Volunteers place logs in Lynnwood stream to aid salmon

  • Wed Jul 18th, 2012 6:15pm
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By Bill Sheets Herald Writer

LYNNWOOD — The cutthroat trout, coho and chum salmon that call Lund’s Gulch Creek home had some new furniture delivered recently, for free.

Eleven volunteers carried 40 logs down into the wooded gulch, most of which is also Meadowdale County Park, and placed them in the streambed to provide better habitat for the fish. The work was done on July 10.

Four people from the Adopt-a-Stream Foundation, six from EarthCorps, a Seattle-based environmental group, and ranger Doug Dailer of Snohomish County Parks did the heavy lifting, said Tom Murdoch, director of Adopt-a-Stream, based at McCollum Park in south Everett.

Other projects have been done in the past to help the stream. Like many other streams located in urban watersheds, it’s been plagued by erosion and other problems caused when water rushes down the gulch too fast, Murdoch said.

The rooftops, driveways, parking lots and streets in the watershed can’t filter rainwater and it runs into the streams unabated.

“The problems the streams are facing are many,” Murdoch said.

The logs help slow the rushing water and provide pools for fish to rest and feed.

With its salmon and trout, Lund’s Gulch Creek has more fish than two of its neighboring creeks — Perrinville, to the south in Edmonds, and Picnic Point to the north, according to Murdoch.

“We have observed steelhead in the stream in the past,” he said.

Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439; sheets@heraldnet.com.