Salmon in the City Explores Urban Design Approaches for Clean Water / Public Information Service


SEATTLE – The way water flows in cities affects salmon swimming far away. An event this week explores how urban centers can better treat their water to protect these iconic species of the Northwest.

Salmon in town is an online presentation that will examine architectural approaches that keep water clean for aquatic species.

Anna Huttel, director of certification for Salmon-Safe, the organization promoting best conservation practices hosting the event, said that one of the options cities can use to treat stormwater are planters.

“Bio-retention provides this visibility above ground to inspire people,” Huttel said. “Along with the ability to use plants to help treat pollutants in stormwater, provide habitat through vegetation and really just provide something beautiful to look at as well.”

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with presenters including Huttel and Brook Muller, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She will talk about sustainable architectures and urban landscapes adapted to the climate.

Huttel pointed out that his organization is focused on salmon because they are like canaries in the coal mine for habitat health, but Salmon-Safe could just as easily be called “safe for water. Because practices that are good for salmon are also good for other species.

“Thinking about how these principles can help downstream, even if you can’t see a body of water from a site you are influencing, everything has a runoff effect, reaches a body of water more. large and affects another part of the ecosystem, ”Huttel describes.

Huttel also noted that the salmon is at risk, affecting another iconic species in the Northwest: orcas. Whales, which live off the west coast, depend on salmon for their food and find it increasingly difficult to find the food they need to survive.

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