Seventh Annual Fun Run

We held our annual Fun Run/Walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday, September 29.  Thanks to everyone who ran or walked and contributed to our efforts to save Lake Sammamish Kokanee.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped to make this event a success!  Thanks to our sponsors!
 
See below for information on upcoming restoration events! 
 

Candidates Forum - October 24
 Instead of our usual meeting, we will be hosting a candidates forum.  We will be inviting candidates from the 1st, 8th and 9th congressional races as well as legislative candidates from the 5th, 41st, 45th and 48th legislative districts. 
Come to this meeting, meet the candidates and get informed about candidates' positions on the issues facing us. Get ready for the general election in November!
 
The meeting will be held at the Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse at 35 W Sunset Way in Issaquah, beginning at 7 pm.
 
Note:  There will be no meeting on Wednesday, October 17, which would be the normal monthly meeting date.  The candidate's forum is replacing the normal monthly meeting. 
 

Snoqualmie Tribe Fall Restoration Events

The Snoqualmie Tribe has several restoration events that are open to all chapter members.  These events are focused on restoration of habitat that will be beneficial to fish populations in our area. 
 
All of these events will take place on Saturdays, from 10:00 to 2:00.  Upcoming events are as follows:
  • October 27 - Zacuse Creek
  • November 3 - Sammamish River Trail
  • November 17 - Three Forks Natural Area
  • December 1 - Fall City Farms
For more information, please contact Alex Harwell, Outreach Coordinator at alex.harwell@snoqualmietribe.us or (425) 229-2120.
 
The Zackuse Creek event on October 27 will continue work to restore Zackuse Creek. This is a chance to plant trees and shrubs to restore the riparian forest along the creek. The goal is to improve habitat for salmon and other wildlife for many generations to come.
 
If you wish to participate, dress for the weather and bring boots or shoes that you don't mind getting muddy.  Tools and snacks will be provided.  To RSVP or get more information, contact Alex Harwell. 

Kokanee Recovery Lake Sammamish


Chapter Activities

Our chapter is involved in many activities that range from social events, meetings, fishery enhancements and environmental improvement.  Some of these activities are listed below -
  • Chapter meetings at the Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse,
  • Monthly board meetings (all members are welcome!)
  • Annual Fun Run at Lake Sammamish State Park,
  • Annual Perch Derby at Lake Sammamish,
  • Issaquah Salmon Days booth,
  • Fishing outings,
  • Kokanee Fry Trapping/Counting,
  • Candidates' Forum,
  • Fishout at Lake Langlois Lake in conjuction with Project Healing Waters,
  • Annual fly casting clinic,
  • Habitat restoration events, in cooperation with the Snoqualmie Tribe and others,
  • Kokanee weir operation (need volunteers now!)
Volunteers are needed in order to make these activities successful.  Come to the monthly meetings to learn more about these activities and how/when to volunteer!

Join Trout Unlimited
People joining Trout Unlimited for the first time, can join at a reduced rate of only $17.50.  For more information and to sign up, click here.
 

 Chapter Fundraising Opportunities
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon, you can take advantage of community support programs for qualifying non-profits (like Trout Unlimited.)
 
If you shop at Fred Meyer, you can sign up at the Community Rewards Program.  Just provide your Fred Meyer card number (not a credit card) or the alternate ID you use to  get their reward and fuel points.  You will be asked for the number of the organization that you want to support.  Use 91163 for our chapter.
 
If you shop at Amazon, go to  amazonsmiles.com.  Just walk through the signup process and identify Issaquah-Bellevue Trout Unlimited.  Once you sign up, 0.50% of what you spend will come back to the chapter.nteers now!)
 

Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

To learn about this project and how it can affect the Kokanee in Lake Sammamish, click here.
 
Nils Cowan, who works for KCTS television on the EarthFix program, has written an article and produced a video about the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.  To read his article and see the video, click here.

Board Meetings 

Board Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month.  At the board meetings, business of the chapter is discussed including budgets, projects, outings and spending items.  All members are invited to attend.
 
Meeting time is 7:00 pm and the location is the Rogue Ales Brewhouse in Issaquah. 
 

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NEWS 

 
Chemicals from tires are suspected in causing deaths of Coho Salmon in Puget Sound area streams. 
 
Here's a good article about experimental work being done to establish a sustainable fishery in Morro Bay, California.  To read the article, click here. 
 
Here's an article about the evidence of climate change on the Big Hole River in Montana.  To read the article, click here.  
 
 Here's an article in the Bellevue Reporter about the low returns of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To read the article, click here.
 
You can view Chris Wood's 2017 State of Trout Unlimited address at - http://www.vimeo.com/238398505
 
Here's a report on Scott Pruitt's (head of EPA) meeting with the CEO of the company who wants to develop the Pebble Mine.  To read the report, click here
 
Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited has responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  To read his response, click here.
 
National monuments to be reviewed per President Trump executive order.  For more information, click here.

Kokanee

Here's a great article in the Issaquah Reporter about the Kokanee fry release ceremony at Confluence Park in Issaquah.  To read, click here. 
 
To view a video describing the problems caused by culverts on salmon spawning streams - click here
 
.Our chapter is a member of the Kokanee Work Group (KWG), a collaborative group trying to identify the causes of the decline of native Kokanee in Lake Sammamish.  To see what the KWG  is doing , click here.
 
David Kyle, along with Chris Gregerson from King County have installed Remote Stream Incubators on Zackuse and Idylwood Creeks.  To read David's summary of this project, click here. 
 
Here's an article and video about the urban wildlife refuge being created at Lake Sammamish that will benefit the little red fish. To read, click here. 
 
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the State of Washington must remove or repair culverts that are blocking fish passage.  To see what culverts in our area are involved, click here.
 
The Issaquah Reporter has a great article about this year's run of Kokanee. To read it, click here

Here's an article in the Issaquah Press about Wally Pereya. To read the article, click here

To view a video of the 5th annual kokanee fry release ceremony, click here

Take a look at the Kokanee Recovery Strategic Timeline. To view, click here


Steelhead

 For information on TU's Wild Steelhead Initiative, click here.
 
The design for the Steelhead license plate is complete and the plates can be purchased beginning in January of 2017.  For more information, click here.
 
Here's a great op-ed by John Luthanen from the North Sound chapter of TU regarding a wild steelhead fishery on the Skagit River.  To read, click here.
 
Here's an animated video that vividly describes the difficulties that three steelhead encountered as they attempted to return to their native stream.  To view,
 
 Watch a video named Chrome that talks about the looming threats of climate change and ocean acidification on the survival of steelhead. Click here.
  
Watch this King 5 video about the work being done by the USGS to determine the possible role of parasites on steelhead survival.  Click here.  

NOAA Fisheries has reached the final determination on early run steelhead hatcheries on five streams, For more information,click here

 
To read an Op Ed in the Seattle Times regarding a steelhead recovery plan, click here