Functional floodplains, off-channel habitats, and riparian buffers are important aspects of functional watersheds. Unfortunately, many of these features are often missing or reduced along urban streams. This is the case for Padden Creek, where these features have been impacted by urban development and stream channelization, exacerbating the water quality problems in Padden Creek. Padden Creek is on Washington State’s 303(d) list of water quality-impaired waters for dissolved oxygen, temperature, and fecal coliform, and has a TMDL for temperature.
Padden Creek 24th-30th Street Restoration Project is a multi-phased restoration project to address impaired conditions. The goals of this project are to improve water quality and aquatic functions in Padden Creek through enhancing floodplain, instream, and riparian functions between 24th and 30th Streets.
The project is divided into three phases. Phase 1 is located in the center of the reach, roughly between Padden Creek’s confluence with Connelly Creek upstream to the Happy Valley Park footbridge (see map below). Phase 1 includes floodplain enhancement and the enhancement of instream, off-channel, and riparian buffer structure and function. Phases 2 and 3 include stream relocation and buffer restoration.
Phase 1 Overview Map (Click the image below to open a PDF version)
- Padden Creek Daylighting Project
- Padden Creek Estuary Habitat Enhancement Project
- City Restoration Sites Map
- Water Quality
- Fish Studies
- Habitat Restoration Technical Assessment (HRTA)
Habitat and Restoration Manager
Public Works Department, Natural Resources