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*[[City of Olympia]] has acquired lands to establish the 171 acre [http://olympiawa.gov/community/parks/parks-and-trails/grass-lake-nature-park.aspx Grass Lake Nature Park] which has a 1997 Master Plan. There appears to be some limited reforestation near the entrance.
 
*[[City of Olympia]] has acquired lands to establish the 171 acre [http://olympiawa.gov/community/parks/parks-and-trails/grass-lake-nature-park.aspx Grass Lake Nature Park] which has a 1997 Master Plan. There appears to be some limited reforestation near the entrance.
 
*[[Wild Fish Conservancy]] captured [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ4TdPY3dcM 20007 video footage] of stray hatchery coho salmon spawning in Green Cove Creek.
 
*[[Wild Fish Conservancy]] captured [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ4TdPY3dcM 20007 video footage] of stray hatchery coho salmon spawning in Green Cove Creek.
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==Development==
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*Green Cove Park has plans for 177 units on 50 acres at 2200 Cooper Point Road - http://m.olympiawa.gov/news-and-faq-s/construction-news/green-cove-park.aspx
 
*Watershed development continues, contested by local advocates - http://janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com/2016/05/housing-development-threatens-west.html
 
*Watershed development continues, contested by local advocates - http://janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com/2016/05/housing-development-threatens-west.html

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The headwaters of Green Cove Creek emanate from a large intact wetland complex largely protected by conservation easements, acquisitions, and a City of Olympia . The riparian corridor is comprised of mixed conifer and deciduous forest with only a few sites warranting improvement. Because it is relatively intact, Green Cove Creek is Olympia’s priority for salmon habitat protection measures.

The Green Cove Creek Comprehensive Drainage Basin Plan (1998) recommended minimum canopy cover of 60% within the watershed to prevent excessive stormwater impacts. The City of Olympia has downzoned the upper Basin and instituted more stringent development standards to maintain the forest cover and protect the creek. Although the City has instituted these standards, significant residential development pressures exist in this desirable area, especially new home construction. Tidal influence occurs in the estuary and at the mouth of the creek, allowing for a fresh and saltwater mixing despite the presence of some bulkheads. Green Cove has two fishways assessed by WDFW; one has retrofitted baffles which impact upstream adult and juvenile migration while the other is passing fish. (Thurston CD 2004

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