Statewide Drought Declaration

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 17:37

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Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on May 15, 2015. The declaration comes after the governor's Emergency Water Executive Committee determined that 48 of 62 watersheds in Washington have water supplies of 75 percent of normal or below and water users are experiencing hardships from water shortages or are expected to experience hardships. The May 15, 2015 drought declaration qualifies all river basins in the Northwest Region for drought relief funding.

Washington's Salmon Fisheries Set for 2015

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:02

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Washington's 2015 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas, and the Columbia River. Full news release.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the 2015 Program Report for the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP). ESRP provides funding and technical assistance to organizations working to restore shoreline and nearshore habitat critical to salmon and other fish species in Puget Sound.

2015 Salmon Recovery Funding Board Grant Cycle Letters of Intent March 31st

Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 08:40

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Letters of Intent and project proposals are being accepted for salmon recovery projects funded through the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2015 grant cycle. Letters of intent are due March 31, 2015 and draft applications are due in PRISM by May 14, 2015. Additional information and document links are provided under the Event tab of the WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board website

The Nooksack Indian Tribe will use $283,111 grant award from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to place eight logjams in the North Fork Nooksack River near Kendall. The North Fork moves frequently, flushing Chinook salmon eggs downstream before they can hatch. Logjams will protect developing forests and slow the river, creating places for salmon to rest and hide from predators. They also can increase the length of side channels available for spawning. This project will be the second of six phases of restoration planned in the Farmhouse reach.

Placing Logjams in the South Fork Nooksack River

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:43

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The Nooksack Indian Tribe will use $320,264 in grant funds from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to restore habitat in the South Fork Nooksack River near Acme. The South Fork doesn't have enough deep pools and the water is too warm for salmon. The tribe will place eight logjams in the South Fork. The logjams will slow the river, creating places for salmon to rest and hide from predators. This project is the last of three phases of restoration in the broader Hutchinson reach.

The Nooksack Indian Tribe will use a $108,100 Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant to finalize designs for the restoration of the South Fork Nooksack River at Nesset Reach near Acme. The South Fork doesn't have enough deep pools and the water is too warm for salmon. The tribe will design the placement of 23 logjams in the river. The logjams will slow the river, creating places for salmon to rest and hide from predators.

Proposals are being accepted for salmon recovery projects funded through the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2014 grant cycle. This call for projects is for 2014 SRFB project funds and potential 2015-2017 Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) funds for regionally significant large capital projects. Letters of intent are due April 11, 2014 and draft applications are due in PRISM by May 16, 2014. Additional information and document links are provided under the Event tab of the WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board website.

State Awards $3,134,215 for Local Salmon Recovery Projects

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 18:53

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The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board approved a total of $3,134,215 in grant funds to Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, and Whatcom Land Trust for six projects that will restore and protect salmon habitat. Funding for the grants comes primarily from the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund. The press release at http://www.rco.wa.gov/doc_pages/press/2013/119.shtml provides additional information and links to project descriptions.

Puget Sound Partnership's 2013 State of the Sound Available

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 12:53

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The Puget Sound Partnership's 2013 State of the Sound, released to the Governor's Office, reports on the status of Puget Sound Recovery.  The State of the Sound is a required report that provides data and information relevant to decisions about changes needed to programs, policies, and funding efforts that can accelerate the progress to restore Puget Sound.  For more information on the 2013 State of the Sound report, visit www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php