Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.
King County Water and Land Resources Division will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, for about 34 acres associated with the Wayne golf course. King County is partnering with the City of Bothell to permanently protect the entire 89-acre golf course because it is one of the largest undeveloped sites remaining along the Sammamish River. The agreement will prevent future development and impervious surfaces, while allowing passive recreation and restoration to improve the area, especially for salmon and other aquatic life and wildlife. King County will contribute more than $4 million in a local grant and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.