About the Cedar River Watershed HCP
The Cedar River Watershed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a 50-year, ecosystem-based plan that was prepared to address the declining populations of salmon, steelhead and other species of fish and wildlife in the Cedar River basin.
Prepared under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the plan is designed both to provide certainty for the City of Seattle's drinking water supply and to protect and restore habitats of 83 species of fish and wildlife that may be affected by the City of Seattle's water supply and hydroelectric operations on the Cedar River.
The HCP is made up of three primary areas of conservation and mitigation, all of which are supported by research and monitoring.
- Managing the Watershed — Aquatic, riparian and upland management in the watershed
- Fish Passage Above the Dam — Mitigating for the blockage to anadromous fish at the City’s Landsburg drinking water intake (Landsburg Mitigation)
- Managing River Flows — Regulation of stream flows for fish in the Cedar River and people whose drinking water is supplied by the Cedar River.”
For additional information about HCP implementation, please contact:
Cyndy Holtz, HCP Program Manager