Continue the work of replacing culverts & restoring stream health
John suggested (and the Council adopted) a new approach to funding for replacing the city’s aging stream culverts.
Instead of waiting in line for transportation funding, with virtually every other city in the state, John proposed approaching the problem from the stream-side instead of the roadway: apply for flood control, fish habitat restoration, and fish barrier removal funding.
The result has been that LFP has received funding and moved rapidly ahead with replacing failing culverts, removing barriers to fish migration, and restoring habitat and buffer zones to Lyon Creek.
These projects prevented flooding in the town center and Sheridan Beach neighborhoods despite record rainfall just this year, and have restored fish habitat and removed barriers to fish passage without any increase in taxes.
This work is only beginning and there are more that 20 remaining culverts yet to be replaced, but we are off to an excellent start. Mayor Johnson has said he wants to return salmon to our streams within the next decade, and we can do it!