Cutthroat and Coho Salmon being moved during construction at Juanita Creek

The Watershed Company’s fisheries biologists Greg Johnston, left, and Sarah Sandstrom on July 21 capture fish—mainly Cutthroat and Coho Salmon—from Juanita Creek before construction crews de-water a short section of it near 100th Avenue Northeast and 129th Place Northeast. Johnston and Sandstrom captured more than 400 fish Tuesday—about 200 Cuttthroat Trout, 135 Coho Salmon and several other species.  

They distributed them 50 feet upstream and 50 feet downstream of the area from where they had collected them. The effort is part of the City of Kirkland’s capital project to rebuild the Juanita Creek rockery, a failing retaining wall that has allowed creek water to undermine the stream bank and the road. Crews need an empty creek bed to build the wall. To achieve that, Kirkland’s contractor will temporarily divert this short section of Juanita Creek into a pipe.