Healthy watersheds through personal and community engagement
Engaging people to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education, and stewardship
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (The Friends) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1996 and dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Cedar River/Lake Washington Watershed and all the communities within its boundaries.
The Friends is working to:
- Ensure the long-term stewardship of the watershed,
- Provide and promote tangible and data-driven environmental education, especially for young people,
- Educate the public about the importance of enhancing and restoring our home watershed.
We offer innovative opportunities for people, young and old, to improve the ecological health of the watershed in which we live. Through our base of volunteers, community leaders, and educators, we empower people to take practical steps to make our home watershed sustainable for people, fish, and wildlife.
Local Councils/Elected Officials
The Friends sits on the Cedar River Council (CRC) and the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council (SRC). The CRC is a group of lower Cedar River basin stakeholders who communicate with King County council on river management issues. The CRC focuses on water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, recreational access, and flood management. The ultimate goal of the CRC is to provide greater outreach to the citizens who live in the Cedar River basin in order to engender a sense of ownership and stewardship of the river and watershed.
The Salmon Recovery Council is a group of community leaders from each of the 27 jurisdictions that are located in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish (WRIA 8) Watershed. This group oversees the progress of the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan.
2013 King County Green Globe Award
Friends of the Cedar Watershed (FCRW) has been awarded the 2013 King County Green Globes Awards for their Leadership in Community Stewardship throughout the greater Cedar River / Lake Washington Watershed. The work of FCRW is accomplished through three core programs: Volunteer Habitat Restoration, Cedar River Salmon Journey, and Stewardship In Action.
2012 REI Stewardship Award
REI is honored to award $15,000 to Friends of the Cedar River Watershed in support of their on-going efforts to restore our adopted site, Canavaugh Pond, and many places that we all love to explore.
Field and Stream Hero for a Day 2012
May 26, 2012
Field & Stream Magazine has recognized the Friends as one of the top ten winners in their 2012 “Hero for a Day” contest!