Residents and businesses have identified Redmond's natural environment, including the Sammamish River and treed hillsides, as one of the aspects of the City they value the most. Redmond's plan is designed to protect the quality of streams, wetlands and other natural areas while accommodating anticipated levels of growth.
Issues in 2001
- Respond to the Endangered Species Act listing of Chinook salmon
- Update the City's Shoreline Master Program
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the City's environmental policies
- Updated Shoreline Master Plan
- Developed plans to rehabilitate Bear Creek to improve salmon runs
- Improved water quality through construction of detention ponds and underground vaults
- Established green building and low impact development programs
In 2001, the Sammamish River was beginning a rebirth of sorts. Over the next decade (and beyond) improvements would be made to the river and its banks to create a healthy environment for wildlife such as salmon, heron and the American eagle.