By Terry Lavender
|Water Tender President Susan Wilkins at Issaquah fish hatchery|
|Salmon docent holding chinook|
|Key Club members help Water Tenders restore riparian|
habitat on a Bear Creek tributary. My daughter Lexie recruited
these volunteers. She's on the Water Tenders Board.
|Key Club members help to restore a Bear Creek tributary|
|Guy Baltzelle (left) and Dick Schaetzel at the Woodinville Library Water Tender Exhibit/ JOHN REINKE|
The public is invited to stop by the Woodinville Library to view the new Water Tender exhibit featuring the behavior and biology of Bear Creek's salmon and fresh water mussels. Water Tenders reach out to educate the community on the value and presence of local salmon and shellfish and monitor the health of their ecosystem. Learn more about the Water Tenders at the library or by visiting their website at www.watertenders.org
Redmond Historical Society: "Bear Creek a small stream east of Seattle – some Redmond residents don’t even know it runs through town ending at the Sammamish River between Marymoor Park and Redmond Town Center -- but Bear Creek is notable for its historically strong runs of wild salmon. In the past half-century those runs have declined, especially that of the threatened Puget Sound Chinook. That trend is sadly common in Northwest waterways, but in this case the decline has been slowed by local efforts to support the fish."
Interview with Shirley Doolittle-Egerdahl -- Water Tender President & Board member with long family history of life at Paradise Lake, the headwaters of Bear Creek.
Interview with Terry Lavender, *Founder of Water Tenders and Board Chair. Terry describes her long experience on Bear Creek working with citizen groups and county officials to preserve and rehabilitate property on and around the creek.
Interview with Mayor John Marchione.
Interview with Dick Schaetzel, past President of Water Tenders (1991.) Very active. Dick's home is 30 feet from Bear Creek.
Interview with Tom Murdock, Executive Director of "Adopt A Stream."
Ray Heller, King County Basin Steward for Bear Creek, 91-93
Written Q&A with Roger Dane C.O.R. Public Works.
Many thanks to the Redmond Historical Society for initiating and publishing "Bear Creek and the Stewards Who Saved a Salmon Stream," 1980 - 2020 (7/13/2021)
-- Bob Yoder, 1/7/2022
|Credit/ Water Tender John Reinke|
"The Bear Creek Basin is an exceptionally natural and healthy environment for our native salmon runs given that it is so close to a major metropolitan area. We want to direct more community involvement into observing the stream habitat and collecting year-round data (such as rainfall, water temperature, stream flow) across the whole Bear Creek Basin. We also want to carefully monitor land use planning by the local government jurisdictions to encourage preservation and protection of our land and water resources."