As a resident of Bothell or even as someone who likes spending time in Bothell, you have the opportunity to participate in the development of the Sammamish River Capital Investment Strategy (CIS). This strategy aims to address flood risks, protect fish and wildlife habitat, and meet the needs of local residents. King County is seeking input from the community through a survey, and your feedback will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the Sammamish River.
The Sammamish River holds great significance for Bothell and the surrounding area. Stretching 14 miles from Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington, the river passes through various communities, including ours. Over the years, our city has experienced growth, and the river has become a popular location for recreational activities such as walking, biking, fishing, and boating. However, some of the recent development has had negative effects on the river’s health.
Many of us use the Sammamish River for recreation. Hiking on the Burke-Gilman Trail, enjoying watersports along the river all the while enjoying the wildlife that comes with having a healthy river. Man and nature CAN coinhabit areas, but it takes work. Great local companies like What’s Sup Stand-Up Paddle and Surf are super conscious of this delicate balance and are advocates for maintain the river.
It is important to recognize that the Sammamish River is part of the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish People, adding cultural and historical value to the area. The decline of the Kokanee salmon, which once served as an important food source and cultural symbol for the Coast Salish, is concerning. Changes in land use have contributed to the degradation of the river, affecting the overall habitat for fish and wildlife.
By participating in the survey and providing your insights, you have the opportunity to contribute to the efforts aimed at preserving and restoring the Sammamish River. Your input will help guide future projects to mitigate flood risks, improve the river’s health, and ensure the well-being of fish and wildlife populations.
Please, take the time to do this quick survey. We all want change and our thoughts taken into account, well Bothell, here is your chance. If you love the ability to boat, bike and walk along the Sammamish River, this is an important survey to take: