Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers for continuing to send us your salmon data. We don't currently have a way to enter your sightings into the database, as King County no longer has staff or funding to support the Salmon Watcher database system. Unfortunately, there is not funding to extract the database from King County to manage for Bothell and Bellevue. Bellevue is looking into alternatives methods for tracking the data, but it would likely not be a web-based solution.
If you'd like to continue sending us your tracking sheets, we will hold on to the data until we know for sure what the future looks like for the Salmon Watcher Program.
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!
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 have two guided tours scheduled for Sept. 23 and 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.