King County Water and Land Resources Division is proposing to restore riverine processes and reduce flood hazards along the Cedar River at the Riverbend project site. The Riverbend Levee Setback and Floodplain Restoration Project site is located in unincorporated King County between River Mile 6.5 and 7.4. Previous property purchases and structure demolitions have prepared the site for the restoration project. The project will reconnect approximately 52 acres of floodplain, enhance connection to existing off channel habitats and create over 5,000 linear feet of new side-channel habitat on the site.
The loss of these types of off-channel habitat features due to bank armoring and disconnection of off-channel habitat has been identified as a primary factor limiting Chinook salmon productivity in the Cedar River. Watch this short video to learn more about the project.