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Auburn Environmental Park Expansion, Wetland Boardwalklinks to external site

Summary: The wetland boardwalk project entailed the AEP Entrancedesign and construction of an approximately 1,200-foot ADA-accessible wetland trail and elevated wooden boardwalk and the restoration of 2.4 acres of wetland habitat. Its features include boardwalk observation areas, interpretive signage, bicycle racks, benches and picnic tables, and parking area improvements at the park's Western Avenue entrance. Over 2,500 native wetland trees and shrubs were planted as part of the habitat restoration element of the project.

Location: Auburn Environmental Park, 413 Western Avenue NW
Status: Completed 2012

Partners: Washington Recreation and Conservation Office • Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program • Washington Conservation Corps • AHBL • Landau Associates, Inc. • Segale Properties, Auburn Regional Medical Center • Fred Meyer Stores • Soroptomist International of Auburn • IBS, Inc. • GFWC Sokico • Auburn Chevrolet • Parametrix • Uline • Len and Linda Elliott • Councilmember Bill and Joyce Peloza • LMI Aerospace, Inc. • Auburn High School DECA Club • Auburn High School InterAct Club • Hoffman Construction • Community Volunteers


Auburn Environmental Park Wetland RestorationBack to top

Summary: This project is an ongoing effort to AEP volunteersrestore the approximately 200 acre area to include natural wetland features and offer habitat to native plants and animals. The area is the center of many environmental projects including the removal of invasive plant species, planting of native species, habitat feature installments, stream restoration, and more.

Visit the AEP Photo Gallery

Location: Auburn Environmental Park, 413 Western Avenue NW
Status: Ongoing project 


Green River, Fenster Levee Setback Phase 1links to external siteBack to top

Summary: The first phase of the Fenster Phase 1 Levee RemovalFenster project included the design and construction of a levee setback on the Green River to provide salmon habitat and flood storage benefits. Approximately 700 linear feet of existing rock levee were removed from the left (west) bank of the river, to reconnect the river with a portion of its historic floodplain. A new buried rock revetment was constructed approximately 200 feet from the river's edge to maintain flood protection for existing homes and infrastructure. Project features included removal of invasive species, excavation of an off-channel backwater, revegetation using native plants, and installation of 60 pieces of large wood with root wads along the shoreline.

Location: Fenster Nature Park, 2033 4th St SE
Status: Completed 2008

Partners: Washington Recreation and Conservation Office • Salmon Recovery Funding Board • WRIA-9 • King County Flood Control District • King Conservation District • King County Water and Land Resources Division • King County Road Services Division • Community Volunteers


Green River, Fenster Levee Setback Phase 2links to external siteBack to top

Summary: The second phase of the Fenster project Fenster volunteersbuilt upon prior salmon recovery restoration efforts by the City, King County, and others to set back or completely remove all of the levees within a two-mile stretch of high quality habitat between project site and the Neeley bridge at SR-18. The project removed the remaining 520 feet of the 50 year old agricultural levee at Fenster Nature Park to reconnect the river with more of its historic floodplain. The buried rock revetment constructed in the first phase was extended 900 feet to maintain flood protection for the area. As with Phase 1, invasive plants were removed and over 7,000 native trees and shrubs were planted. The habitat improvements will benefit Chum, Coho, and Endangered Species Act-listed Puget Sound ESU Chinook salmon and steelhead that migrate through and spawn in this reach.

Location: Fenster Nature Park, 2033 4th St SE
Status: Completed 2015

Partners: Washington Recreation and Conservation Office • Salmon Recovery Funding Board • Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA-9) • King County Flood Control District • King Conservation District • King County Water and Land Resources Division • King County Road Services Division • Community Volunteers

See the City's Fenster Phase 2 News and Notices Article


Mill Creek: Wetland 5K Ecosystem Restoration Project Back to top

​Corps of Engineers, City of Auburn Award Mill Creek Mill CreekEcosystem Restoration Projectlinks to external site

Summary: Mill Creek historically served as vital habitat for migrating salmon and provided ideal conditions for rearing and storm refuge. Due to agricultural and industrial activity, the Mill Creek region has lost this critical habitat. In many areas of Mill Creek, the stream is straight, shallow, and does not offer quality riparian vegetation and in-channel structure. As part of this project, restoration of this area included: riparian enhancements including the planting of live stakes, channel relocation and reconstruction, replacement of the culvert beneath 15th St NW with a new, fish passable culvert, and woody debris additions. [Army Corps of Engineers Mill Creek Overviewlinks to external site]

Location: Auburn Environmental Park, West of SR 167
Status:
In Progress

Partners: King Conservation District • US Army Corps of Engineers • Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA-9) • King County Flood Control District • Washington State Department of Ecology • And the following local landowners who made property available for the project: Willis and Carolyn Calhoun • Washington State Department of Transportation • SCG White River Corporate Park, LLC


Coal Creek Habitat Restoration Project
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Summary: Coal Creek project's design included Coal Creek Restorationthe planting of approximately 220 native trees and shrubs and the removal of noxious weeds along Coal Creek where it outlets at the White River in Game Farm Wilderness Park. The plants added to this area provide shade to the creek to reduce the water's temperature, reduce the amount of sediment loading into the creek, and provide for a vegetated bioswale to reduce road pollutants flowing into the creek. The planting of this vegetation ultimately benefits water quality and habitat in the immediate vicinity and in the White River Basin within the Puyallup River Watershed. Public interpretive signage was also developed and installed.

Location: Coal Creek, Game Farm Wilderness Park
Status: Completed 2009

Partners: Pierce Conservation District • City of Lakewood • Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Surface Water Management Division • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation • Green River Community College International Student Volunteers


White River Buffer Restoration Project Back to top


Summary:
This project's purpose was to restore a White River Buffer Plantingsection of buffer along the White River. This restoration benefits salmon habitat and improves water quality along a 2,100 linear foot section of White River buffer near Roegner Park. Approximately 410 native shrubs were planted in this area after the removal of invasive plant species in order to restore the area. These plantings help shade the river, filter pollutants before entering the water, and add riparian habitat to this area. Two educational signs were developed and installed as a part of this project to educate the public about the importance of buffer zones and the connection between restoration projects such as this and improved habitat and water quality.

Location: White River buffer near Roegner Park
Status: Completed 2010

Partners: Pierce County Public Works and Utilities • City of Lakewood • Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Surface Water Management Division •  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation • Community Volunteers


Peasley Canyon Culvert Replacement ProjectBack to top

Summary: Goals for the culvert replacement project Peasley Canyon Rd culvert replacementincluded opening up stream habitat in Mill Creek for salmon and other species by addressing a fish passage barrier and a constraint to in-stream flows through the replacement of the existing undersized stream culvert at Peasley Canyon Rd S. As a part of the project, invasive plant species were removed and the site was replanted with native plant species.

Location: Peasley Canyon Rd S
Status: Completed 2011

Partners: US Fish and Wildlife Service • Landau Associates, Inc. • Tetra Tech, Inc.


City of Auburn Greenhouse Gas Inventory Project (PDF)Back to top

Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Summary:
The City of Auburn conducted an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions associated with its municipal operations and an estimate of greenhouse gas emissions associated with activities in the community. The inventory was based on 2008 data and is intended to serve as a baseline for the City's greenhouse gas reduction and climate action efforts. The study report (PDF) was finalized in 2010.

Location: City of Auburn
Status: Completed 2010

Partners: Cascadia Consulting Group • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability • King County Metro • Puget Sound Energy • Puget Sound Regional Council • Sound Transit • Valley Regional Fire Authority

 


 
Auburn Wetland Mitigation Assessment (PDF)
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Summary: This assessment was part of an overall long-Wetland Mitigation Assessment coverterm program to improve the effectiveness of compensatory wetland mitigation projects in Auburn. The study provides baseline information to support further efforts in conducting a comprehensive assessment of the success of projects in meeting both ecological and regulatory objectives. As a part of the project, the City produced a best practices publication entitled Wetland Mitigation in the Green River Valley: 5 Essential Strategies for Project Success.

Location: City of Auburn
Status: Completed 2012

Partners: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Aquatic Resources Unit • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Soundview Consultants LLC • Washington State Department of Ecology • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Fisheries Division • King County Water and Land Resources Division