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Thornton Creek

Creek Restoration projects the Thornton Creek watershed are:
1. Increasing storm water detention on the Jackson Park Golf Course;
2. Restoring several sites along Thornton Creek and planting native vegetation;
3. Building a Thornton Creek Watershed Environmental Learning Center. This will provide kids and adults with information about sustainable building, composting, wildlife habitat and more.

4. A fish ladder with a series of cascading weirs was completed in fall 2002, tripling the amount of good spawning habitat accessible to migrating salmon in the south branch of Thornton Creek.
Thornton Creek facts:
    • Located in northeast Seattle
    • Drains 7,322 acres, or 11 square miles
    • Runs through some of the most developed areas in the Puget Sound region
    • Home to Northgate Mall, America’s first and oldest shopping mall
    • 187,000 or more cars pass through the watershed on Interstate 5 every day
    • 67,000 people live, and thousands of others work, within the watershed
    • 700 backyards and 15 parks border the creek
    • Salmon return from Puget Sound, through the ship canal and into Lake Washington
    • Blue heron, bald eagle and Pacific Chorus frogs can be seen in the watershed
Related links
Be a Creek Steward

Links to other sites
Thornton Creek Alliance: sponsors creek clean-ups and other events

Homewaters Project

Creek Restoration
Table of Contents
Thornton Creek
Pipers Creek
Taylor Creek
Longfellow Creek
  • Brandon Street
  • Longfellow Creek Watershed Trail
  • Longfellow Creek
  • Webster Street Detention Pond
  • West Seattle Golf Course
  • Willow Street Wetland and Delridge Drainage Basin Phase II
  • Yancy Street

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