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Sammamish River & Waynita Creek Restoration
Council directed staff to proceed with preliminary design for Alternative 4, while also maintaining flexibility with design options that will prioritize salmon habitat. Our consultants created a folio summarizing the elements of Alternative 4.
Click image to open the folio as a PDF.
Project staff would like to extend gratitude to the Bothell community, Council, City leadership, and our consultants at Jacobs for your role in advancing this exciting project into its next phase!
Click each tab below for a brief overview of the project, then learn about the original set of design alternatives.
- What does this project include?
- What is the goal of this project?
- Why is this project necessary?
- What has been happening?
- What is happening next?
The Sammamish River & Waynita Creek Restoration project includes stream and wetland habitat restoration for the east side of the former Wayne Golf Course property.
It includes 1,000 linear feet of the south bank of the Sammamish River along with the mouth and lower reach of Waynita Creek, and reconnection with unnamed tributaries and wetlands in the confluence area to address fish refuge and water temperature.
Project boundary map (click to enlarge)
The goal of the project is to select a preferred alternative design that will improve habitat and rearing opportunities for salmon, while also providing cold water refuge from warm in-stream temperatures during salmon migration.
Future trail connection and passive open space use improvements through the restoration are not included in the project scope or grant funding. Other important elements outside the scope of this project will be considered through the Parks and Recreation Master Planning process listed in the Parks PROS Plan and the 2023-2029 Capital Facilities Plan (CFP).
The Sammamish River channel has been modified from its historic conditions and the habitat suffers from a combination of fish passage issues, disconnected and degraded riparian habitat and side channels, and lack of cool-water refuge ponds. Fish habitat and water quality are impacted by the current conditions.
US EPA and the State Department of Ecology have identified concerns with water temperature and dissolved oxygen in the Sammamish River through Bothell.
Learn more about water quality in Bothell streams and rivers.
As part of the design phase for the salmon habitat portion of the Former Wayne Golf Course, City of Bothell staff and consultants conducted field work and gathered data near Waynita Creek and along the Sammamish River. Some of the tasks they worked on included:
- Monitoring groundwater wells for information about the mixing of groundwater and surface water in the area.
- Measuring surface water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and nutrients levels.
- Surveying the land and stream topography within the project boundaries.
- Assessing fish culverts upstream of the study area.
The project team also held stakeholder briefings in fall 2022 to gain technical insight and priorities from groups such as King County, Watershed Resource Inventory Area 8 (WRIA 8), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), OneBothell, Whale Scout, Beavers Northwest, UW Bothell, City Council, and the City of Bothell Parks Board.
After completing data collection, the City's consultant team developed four design alternatives using site specific information. The alternatives were compared to one another using a scoring matrix based on criteria, and a Preferred Alternative was selected to be recommended for the next steps in the design process.
Once the four design alternatives were developed, we shared them with the community through a virtual open house and comment period from November 1 - 30, 2022. We also invited the community to a virtual meeting on November 17 to answer their questions about each of the alternatives.
After the open house and comment period ended and we reviewed all the feedback we received, next we presented the information at the December 6, 2022 Bothell City Council meeting. Staff requested that Council determine which design alternative to move forward with into the next phase of the design process. Council directed staff to proceed with preliminary design for Alternative 4 (the Preferred Alternative), while also maintaining flexibility with design options that will prioritize salmon habitat. Watch the presentation and City Council meeting.
Outreach Efforts During Conceptual Design Phase
Virtual Open House, Community Meeting, and Comment Period
November 1 - 30, 2022
We held a virtual open house, community meeting, and comment period during the month of November 2022. Although the comment period is over, you can still visit the virtual open house to learn about each of the four design alternatives for the salmon habitat portion of the Former Wayne Golf Course. You'll also learn about the project timeline, constraints, features for each alternative, and scoring method that helped determine the Preferred Alternative.
City staff and its consultant held a community meeting through Zoom from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on November 17, 2022. Thank you to all who attended and provided questions and comments. If you missed the meeting, you can view the recording on YouTube or by clicking the image below.
What's happening next?
Direction from City Council
We invite you to watch our presentation at the December 6, 2022 Bothell City Council meeting. Staff requested that Council determine which design alternative to move forward with into the next phase of the design process. Council directed staff to proceed with preliminary design for Alternative 4, while also maintaining flexibility with design options that will prioritize salmon habitat.
Page updated June 6, 2023