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State of Our Watersheds: Nooksack floodplains far from Salmon Recovery Plan goal

Although the floodplain in the lower mainstem of the Nooksack River has not been degraded in recent years, the habitat is still a long way from meeting the Salmon Recovery Plan’s long-term goal of returning the floodplain to historic conditions. From the State of Our Watersheds Report, released last year by treaty tribes: Based on the most recent comprehensive wetland study, in 1880 there were approximately 4,754 acres of wetlands within the Nooksack River floodplain; by 1998, the floodplain wetlands had been reduced to less than 10% of that historical area. There has been little change in floodplain wetland...

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State of Our Watersheds: Permit-Exempt Wells Hurt Salmon Habitat

While permit-exempt wells represent a source of water for many landowners in the North Olympic Peninsula, withdrawals through these wells affect groundwater supply, thus affecting salmon habitat. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe explores the real-time use of this resource in its chapter of the State of Our Watersheds report. Legally, property owners are allowed to withdraw water for domestic purposes without obtaining a water right. There are 1,003 wells that affect groundwater supply and instream flows in the Lower Elwha Area of Concern.   Between 1980 and 2009, 801 wells were completed at a rate of about 27 new...

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State of Our Watersheds: Six of 12 pocket estuary projects done in Whidbey basin

Six of 12 pocket estuary projects prioritized in the Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan have been completed since 2005. The 12 pocket estuaries total 76.8 acres of usable habitat area within a day’s swimming distance for Skagit River juvenile chinook. The restored pocket estuaries are estimated to increase chinook smolt production by over 48,000 smolts. These findings were included in the treaty tribes’ 2016 State of Our Watershed Report. Since the 2012 report, projects in Turners Bay and Dugualla Heights were completed. Researchers found that more than two-thirds of historic pocket estuaries in the Whidbey basin were completely lost to...

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State of Our Watersheds: Shoreline Modifications Detrimental to Salmon Habitat

Of all the Puget Sound counties, between 2005 and 2014, Mason County had the largest amount of armored shoreline developed on its waterfront properties. More than 200 hydraulic project approvals were issued during that time period, resulting in 1.6 miles of armored shoreline, while only 714 feet of armoring were removed. Armored shoreline is an issue for nearshore habitat, which provides a space for salmonids to rear and forage, and is continually being impacted, according to the most recent State of Our Watersheds Report, released by Northwest Treaty Tribes. Bulkheads, fill, roads, highways, docks and piers are all examples of shoreline development...

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State of Our Watersheds: Altered Shorelines in Port Gamble Bay, Hood Canal

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is concerned about threatened salmon habitat in Puget Sound. The tribe explores the threat in the 2016 State of Our Watersheds report. The tribe is concerned about the amount of shoreline that has been altered in its overall focus area (Clallam, Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties), of which nearly 50 percent already has been modified or armored. On a regional scale, from 2005 to 2014, data from the Hydraulic Project Approval database shows an increase of nearly four miles of armoring in all four counties. Shoreline alterations such as jetties and rockwalls interrupt the flow of...

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