Kokanee are Using the Newly Completed Culvert on East Lake Sammamish Parkway at Ebright Creek

Release Date: December 21, 2021
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The Ebright Creek Fish Passage Project was prioritized by Sammamish City Council to support the important recovery of native Kokanee Salmon. Coordination with King County and the Kokanee Work Group led to securing funds for the project which was awarded over $400,000 in grants through the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board and the King County Flood Control District’s Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program.


About Ebright Creek Fish Passage Project

Construction started in July 2021 and, although the team encountered some challenges, like delivery delays and costly soil contamination from old road work, the project was successfully finished on October 15, 2021. The project includes a fully fish passable box culvert, 19 pieces of large woody material and over 40 boulders to create pools and habitat for spawning fish, and more than 500 native plants to restore the floodplain and create shade.

Learn more about the project here: https://connect.sammamish.us/ebright-creek


Thank You and Special Acknowledgments

A BIG thank you to the residents of Sammamish for your continued support while we work to recover the native Kokanee Salmon through the restoration of Zackuse (finished 2018), Ebright (finished 2021), and soon George Davis (anticipated 2023) Creeks.


In addition, the City would like to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals for their contribution to the success of this project:


Partner Organizations

  • Kokanee Work Group
  • Muckleshoot Tribe
  • Snoqualmie Tribe
  • WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
  • Johansen Construction Company
  • KBA, Inc.
  • Osborn Consulting, Inc.
  • Sammamish Plateau Water


Funding Organizations

  • Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board
  • King County Flood Control District – Cooperative Watershed Management Grant


Property owner

  • Wally Pereyra


City Staff

  • Jeff Elekes, Director of Public Works
  • Toby Coenen, Senior Stormwater Program Manager
  • Stephanie Sullivan, Senior Stormwater Engineer