History of Salmon in Piper’s Creek Watershed

Salmon programs at Carkeek Park began with the formation of the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP) in 1979.  To this very day, CWCAP consists of many individuals and groups dedicated to education, watershed improvement, community stewardship, and public engagement around the imprinting, rearing, release, and return of adult Chum salmon in the Pipers Creek Watershed. Piper’s Creek and its tributaries have not been able to sustain natural salmon runs since perhaps 1927. It wasn’t until 1979 that a committed and sustained effort was undertaken to restore the creek system and push for reforms to storm water management practices — an entire watershed approach to restoration and management — with the goal of restoring water quality and returning salmon to the park and community. For a brief history of Carkeek Park and the how the original salmon run in the Piper’s Creek Watershed became locally extinct, visit this Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife page.

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