Thank you for your interest in Bellevue’s Watershed Management Plan. Although the City does not have the authority to manage wildlife, the mission for the City’s stormwater management is to provide a surface water system that controls damage from storms, protects surface water quality, supports fish & wildlife habitat, and protects the environment.
The City’s Utilities Department implements an Environmental Monitoring Program to collect information about stream health. The Environmental Monitoring Program uses the specific environmental indicators (macroinvertebrates, resident fish, salmon spawning, water quality, hydrology, and physical stream habitat) to inform management actions, identify stream health concerns, and assess restoration projects.
Because this is program is managed by Utilities, it does not include assessments for terrestrial wildlife species, but the program does monitor adult salmon returning to Coal Creek and physical stream attributes such as stream edge habitat and spawning habitat throughout the City. Macroinvertebrates and resident fish data also helps inform about the condition of our local food webs for wildlife and terrestrial ecosystems.
Bellevue Utilities also gathers general information about New Zealand mudsnails, an aquatic invasive species that threatens Bellevue’s streams. For more information on invasive aquatic species and preventing the spread of these species, please visit the City’s website here. Bellevue Parks manages noxious vegetation in the City's forests and parks. These are species that are non-native to an environment and will outcompete native species and reduce the amount of quality habitat available for birds and other wildlife. There are many volunteering opportunities at Bellevue focused on the environment, such as weekly restoration work parties and noxious weed removal.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is the agency with authority to manage wildlife. WDFW manages a database and map on Priority Habitats and Species (PHS), available to view online here. This information helps landowners and developers design projects that conserve habitat and species and helps local governments decide where to focus habitat conservation efforts. The City coordinates with WDFW on planning efforts and programs to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
For more information on habitat recovery and protection, please visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website here. Thank you again for your interest. Please feel free to contact me should you have additional questions.
Leah Mikulsky, Environmental Project Planner