Become A Salmon Watcher & Help SPU, King County

Salmon Watcher Training A Unique Northwest Experience

On Wednesday, September 29th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the  Northgate Community Center, 10510  5th Ave. NE, Seattle Public Utilities and King County Department of the Environment will present a training course for would-be Salmon Watchers.

The Salmon Watcher Program trains volunteers to collect important information about returning salmon in creeks in and around Seattle. Dedicated volunteers spend 15 minutes twice a week, from September through December, watching for fish on their assigned creek site.

The information helps local jurisdictions know where salmon are spawning in our streams, and sometimes where barriers exist to salmon migration. Volunteers act as “eyes and ears” in the watersheds and give SPU a heads up when things go awry in our neighborhood creeks. No experience necessary. The data collected are used by agencies and groups working to help restore endangered salmon runs and improve habitat for all salmon. Your work as a Salmon Watcher is invaluable!  For more information check the “Salmon Watcher website” or call 206-263-6533

How can I become a Salmon Watcher?

Attend the classroom training to learn about salmon identification. Choose a place to watch from among hundreds of established creek sites in and around Seattle. No experience necessary.

For more information contact Beth Miller, Seattle Public Utilities, Stormwater Education and Outreach, 700 5th Avenue , or by email at or visit the King County Restore Our Waters website at


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