Help Feed Salmon at Carkeek Park

CarkeekWatershed members and 30,000 Chum salmon eggs

There are 30,000 Chum salmon eggs incubating at Carkeek Park right now, and another 35,000 salmon fry will be arriving on January 16! Carkeek Watershed salmon program is in need of volunteers, and lots of them, to help feed these very small salmon.

Support our local ecosystem and help restore wild salmon runs to Carkeek Park! The Carkeek Watershed is in need of volunteers who can offer a once-a-week commitment of 30-45 minutes from January to May to feed the salmon. Volunteers will need to take a 90-minute training; however, no particular experience is necessary. Friends and family are welcome to join you during your volunteer shift. See this link for a basic rundown of what your volunteer duties would entail:

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact the Carkeek Watershed at or 206-235-7431.

New Updates on SPU Projects in Broadview

The 12th Ave NW Basin Drainage Improvement Project will improve the drainage system in parts of west Broadview with severe flooding issues.

SPU plans to reduce storm-related flooding by building new storm system improvements where there are none, to slow runoff and improve flows. The project may use a variety of tools in City of Seattle right-of-way along neighborhood streets to address flooding issues including:

  • Converting ditch-and-culvert flow to a piped system
  • Installing large, underground pipes to hold water and prevent flooding during storms
  • Locating improvements to address priority flooding and allow for future expansion
  • Installing natural drainage cells and bioretention in feasible locations

What’s happening now?

Project design is just getting started and is anticipated to go through mid-2019.

SPU will work with the community throughout design to both share information and collect input on natural drainage systems.

To learn more about the Broadview program, visit:

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Proposed Assisted Living Building

An assisted living facility is proposed to be built on the south side of Holman Road NW between 3rd Ave. NW and 4th Ave. NW.

The proposal is for a five to six story structure containing 95 assisted living units and retail at ground level. Parking for 51 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished.



Design Review Meeting

Date:           Monday, December 4, 2017

Time:           6:30 p.m.

Location:     Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave NW
Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

The design proposal is at

D5 Round 1 in the 2018 Budget!

Congratulations to our new Mayor, Jenny Durkan. While our new Mayor settles in, our Councilmembers are working on 2018 budget. How well is D5 doing?  The folks in Lake City are big winners!

From the desk of Councilmember Debora Juarez: Thank you to those that have been writing in, calling our office and coming out to the budget public hearings. We have had great success in the first round of the budget review and I could not have done it without you!

I have put together a list of all the budget actions that have been included in the Initial Balancing Package. Please keep in mind this is only the first round of budget reviews. Council will be making more changes and I am dedicated to holding on to all the funds that have been allocated so far! In this Initial Balancing Package, we have secured $6,524,910 with $6,205,000 going directly to new District 5 investments! Those new investments include:

  • $5,000,000 for the Lake City Community Center – these funds are the foundation for a larger capital campaign to raise all the money we will need to build a brand new Lake City Community Center. (The Mayors budget also includes $270,000 for staff to manage the current center)
  • **$1,000,000 for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) expansion into the North Precinct – these funds would pay for case managers, a base of operations, a nurse and outreach workers in the North Precinct**
  • $60,000 for senior services – these funds will add another day of service in Lake City and start a new program in Northgate
  • $35,000 for Hubbard Homestead Park – these funds will be for community planning to identify new park improvements to be made in the upcoming years
  • **$60,000 for Aurora Commons to provide services along Aurora Ave North – these funds will go to support low-barrier drop-in services along Aurora to help people find support and stability**
  • $369,910 for food banks citywide – these funds, from the Sweetened Beverage Tax, will go to support food banks across the City including programs like Family Works and North Helpline in District 5
  • Worker Retention – Statement of Legislative Intent – This report back will be used to build worker retention policy for the City of Seattle. I want to make sure workers are protected and have a right to stability when jobs are transferred or subcontracted

I am so proud of this first step and I will be working hard to make sure all these investments make it into the final budget. Below I have listed some additional budget actions I was proud to co-sponsor, and I hope these actions made it into the final budget as well:

  • $150,000 to restore funding for the Summer Parkways Program
  • $500,000 for pedestrian improvements in South Park
  • $69,000 to open up all wading pools during the summer months
  • $138,353 to add 3 staff at Magnuson Community Center
  • $200,000 for Tenant’s Union to conduct tenant education and outreach
  • **$400,000 for Childcare Resource’s homeless childcare program**
  • $200,000 to support teacher workforce diversity and bilingual teacher pipeline
  • **$500,000 for the Youth Opportunity Center and Housing Project in Capitol Hill**
  • $75,000 for the Home and Hope project to identify future affordable housing and early learning locations in Northgate and citywide
  • **$161,000 to fund an additional prescriber for addiction recovery medication at Public Health facilities**
  • $150,000 for a Navigation Team nurse
  • **$550,000 for Community Health Engagement Locations to support people struggling with addiction**
  • **$200,000 for emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence**
  • $150,000 to assist parents to regaining custody of their children
  • **$400,000 for additional services to survivors or domestic violence and sexual assault**
  • $450,000 to support authorized encampments and tiny house villages

Thank you again for all your support so far. Please continue to write us letters and attend Council meetings to advocate for what is important to you and District 5. The next round of budget reviews begins November 7th. The final vote on the budget will be on November 20th and December 11th.

**The funds for these budget additions are from the potential proceeds from the proposed employee hours/employee head tax which has not yet been approved by the Council or the Mayor.

Extended comment time for ADU/Backyard Cottage Environmental Impact Statement

Here’s your opportunity to make comments-

Seattle City Council on ADUEIS (Accessory Dwelling Units EIS)

On October 2, we began the environmental review process to study the effects of removing barriers to creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs), often called in-law units and backyard cottages, in single-family zones. The first phase of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process is to determine the scope of our analysis. Thank you to everyone who has submitted comments with suggestions for what we should consider in our study.

We know there’s a lot of interest in this topic, and we want to make sure we’re hearing from everyone who would like to participate. To give people more time to submit comments on our alternatives and proposed scope, we are extending the scoping comment period 15 days to November 16. We have also published the comments received as of October 30 through the online comment form, by email, and at the two scoping meetings. (We are still reviewing comments and may not have posted every comment received to date; we will post all submitted comments with the final scoping report.)

What are we proposing?

ADUs are small, secondary dwelling units inside, attached to, or in the rear yard of a single-family house. The objectives of our proposal are to:

  • make it easier for property owners to permit and build ADUs and backyard cottages
  • increase the number and variety of housing choices available in single-family zones
  • encourage creation of small-scale, family-friendly homes affordable to a range of households

The proposal we’re studying involves allowing both an attached and detached ADU on the same lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of backyard cottages. Based on a decision from the City’s Hearing Examiner in December 2016, this EIS will review the potential environmental impacts of the proposal.

What is scoping?

Before we begin the environmental analysis, the scoping phase is a chance to hear your ideas for the alternatives and types of impacts we should focus on. Scoping is not when we consider whether to implement certain policy changes — that occurs after we’ve completed the EIS process, and you’ll have opportunities to weigh in on the proposal then.

You can send us a scoping comment in several ways:

For more information about the ADUs, backyard cottages, and the EIS process, visit

Thank you for being involved in this project.

Aly Pennucci and Nick Welch

Salmon are Returning to Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park

Fall is here, and salmon are returning to Piper’s Creek and Venema Creek in Carkeek Park.  And the leaf color at the park is at its peak this week.

Piper’s Creek annual salmon watching events:

Dates: Weekends November 4 to December 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Sunday, November 19 with special activities, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle
Contact: For information, email

salmon in Venema Creek (Carkeek Park)See hundreds of returning chum and coho make their way into Piper’s Creek atCarkeek Park throughout November and December. On weekends during the return, Salmon Stewards greet guests by the creek to explain the salmon’s life cycle, habitat, and human influence on both.

Confirm and report salmon sightings, and interact with community members on Facebook or

Welcome the Salmon Home to Piper’s Creek
Sunday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle 98177

All ages are invited for activities to welcome the salmon home. Celebrate with hot drinks, music, good food, and activities throughout the park. Volunteer Salmon Stewards will be on hand to answer questions.

Sponsored by:The Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP), Seattle Public Utilitiesand Seattle Parks’ Environmental Learning Centers.

For more details call 206-733-9697, email, or visit Facebook: or

Bus Routes:

Metro Bus Route 28 or RapidRide D Line are the closest to Carkeek.

Related Carkeek events:


Salmon SEEson map – Salmon SEEson calendar

Video Voters’ Guide for King County

There is an online set of videos presenting two minute candidate statements.  Information about the voters’ guide and links are below.

Ballots for the Nov. 7 general election arrive in mailboxes this week, and with the launch of the 2017 general election Video Voters’ Guide, voters can hear directly from the candidates for city of Seattle and King County offices.

The non-partisan video guide offers candidates on the ballot up to two minutes to issue a prepared statement that outlines the key planks of their platform. The captioned video segments are unedited and published online and broadcast on local television. The candidates appear onscreen in the same order as they do on the ballot.

The Seattle portion of the guide includes candidates for Seattle mayor, city attorney, the two at-large Seattle City Councilseats elected citywide (Position 8 and  9), and three positions on the Seattle School Board (District 45and 7).  The King County portion of the guide features candidates for King County executiveKing County sheriff, two contested seats on the King County Council(Position and 9), and three positions on the Port of Seattle Commission (Position 13and 4). It also includes information about King County Proposition 1, which proposes to continue the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy.

“The Video Voters’ Guide brings to life the candidates and the issues in a convenient and accessible format,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel’s interim general manager. “Working with our partners, we’re pleased to provide this comprehensive set of candidate statements which offers another vantage point for voters.”

Ballots in the vote-by-mail general election must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 7 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. that day.

Practice Drop, Cover and Hold at the 2018 Great ShakeOut

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to
Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

For more information on how to get prepared for the next earthquake, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management website

* If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/19, you can select another day when you register

Public Outreach Section

Office of Emergency Management

City of Seattle | Seattle Police Department

105 5th Avenue South, Suite #300; Seattle, WA 98104


Get Ready for Major Rain and Wind Events

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain and maybe windy conditions Tuesday through Thursday Oct. 17 – 19, and again Saturday Oct. 21.  Be prepared — clean gutters and drains, and have supplies for a possible electricity outage.

Below are excerpts from today’s 8:39 AM forecast discussion.  You can access NWS forecasts for Seattle online.

Today really is a good day to make preparation for the upcoming
stormy pattern…like making sure gutters are clean, drains are
cleared of any early fall leaves, lawn furniture is brought in,
etc. The weather will go down hill on Monday night as the front to
the northwest approaches the area.

Tuesday will be wet and breezy as the front moves southeast
across the area during the day.

Looks like a stormy fall day on tap for Wednesday, probably requiring the
eventual issuance of wind- related and possibly flood-related
watches, warnings, or advisories. A jet streak will develop in the
base of an upper trough over the Gulf of Alaska. As the jet noses
into B.C., it will push a strong warm front inland on Tuesday
night. This will bring a new round of heavy rain, though the ECMWF
hold heavy rain off until Wed morning. Southeast gradients will
become tight on Wednesday, supporting windy conditions. Windiest
weather will be in southeast-wind prone areas, such as the coast
and areas from Everett north through the islands and Bellingham.
Statistical guidance from the GFS and ECMWF show sustained winds
at Whidbey Island reaching 34 knots and 31 knots respectively. The
first such wind event of the autumn is commonly more impactful
than a similar event later in the season, after nature`s tree
trimmer has already been through a few times. As for rain, models
are developing a consensus in keeping heaviest rain over the
windward Olympic Mtns and North Cascades. The 06z GFS shows
24-hour rain totals as high as 8 inches over the northwest Olympic
Mtns as of 11 pm Wed. The official NWS forecast has 6.5″ at this
wettest location during the same 24 hours. Currently looking for
3-4 inches over the North Cascades. The interior lowlands
currently forecast to range from 0.75″ south of Olympia to near 2″
around Bellingham. See the hydrology section for more impacts.

An upper trough will make headway off the eastern Pacific, pushing
a cold front through Western Washington on Thursday. Once it
passes, the atmospheric river type weather should ease. Cool and
showery post-frontal conditions will prevail on Friday.

Yet another strong, consolidated jet will nose into the Pac NW and
B.C. next Saturday. Looks like this will be another atmospheric
river setup for heavy rain. With 850 mb southwest winds of 40-60
kt, should be windy too. Haner