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Lower Taylor Creek Restoration Project

In 2010 and 2011, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) purchased five parcels of waterfront property at the lower reaches of Taylor Creek, located near the south end of Lake Washington in southeast Seattle. This provided an opportunity for SPU to increase the quality and amount of Taylor Creek and Lake Washington shoreline habitat, particularly for threatened juvenile Chinook salmon.

Project overview

The Lower Taylor Creek Restoration Project (pdf) will:

  • Improve the stream channel and surrounding habitat.
  • Improve fish passage between Lake Washington and Deadhorse Canyon.
  • Replace the public culvert under Rainier Avenue S.
  • Address storm-related flooding and sediment deposition at the mouth of the creek (as possible).
  • Potentially provide some form of public access at the site once construction is complete. The final decision about public access is expected in early 2015. Learn more about public access options analysis.