New Seattle seawall aims to improve waterfront salmon habitat

New Seattle seawall aims to improve waterfront salmon habitat

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Seattle’s new $410 million downtown waterfront is also acting as a huge science experiment.If you walk the area from Colman Dock to the Seattle Aquarium, you’d notice glass panels lining the sidewalk.“I thought it was just something to make the pier pretty,” said Emily Fuller, who visiting Seattle with her family.

The panels actually form a light-penetrating sidewalk to make the waterfront more fish-friendly, specifically salmon coming from the Green-Duwamish River into the Sound. “Juvenile salmon don’t like to go into the dark so hopefully it will allow them to move along the shoreline naturally,” said Jeffery Cordell, a University of Washington research scientist in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and lead author of the aquatic research of the paneling.

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Originally posted on King 5 by Ryan Takeo