A stream runs through itCreek restoration already showing signs of success BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Several years ago Snohomish County Surface Water started to restore the main stem of Lundeen Creek, the creek that runs into Lake Stevens at Lundeen Park.
After the City of Lake Stevens annexed that area the City and the County entered into an interlocal agreement to continue restoration of the creek.
“It was a partnership that we felt was worthy and is now nearing completion,” Arnie Clark of Lake Stevens Public Works said.
“Over the years the creek had turned into a tiny ditch, which made it hard for the Kokanee salmon to move and spawn,” Peggy Campbell of Snohomish County Surface Water said.
However, after extensive work and a tremendous amount of man-hours the creek has a new stream channel and the Kokanee are already spawning.
“Kokanee are getting up in places that they had not seen in sometime, so that was physical evidence that the stream restoration was successful,” Clark said. “It was taking a stream that had been long neglected and restoring it to a pristine condition with immediate results.”
Snohomish County Surface Water was also impressed with how quickly the salmon adapted to the change.
“We were thrilled and amazed that they went into this stream channel,” Campbell said.
“They certainly weren’t anticipating success this quickly,” Clark added.
Last Saturday. Dec.1 volunteers gathered to continue the work by doing riparian planting along the banks of the stream.
This was a concerted effort by many organizations and a great example of the City of Lake Stevens and Snohomish County working together to create a partnership for the good of the environment.
“I am very pleased with the results and it shows a great partnership with the county,” Clark said.