Bellevue Watershed Management Plan

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Bellevue’s streams, lakes and wetlands breathe life into our city – offering space for us to connect, learn and appreciate our natural surroundings. Bellevue has more than 80 miles of streams that are home to salmon and many other types of fish and wildlife.

As our city grows, we need to act to protect our waterways. The City of Bellevue is developing a 20-year Watershed Management Plan to improve the health of our streams for people and wildlife.

We need your input to develop an effective plan. You can get involved and help make an impact on our stream health in a few ways:



Learn more about the project on the "About the Project" tab below



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Bellevue’s streams, lakes and wetlands breathe life into our city – offering space for us to connect, learn and appreciate our natural surroundings. Bellevue has more than 80 miles of streams that are home to salmon and many other types of fish and wildlife.

As our city grows, we need to act to protect our waterways. The City of Bellevue is developing a 20-year Watershed Management Plan to improve the health of our streams for people and wildlife.

We need your input to develop an effective plan. You can get involved and help make an impact on our stream health in a few ways:



Learn more about the project on the "About the Project" tab below



Sign up for email updates to learn about upcoming engagement opportunities


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Do you have questions about the plan? Feel free to share in this forum - or email watershedplan@bellevuewa.gov anytime. We will do our best to respond to your questions in a timely manner. Please note that this site is not monitored 24/7. 

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    The watershed shown as 'small lake washington watershed' is comprised of at least 3 distinct watersheds. It strikes me that the assessment and treatments for these areas might be very different and that these should be evaluated individually. In addition, the northernmost component of that small lake watersheds is part of the much larger Yarrow Creek watershed which extends beyond Bellevue's boundaries. It strikes me that watershed evaluations need to consider the entire watershed (even if it extends beyond the city's jurisdiction) and consider the context of the components that are within the city's jurisdiction. Only with that larger perspective can Bellevue make the appropriate planning and implementation decisions for the portion of the watershed within their jurisdiction.

    Phil Bloch asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Phil,

    Thank you for your interest in Bellevue’s Watershed Management Plan. You raise good points.

    To help the City identify the unique conditions of each watershed, the project is divided into stages.  In the first stage, the project team will characterize and assess the City’s watersheds, producing four watershed assessment reports for each of the following: Small Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Coal Creek, and Greater Kelsey Creek. 

    You are correct: each of these larger watershed groupings is made up of multiple sub-watersheds. In the case of the Small Lake Washington Watershed there are five sub-watersheds: Yarrow Creek, Meydenbauer Creek, the Clyde Beach area, Beaux Arts area, and Lakehurst area. 

    Within the Small Lake Washington Watershed Assessment Report (to be completed by the end of the year) we will be looking at each sub-watershed individually. The project team is also reaching out to the jurisdictions that are part of these sub-watersheds –Kirkland, Beaux Arts, and Clyde Hill – to work together on plans for improving steam health.

    Again, thank you for your interest.  Please feel free to contact me should you have additional questions.

    Jerry Shuster, Senior Engineer
    watershedplan@bellevuewa.gov


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