EAS to Advise on Marymoor Floodplain Project
A floodplain restoration project getting underway at Marymoor Park in Redmond will have advisory guidance from the Eastside Audubon Conservation Committee.
Committee Chair Pete Marshall and member Linda Sue Thompsen have joined a stakeholders committee for King County’s Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project, which aims to improve habitat in the transition zone between Lake Sammamish and the Sammamish River.
Eastside Audubon has valuable experience with matters affecting birds and their habitat at Marymoor, Pete pointed out. Since 2005, volunteers have spent countless hours developing and maintaining the Audubon BirdLoop immediately east of the waterway targeted by the project.
“Proposed improvements of flood control and environmental conditions in that waterway will inevitably affect bird habitat,” Pete said. “Eastside Audubon's knowledge about birds and stewardship of the BirdLoop area are the basis for its participation in the stakeholders advisory committee."
Correcting Unintended Consequences
The project is intended to redress harmful effects of current flood control techniques and encourage habitat diversity and natural ecological processes. The stakeholders committee will participate in a preliminary design phase expected to reach completion in December, 2014.
EAS friend Michael Hobbs is representing Friends of Marymoor Park on the stakeholders committee, bringing the knowledge he’s gained from birding the park weekly for two decades.
Other committee members include the dog park interest group S.O.D.A., the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps or Engineers, and several lakeside homeowners.
For more background and a site map, visit the Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project page.
Photo: Black-throated Gray Warbler in the Marymoor Park riparian area, by Ollie Oliver