses, environmental groups, and state and federal agencies to protect and restore habitat from the Cascade Mountains in the east to Vashon and Maury islands in the west.

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One Response to “City of Burien wins award for salmon restoration work at Seahurst Park”
  1. Lee Moyer says:

    Great job, City of Burien, et al.

    Now lets restore the salmon run in Salmon Creek. It would cost almost nothing to remove the deliberately placed salmon barrier at the mouth. That would open up the lower stretch to spawning salmon. Redoing the culvert under the road would be a substantial cost but it would open up the upper reach that seems to have good spawning conditions.

    I’d bet that opening up Salmon Creek to the salmon would get more bang for the buck for the salmon than the Seahurst Restoration, but there are a lot of other benefits to the restoration that make the project very worthwhile.

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