A feasibility study and management plan for restoring Fauntleroy Creek in Seattle, Washington

Sax, Stephen
Michael Simpson, MS
Department of Environmental Studies
The objective of this paper is to present a management plan to enhance the habitat of Fauntleroy creek so it can be used to coho salmon and cutthroat trout. The creek is in an urbanized area has several unique characteristics, making it an excellent candidate for restoration. These include excellent water quality, historically it was used by fish, most of the land surrounding the creek is owned by the city, it had limited access and flows through its original channel. The creek is being negatively impacted from erosion and human made alterations. These need to be mitigated to better support salmonids through a long term habitat management plan. The paper outlines the existing conditions of the creek and watershed and history of the area which are necessary to help determine restoration activities. It then identifies impacts to the watershed, discusses limiting factors to salmonid use, and describes the environmental conditions beneficial for enhancing fish habitat. This paper surveys the short term restoration activities that have occurred to date by community and government organizations, and summarizes the need for a long term habitat restoration plan. The plan includes recommended options funding and implementation and a time line for these activities. Government agencies, community organizations, and interested and concerned citizens will be able to use this information and the management plan as a tool for improving and enhancing the Fauntleroy Creek Watershed.

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