Snohomish County Surface Water Management restored 1,100 feet of stream habitat on Cutthroat Creek, a tributary to Little Bear Creek that is located within the county’s Carousel Ranch Community Park site.
The project implements a top priority in-stream restoration project as identified in a subsequent study following the Little Bear Creek Basin Plan (2017). The Cutthroat Creek Habitat Project re-establishes natural riparian vegetation and increases the amount of in-stream habitat for all life stages of coho populations, as well as Chinook salmon and steelhead, which are present in the main stem of Little Bear Creek.
The benefits expected from restoration include balanced sediment transport, increased habitat complexity, reconnection to the floodplain, and restored ecosystem processes.
Construction was completed in the summer of 2022. Monitoring of habitat features and upland plantings is ongoing.