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October 2006

Welcome to our monthly E-Bulletin. Our goal is to provide you with regular brief updates and highlights on the significant progress all of us are making on elements essential to the success of salmon recovery.

SalmonIn This Issue
»  Turning the Tide for Salmon
»  Members of the Faith and Conservation Communities Come Together for Salmon
»  Tracking the Secret Lives of Salmon
»  New Web Site Tracks Ecosystem's Health
»  Engineered Logjams Improving Salmon Habitat
»  Salmon Fossils Dated to 1 Million Years
»  Announcements
»  Funding Opportunities
»  Events, Conferences & Workshops
We are proud to live in a place that has so many people with the creativity, knowledge, and motivation to find lasting solutions to complex ecological, economic, and cultural challenges. Together we are creating the future we want for our communities. We are leaving a legacy that restores and protects our watersheds while promoting economic prosperity and maintaining community and cultural vitality.
SalmonTurning the Tide for Salmon

photo: Patricia Chambers

Nisqually Delta estuary restoration to benefit Chinook salmon and other Puget Sound wildlife

On a cold autumn afternoon on October 31, Nisqually tribal members and hundreds of others welcomed an ancient incoming tide to the Nisqually River estuary. Gathered together on the edge of the shoreline they witnessed the return of 100 acres of natural tidal marsh that has been diked pasture land since the late 1800s. The removal of the dikes on the farmland, once owned and worked by the Braget family, opens up valuable estuarine habitat for endangered Chinook salmon and other wildlife.

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SalmonMembers of the Faith and Conservation Communities Come Together for Salmon

“Candlelight vigil offers vision for restoring endangered salmon.”
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Earth Ministry: www.earthministry.org

On October 17, Earth Ministry, Save Our Wild Salmon, Sierra Club, and the National Wildlife Federation hosted a candle light Vigil for Endangered Salmon at St. John United Lutheran Church in Seattle. Four leaders in the faith and tribal communities led prayers and offered reflections that address the growing common interest of faith-based and conservation communities to be stewards of the earth and to protect sustainability of the planet.

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SalmonTracking the Secret Lives of Salmon

 

ID tags surgically implanted in salmon may help scientists and resources managers solve critical questions concerning salmon conservation

Puget Sound marine scientists may be one step closer to solving the mystery of where salmon swim after they leave their natal freshwater systems, migrate to the ocean and eventually return to their home rivers to spawn. In an ambitious project that involves over 20 agencies collaborating on a Puget Sound Biotelemetry Project, researchers are working to track the migratory patterns of salmon, trout and other marine fishes of Puget Sound.

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SalmonNew Web Site Tracks Ecosystem's Health

Project monitors Puget Sound and Canada's Georgia Basin

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday, October 27, 2006, Lisa Stiffler

British Columbia has put vast stretches of shoreline out of bounds for clam digging because of contamination, while Washington needs to do a better job with sprawling development.

The waters offshore of Victoria don't always mix well – calling into question the city's limited sewage treatment – and the amount of tiny air pollutants is expected to rise more quickly in the Puget Sound region than in western Canada.

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SalmonEngineered Logjams Improving Salmon Habitat

Treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington are using engineered logjams at four project sites to improve salmon habitat. At the Tolt River, the South Fork of the Nooksack River, the Mashel River and at Skookum Creek Tribes are working to improve habitat for adult and juvenile salmon.

At the Tolt River site, the Tulalip Tribes are implementing a comprehensive monitoring program to study the effects of engineered logjams on salmon; on the Nooksack, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe this summer completed the largest habitat restoration project yet attempted on South Fork of the Nooksack River; at Eatonville’s Smallwood Park on the banks of the Mashel River, the Nisqually Tribe and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group are in the process of building a series of logjams and on Skookum Creek, the Squaxin Tribe is currently restoring habitat along the stream that runs through the reservation by building a half-dozen log jams.

To see more details, read the article Engineered Logjams Improving Salmon Habitat, From NWIFC News, Fall 2006, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Quarterly Newsletter.

Link to NWIFC>>

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SalmonSalmon Fossils Dated to 1 Million Years


The Olympian, October 19, 2006, john dodge

Fossil fish found on the banks of the South Fork Skokomish River in Mason County have been identified as sockeye salmon that are about 1 million years old, a research team of scientists announced Wednesday.

The several salmon fossils, discovered on a bank of the Skokomish on Green Diamond Co. forestland, date to the Pleistocene Age, said Gerald Smith, a retired University of Michigan professor who worked on the research team.

It's the only documented recovery of full-body skeletons of fossilized salmon from the Pleistocene Age in the state, James Goedert, an affiliate curator at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, said at the time of discovery.

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SalmonAnnouncements


SOON TO BE RELEASED:
NFWF Six-Year Progress Report,“Restoration Narratives, How Washington Communities are Restoring Salmon Runs”

What will it take to rebuild healthy salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest? According to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) soon to be released six-year progress report, Restoration Narratives, the answer to that question relies a great deal on nurturing partnerships and leveraging community involvement.

Since 2000, NFWF has awarded over 250 Community Salmon Fund Grants and has brought together over 1000 groups — nonprofits, schools, neighborhood groups, tribes, scout troops, churches, conservation districts — to work on projects in every major salmon-bearing watershed in Washington State.

Restoration Narratives is a celebration of the stories behind these projects and the outcomes they have produced on the ground. With an introduction by novelist David James Duncan, the 60 page full-color publication uses imagery, personal narrative, and investigative reporting to present a fascinating picture of the people behind the projects and their connection with salmon and community.

Krystyna Wolniakowski, Director of NFWF's Pacific NW Region, says of the publication and the Community Salmon Fund Grant Program, "There is a story in every grant that has been made...I hope you come away from these stories as I did, feeling encouraged and optimistic about the task ahead of us. And if you run into any of these people on the street or at a meeting, be sure to thank them for the work they're doing. Salmon recovery in Washington depends on them."

The publication is written and produced by NarrativeLab (narrativelab.com) and printing costs will be covered by the Boeing Company. Copies will be available through NFWF's Portland office starting in early 2007.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Public Comment on State-Owned Aquatic Lands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service are currently holding public scoping meetings to help develop an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Habitat Conservation Plan to cover activities on state-owned aquatic lands. Aquatic lands include tidelands and shorelands, as well as beds of rivers, lakes and marine waters. Washington DNR, who is responsible for managing aquatic lands, manages about 2.4 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands. The public is encouraged to participate by attending the scoping meetings, and reviewing and commenting on the draft EIS.

Formal comments must be received by December 11, 2006. For more information on the EIS alternatives proposed by NMFS and USFWS click on the link below to download a PDF brochure. You may also contact: Jo Ellen Henry, USFWS, 360.753.7766 or John Stadler, NMFS 360.753.9576.

Link to EIS Public Comment Brochure (PDF)

Link to Comment Form (PDF)

Scoping Meetings:

Longview
Tues., Nov. 7, 2006
7:00-9:30 p.m.
Cowlitz County PUD Office
961 12th Ave.

Seattle
Weds., Nov. 8, 2006
7:00-9:30 p.m.
NMFS Northwest Regional Office
Building 9
7600 Sand Point Way NE

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SalmonFunding Opportunities

2007 Puget Sound Watershed Protection & Restoration Grant Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Washington Department of Ecology – with collaborative support from Shared Strategy for Puget Sound, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Puget Sound Action Team – are offering watershed grants to eligible applicants from within the 14 Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Planning Areas. This watershed scale is utilized for this grant program for organizing and funding purposes.

Eligible applicants include local government jurisdictions, tribal governments, watershed lead entities for salmon recovery, shellfish restoration districts, and other public or non-profit entities with local standing in watershed management activities which enables them to convene partners and successfully implement the proposed work plan.

These 2007 Puget Sound watershed grants will support initial steps in an anticipated three-year funded effort to integrate actions associated with water quality, water quantity, habitat protection and habitat restoration in the Puget Sound basin.

Deadline for application is 12/31/06. Grant offer of award is anticipated by 2/1/07. The overall objectives of the Puget Sound Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant program are:

  • Identify barriers and opportunities to the integration of protection and restoration programs in watersheds, such Growth Management Act critical area updates, Shoreline Master Program updates, Watershed Planning (2514), Salmon Recovery Planning (2496), TMDL or water cleanup plans, shellfish closure response plans, stormwater and surface water management plans;
  • Integrate, prioritize and sequence watershed actions from relevant programs or component plans. Consider tools that will assist with this effort, such as frameworks for characterization and assessment of watershed processes;
  • Evaluate how the actions from various plans work together in terms of both the likely environmental impacts and outcomes of recommended protection and restoration actions over the next two to ten years. This would include considering such things as the impacts at the appropriate scale of impervious surface and land cover changes on hydrologic processes – and innovative solutions that are being developed to address those changes;
  • Provide watershed groups, local governments and other resource managers with an ongoing tool to evaluate the impacts of future actions and decisions
  • Improve the effectiveness of state and federal assistance to watersheds.
Grant Application and Award Process
  • Applications accepted through December 31, 2006.
  • If multiple applications are received from one Planning Area, review team and applicants will discuss potential joint proposal.
  • Team meetings will be held in January and February with each watershed to clarify scope of work and identify collaborative opportunities.

Application forms will be available beginning November 7th under the “Puget Sound” link at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/fap.html. To submit applications or for additional information, contact Tom Clingman at tcli461@ecy.wa.gov or (360) 407-7448.

NFWF Community Salmon Fund Grants

Community Salmon Fund grant rounds now open through April 2007. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has established local partnerships in many parts of western Washington through the Community Salmon Fund program to stimulate small-scale, voluntary action by community groups, in cooperation with landowners and businesses, to support salmon recovery on private property. Grants are administered by the Foundation.

You can see what programs have upcoming deadlines (WRIA 13, 14, 1, Pierce County, and the Chehalis Basin) at the link below.

http://www.nfwf.org/programs/csf/index.cfm

The goals of the Community Salmon Fund are to:

  • Fund habitat protection and restoration projects that have a substantial benefit to watershed health.
  • Engage landowners, business owners and community groups to carry out these projects and care for them in the long run.
  • Stimulate creativity and leadership among various constituencies to address conservation needs.
  • Target constituencies that can be particularly helpful in salmon recovery, especially farmers, rural forest owners, suburban homeowners, and owners of businesses and industries.

Bring Back the Natives Program (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation seeks projects that initiate partnerships with private landowners, demonstrate successful collaborative efforts, address watershed health issues that would lead to restoring habitats and are key to restoring native aquatic species and their migration corridors, promote stewardship on private lands, and that can demonstrate a 2:1 non-federal to federal match.

DEADLINE: Pre-proposals are due Friday, December 1, 2006. Full proposals, if invited, will be due by February 2, 2007.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, universities, Native American tribes, and local, state, and federal agencies.

Contact: Corey Grace, NFWF Southwest Office, 28 Second Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, corey.grace@nfwf.org, 415-778-0999, Program: http://www.nfwf.org/programs/bbn.cfm

Funding: The sponsor will award twelve to fifteen matching grants, with an average grant of $60,000.

Grant match: This funding requires a $2 non-federal match for each federal dollar requested by applicants. The program funds on-the-ground efforts to restore native aquatic species to their historic range. Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations that seek to rehabilitate streamside and watershed habitats. Projects should focus on habitat needs of species such as fish, invertebrates, and amphibians that originally inhabited the waterways across the country. Special emphasis is placed on cutthroat trout restoration with specific preference given to projects that will protect or re-establish migration corridors between breeding populations such as cutthroat trout. Other eligible species include bull trout, steelhead trout, Pacific tree frog, and several species of salamanders and salmon that are keystone or indicator species of the health of aquatic communities. Preference will also be given to support projects that will keep sensitive or declining species off of the Endangered Species List, or for listed species that have a chance for recovery and de-listing within five to ten years.

Coastal Protection Fund (Department of Ecology)

The Washington Department of Ecology Spills program is soliciting project proposals to be funded from the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) John Bernhardt Account. Money in this account comes from spill penalties and a portion of these funds are used for restoration projects.

DEADLINE: Friday, November 17, 2006 by 5:00 p.m.

There is up to $400,000 available for restoration and enhancement projects. These funds can be used to fund smaller projects or to help fund/leverage larger projects in your areas. Program staff recommend that project proposal requests not exceed $50,000. Estuarine and nearshore projects are strongly encouraged.

Direct questions to: Dan Doty, Oil Spill Damage Assessment and Restoration Specialist, Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091, p: 360-902-8120 or f: 360-902-8126, dotydcd@dfw.wa.gov

Moneys in the coastal protection fund shall be disbursed for the following purposes and no others:

  • Environmental restoration and enhancement projects intended to restore or enhance environmental, recreational, archaeological, or aesthetic resources for the benefits of Washington's citizens
  • Investigations of the long-term effects of oil spills
  • Development and implementation of an aquatic land geographic information system.

A portion of the fund may be devoted to research and development in the causes, effects, and removal of pollution caused by the discharge of oil or other hazardous substances.

Agencies may not be reimbursed from the coastal protection fund for the salaries and benefits of permanent employees for routine operational support.

Submit proposals to: Dale Davis, Washington State Department of Ecology Spills Program, Natural Resource Protection 300 Desmond Drive, P.O. Box 47600 Olympia, WA 98504-7600, 360-407-6972, dald461@ecy.wa.gov

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SalmonEvents, Conferences & Workshops

Salmon Homecoming Forum, Thursday, Nov. 16

The Salmon Homecoming Forum is an annual event hosted by the Salmon Homecoming Alliance, an inter-tribal organization dedicated to protecting and restoring salmon and promoting collaboration between tribal and non-tribal communities.

This year the Forum is taking place on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 at the University of Washington HUB West Ballroom from 9 am to 3 pm in Seattle, WA. The gathering, co-hosted by The Water Center at the University of Washington, focuses on the theme "Salmon, keystone to a healthy Puget Sound and cornerstone to a really great meal."

The Forum will open with a panel presentation by Puget Sound Partnership Co-Chairs, Billy Frank, Chairman of the NW Indian Fisheries Commission, Jay Manning, Director of the Washington Department of Ecology, and Bill Ruckelshaus, Chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council. Other participants at this event will include members of the Puget Sound Partnership, a regional group convened by Washington's Governor Christine Gregoire to develop recommendations for how to manage and restore Puget Sound health by 2020.

Partners of the Salmon Homecoming Alliance include the fish and seafood community, local agriculture, the slow food movement, chefs, planners, traditional food specialists, biologists, water quality scientists, green builders and developers, environmental groups, and people committed to delivering really good food to our tables. This event is intended to broaden the conversation about what local and sustainable means in the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Please look for registration information at the Salmon Homecoming http://www.salmonhomecoming.com/ and The Water Center http://depts.washington.edu/cwws/ websites in the coming week.

Salmon Homecoming Alliance, Sono Hashisaki, 205-545-1117 or 205-300-5058

Kitsap Salmon Tour, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006

This event provides an opportunity for participants to travel by bus to three or four different sites around Kitsap county to view salmon. At each site, biologists meet with the group to discuss salmon, habitat, human impact, and how that particular site is important to salmon.

Where: Tour sites are Barker Creek, Clear Creek, Old Mill Park, and Chico Creek. After the tour, participants will meet at the Silverdale Community Center for lunch and a presentation on the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Plan.

Cost: $12 per adult, $6 per child under 16

Sponsors: Washington Sea Grant, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management, Kitsap County Department of Community Development, Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Kitsap Public Utility District, Washington State University Extension, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Suquamish Tribe, Kitsap Transit.

More information and registration: Debbie Thomas, Kitsap PUD, 360-626-7723 or dthomas@kpud.org. Space is limited – register by November 10.

3rd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration: Forging the National Imperative, December 9-13, 2006, New Orleans, La., Hilton Riverside Hotel

Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA from December 9-13, 2006

The 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration will bring timely national attention to the challenges and opportunities to comprehensive coastal ecosystem restoration throughout the United States, and will emphasize the challenges ahead in strengthening a national commitment to coastal restoration.

Online registration for Restore America’s Estuaries 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration is now open. Register for the Conference online at: www.estuaries.org/conference.

For further information regarding registration, please contact Mindy Quinnette at (703) 536-4992.

For further information regarding the Conference, please contact Kristin Hoelting at (206) 624-9100, ext. 3# or conference@estuaries.org.

For sponsorship and/or partnership information, please contact Harvey Potts at (206) 624-9100, ext. 2# or hpotts@estuaries.org.

Georgia Basin Puget Sound Research Conference

Georgia Basin Puget Sound Research Conference to be held March 27-29, 2007, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, B.C.

Scientists, Tribes, natural resource managers, decision makers, the private sector, educators, students and concerned citizens will gather at the conference to focus on trans-boundary ecosystem issues and the integration of science and decision making.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Action Team and the Georgia Basin Action Plan, marks the eighth time that such a gathering has taken place. Abstract authors will be notified by Dec. 15. For abstract guidelines and general conference information, visit www.researchconference.org, or contact Sarah Brace, the Action Team’s Science Liaison, sbrace@psat.wa.gov or 360-725-5464.

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