Meeting Summaries

on November 12, 2013

Upcoming Meeting for 2014

January 28,2014 at 111 S Wooding Aberdeen,WA (PORT)

February 25,2014 at 111 S Wooding Aberdeen, WA (PORT) 

March 25,2014 at 111 S Wooding Aberdeen, WA (PORT)

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on November 12, 2013

Regional Salmon Resources and Partners





on November 03, 2013

Salmon projects are captured by the Habitat Work Schedule Mapping Project and is available for viewing by the public.

This separate site uses Microsoft Silverlight and must be installed on your computer or device prior to viewing.

The Lead Entity Habitat Work Schedule system is the mapping and project tracking tool that allows Lead Entities to share their habitat protection and restoration projects with the public. The purpose of the HWS system is to help put restoration actions on the ground. By mapping projects, linking them to each other and recovery goals, and making it all available on the web, the HWS system makes salmon recovery more accessible to partners, potential funders, and the public.

Visit the project HERE



Key features of the HWS system

  • Easy to use and attractive
  • Optional privacy and security features
  • Data sharing and transfer methods
  • Fast mapping and project search tools
  • Advanced reporting and export capabilities
  • Access for the public and login users

About Lead Entities

This new HWS system provides valuable information concerning Washington’s Salmon Recovery Lead Entity program. The Lead Entity Program is a watershed and community based approach developed as part of salmon recovery legislation. The 27 Lead Entities across Washington develop locally supported, science-based restoration projects. Lead entities coordinate a process that joins community and science-based salmon recovery priorities. This process has proved successful and has worked to maximize our public investment in restoration. 

Building Stronger Partnerships

For the first time the HWS system brings together Lead Entity habitat projects in one place. This initial step allows other organizations to post and share projects with the public through the Lead Entities. Other organizations include but are not limited to watershed health groups, regional fish enhancement groups, regional recovery organizations, conservation districts, land trusts, Tribes, and federal, state and local governments. 

HWS Implementation

The HWS system is in its fourth year of implementation. The Lead Entities are busy entering restoration and protection projects into the system and making this information available for the public. 

The first wave of work consists of getting all of the Lead Entity “proposed” and “active” projects in the HWS system. Lead Entities will work on compiling a more complete history of “completed” restoration work. The true value of the HWS system will increase over time as projects cycle from a concepts, to a proposed to active, and finally completed. This tracking will leave a legacy for future generations who want to know how local communities worked to protect and restore salmon habitat in Washington State. 

Lead Entities

on November 03, 2013

Lead Entities are local, watershed-based organizations that function to solicit, develop, prioritize, and submit habitat protection and restoration projects for funding to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB). They consist of:  

  • a coordinator (usually a county, conservation district, or tribal staff)
  • a committee of local, technical experts
  • a committee of local citizens

The technical experts help develop salmon recovery strategies, and identify and prioritize projects.  The citizen committee develops the final, prioritized project lists and through the Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership, submits it to the SRFB for funding consideration. 

The technical experts and citizens perform complementary roles.  The technical experts are often the most knowledgeable about watersheds, habitat, and fish conditions.  Their expertise helps ensure strategies and projects are based on science.  They also can be the best judges of whether the projects and strategies will technically work. 

Citizen committees help ensure that strategies and projects have community support.  They often are the best judges of community interest in salmon recovery and of how to increase support over time.  The complementary roles of the technical and citizen committees are essential to ensuring the best projects are proposed for salmon recovery.

Lead entities develop local salmon recovery strategies based on science. They then recruit sponsors to propose projects to implement the strategies.

Project sponsors include public or private groups or individuals. Typical sponsors are regional fisheries enhancement groups, cities, counties, tribes, state agencies and conservation districts.

Coast Region

on November 03, 2013

The Washington Coast Salmon Recovery Region extends from Cape Flattery in the north, to Cape Disappointment in the south and east to include the Chehalis River Basin.

The region encompasses 3,750,025 acres, 395 marine shoreline miles, and 4718 miles of fish-bearing rivers and streams – all Washington watersheds which drain directly to the Pacific Ocean.

Particularly relevant to salmon recovery and management in the region, an important part of our partnership is with six recognized Indian Tribes: Shoalwater Bay, Chehalis, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah. All but the Chehalis and Shoalwater Bay are Treaty Tribes and are responsible, with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, for co-management of the regional salmon fishery

The Coast’s four Lead Entities are geographically located in five Watershed Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA) which were established as part of the Washington Water Resources Act of 1971. WRIAs are geographic areas defined on the basis of surface water resources.

The Washington State Legislature created Lead Entity organizations in 1998 to support locally conceived and administered habitat restoration and salmon recovery efforts. The statewide program has been built from the ground up with the involvement of local stakeholders who represent diverse interests – fishermen, timber companies, tribes, landowners, government agencies. The aim is to involve communities directly and reach agreement on how best to protect and restore habitat.

Salmon Plan

on November 03, 2013

Quinault Lead Entity

on November 03, 2013

The Quinault Lead Entity is located in Watershed Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 21 and is administered by the Quinault Indian Nation.


The Quinault Lead Entity is located in Watershed Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 21 and is administered by the Quinault Indian Nation. 


on November 02, 2013

New Pacific Coast-wide agreement on fishing arrangements under thePacific Salmon Treaty will result in increased returns of Chinook salmon to Washington waters. The 10-year agreement guides fishery management plans for Chinook, coho, chum, and some pink and sockeye populations from 2009-2018 in Canada, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

NOAA-Fisheries issues a biological opinion for operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System. Although subject to legal challenge, the opinion includes significant commitments to increase survival at the federal dams and to improve tributary and estuary habitats.

Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership is formed to help address salmon recovery and preservation in the Washington Coast Region.

A proposed recovery plan for Middle Columbia River steelhead is released by NOAA-Fisheries. This plan incorporates the recovery plan—with significant updates—already adopted by the federal agency and the state of Washington for steelhead within Washington. 


on November 02, 2013

NOAA-Fisheries lists Puget Sound Steelhead as threatened. Highly dependent on the quality of their habitat, this is just another indication that actions are needed to improve the freshwater and estuarine habitat in the Sound.

Governor Gregoire signs into law a measure she requested that will protect and restore Puget Sound. The bill creates the Puget Sound Partnership to oversee clean up and restoration by 2020.

NOAA-Fisheries adopts the final Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Plan for Chinook and steelhead.


on November 02, 2013

NOAA-Fisheries adopts the Lower Columbia recovery plan, stating they were “...committing to implement the actions in the Interim Plan and cooperatively on implementation...and encourage other Federal agencies to implement actions...”

NOAA-Fisheries places notices in the federal register of intent to adopt interim recovery plans from all Washington salmon recovery regional organizations.

A Habitat Conservation Plan for 1.6 million acres of forested state trust lands —mostly in Western Washington—in the range of the northern spotted owl is adopted by the federal government. This 70-year management plan is an agreement between DNR and federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act to guarantee that habitat commitments are met, while not penalizing the occasional incidental “take” of a federally listed animal or its habitat.

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