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Restoring urban aquatic areas is an essential to salmon recovery in the Puget Sound region. In support of efforts to restore salmon runs, King Conservation District initiated the Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Improvement Program to provide education, technical assistance, and project implementation for urban landowners with properties near freshwater shorelines and riparian habitats. KCD projects focus on invasive species control, water temperature improvement, and erosion and sediment control through management of invasive species and establishment of native plants.

Below is the first in a series of profiles that highlight KCD’s support for urban habitat restoration projects across King County. To learn more about the KCD Urban Shorelines & Riparian Habitat Program contact Rachel Konrady, KCD Urban Shorelines Program Coordinator, at 425-282-1907, or email: Rachel Konrady.

Project Profile

Parr Creek Restoration, City of Bothell

A tributary to the Sammamish River, Parr Creek runs past community sports fields, walking trails, and the North Creek Business Park, which is home to the Bothell campus of Woodinville Montessori School.

In 2012 the Rose Foundation for Communities and Environment awarded a $30,000 grant to the King Conservation District to protect and enhance the stream. To support the project, in 2013 KCD provided the City of Bothell with $20,000 in conservation services for outreach to streamside landowners, and KCD implementation staff led a series of volunteer habitat restoration events.

Key partners in the project include the City of Bothell, Woodinville Montessori, Bothell Business Park Owners Association, Cascadia Environmental Center, King County, RH Wright, Northshore YMCA, and University of Washington Bothell.

Parr Creek runs adjacent to the Woodinville Montessori School and their students are actively involved in habitat monitoring and restoration. Scientists from Cascadia Environmental Center train the students in water quality testing, including comparing Parr Creek test results to tap water and runoff from the school’s parking lot.

In the spring of 2013, King Conservation District and City of Bothell staff held a series of meetings with representatives of more than 20 properties impacted by flooding along Parr Creek. Participating landowners included representatives from the Business Owners Association, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Woodinville Montessori School, and Northshore YMCA.

The meetings resulted in an agreement between the City of Bothell and the business owners to conduct a basin assessment and move forward with habitat restoration prior to conducting flood mitigation activities such as dredging. KCD entered into access agreements with landowners surrounding the project area and proceeded with engaging the community in restoration activities.

King Conservation District and the City of Bothell co-sponsored a series of volunteer events, the most memorable of which was the day 175 Woodinville Montessori School helped plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs in the first phase for the enhancement project.

The plants will shade the creek, creating lower temperatures and improving water quality here and downstream in the Sammamish River. The plants will also improve habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife and will beautify the section of the creek that runs adjacent to trails and ball fields. Two large interpretive signs inform the public about community-wide efforts to enhance and restore Parr Creek.

“Working partnerships are critical to the future of environmental stewardship today,” said Erin Leonhart, City of Bothell Public Works Director. “Bothell is excited to provide hands-on learning opportunities for children and adults in our community in partnership with the King Conservation District, local educators and small business.”

To learn more about the Parr Creek Riparian Enhancement Project, contact Jessica Saavedra, KCD Grant Program Manager, at 425-282-1906, or Email:

Project Profile Parr Creek Restoration (PDF)