LLTK Receives Funding for Lilliwaup Creek Restoration (Kitsap Sun Article)
Posted on: December 13th, 2011
[This article was originally published in the Kitsap Sun] OLYMPIA — Restoration of the Dosewallips River estuary on the west side of Hood Canal continues next year with a $506,000 grant approved by the state's Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Another major restoration project approved in Hood Canal is the Union River Estuary in Belfair, where a dike will be breached to restore a saltwater marsh.
The Dosewallips and Union river restorations are among 14 Hood Canal projects earmarked for a total of $3.8 million.
On the east side of the Kitsap Peninsula, shorelines will be restored in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island and at Penrose Point State Park on the Key Peninsula. Those are among four projects approved in what is called the West Sound Watersheds region.
The annual salmon grants, which consist of state and federal funds, were approved last week.
"After 12 years of investment and effort, we are conserving and restoring major landscapes across Hood Canal and Puget Sound that are critical to salmon recovery, while carefully balancing community interests," said Richard Brocksmith, director of habitat programs for the Hood Canal Coordinating Council.
"These projects often benefit more than salmon, including Hood Canal's water quality, flood hazard reduction, transportation corridors and natural-resource-dependent jobs like eco-recreation and forestry, to name a few," he added.
Gerry O'Keefe, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership, said the Salmon Recovery Funding Board has developed criteria to ensure that the best salmon-restoration projects rise to the top. The projects align well with recovery goals listed in the Puget Sound Action Agenda, he said.
The Action Agenda is scheduled to be updated next year.
"We expect over time to see even better alignment between the Action Agenda and the SRF Board grants but also better alignment with federal goals (such as the Endangered Species Act)," he said.
Puget Sound chinook salmon and Hood Canal summer chum are listed as threatened species, which means they could become at risk of extinction. Heightened attention is being given to chinook, the primary prey species for Puget Sound killer whales, which are listed as endangered, meaning they are likely to go extinct without dramatic action.
The grants listed are added to match money, which comes from other sources that can include other state and federal grants.
HOOD CANAL PROJECTS
Dosewallips River, $506,000: Wild Fish Conservancy will continue work in the river and estuary that began in 2003. The latest project will remove more than a quarter-mile of revetment and levy, build three logjams for salmon habitat and take out a road and campsites at the edge of the river. Match: $139,000.
Maynard Beach, $484,000: North Olympic Salmon Coalition will restore a quarter-mile of shoreline in Lower Discovery Bay to improve habitat for migrating salmon. The project will remove a portion of an old railroad grade to create a pocket estuary and clean up 2 acres of degraded beach. Match: $85,000.
Big Beef Creek, $355,000: Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will remove a wellhead, a road and two old storage buildings, then reconnect degraded side channels and wetlands in lower Big Beef Creek. Match: $130,000.
Skokomish River, $326,000: The Skokomish Tribe will remove barriers to fish passage near the Great Bend of Hood Canal. This third phase of the estuary restoration includes engineering, construction and replanting. Match: $606,000.
Big Quilcene River, $320,000: Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will buy 30 acres along the lower river, the last unprotected portion of the estuary. The grant also covers removal of wetland fill and shoreline structures. Match: $1.1 million.
Union River Estuary, $300,000: Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will breach a dike in two places, allowing for the restoration of a 32-acre salt marsh. Bridges will be built across the openings in the dike to maintain an existing trail system that connects with the Theler Wetlands. Match: $1.5 million.
Tahuya River, $275,000: Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will place logs and tree roots along the river to increase pools. Other work will reshape the river banks to slow the river and increase spawning habitat. Also, trees will be planted to cool the water and increase food for salmon. Match: $75,000.
Washington Harbor, $260,000: Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe will remove two 6-foot culverts and 600 feet of road to open 37 acres of estuary in Washington Harbor in Sequim. Previous work restored nearby Jimmy-Come-Lately, Salmon and Snow creeks. Match: $1 million.
Knotweed control, $230,000: Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will remove invasive knotweed and plant native vegetation in six river systems throughout Hood Canal while teaching people about this weed that displaces natural vegetation used by salmon. Match: $45,000.
Big Quilcene River, $175,000: Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will install logjams to control the river's flow and capture spawning gravel in an area damaged by people using heavy equipment. Match: $149,000.
Skokomish River, $171,000: Mason Conservation District will acquire several parcels of land, remove buildings and plant vegetation to restore a wetland system adjacent to Highway 101.
Lilliwaup Creek, $168,000: Long Live the Kings will develop a plan for stabilizing the entire creek, restoring natural flows and planting vegetation.
Chimacum Creek, $147,000: Jefferson Land Trust will purchase 5 acres in the estuary north of Irondale to protect the full channel and forested bank. Roads will be removed and vegetation will be planted. Match: $26,000.
Hood Canal shorelines, $97,000: Wild Fish Conservancy will study how juvenile salmon use Hood Canal shorelines. This pilot project will launch what could be a three- to five-year examination of the entire shoreline. Match: $16,000.
WEST SOUND PROJECTS
Penrose Point State Park, $328,000: South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group will remove 700 feet of creosote bulkhead, riprap and fill to restore the natural shoreline. Match: $58,000.
Port Madison, $286,000: Bainbridge Island Land Trust will remove a quarter-mile of bulkhead on a privately owned shoreline to nearly double the intertidal habitat, nearly triple the salt marsh habitat and add nearly 33,000 square feet of shoreline habitat. Match: $50,000.
Gorst Creek, $80,000: Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group will slope the stream bank, plant vegetation and install logs and tree roots to reduce erosion and create resting habitat for salmon a quarter-mile downstream of Jarstad Park off Belfair Valley Road. Match: $14,000.
North Bay, $28,780: Mason County will buy 50 acres of tidelands, salt marsh and forest near the Coulter Creek estuary to protect natural rearing habitat for salmon. Match: $884,000.