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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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State of Our Watersheds: Riprap Hurts Hoh

Shoreline armoring in both fresh and saltwater is one of the most pervasive and growing problems facing salmon populations in our region. Armoring techniques like riprapping – adding rocks to riverbanks to prevent erosion – cut salmon off from vital habitat. According to the recently released State of Our Watersheds Report by the treaty tribes in western Washington, the riprapping on the Hoh River has gotten worse. From the report: The mainstem Hoh River has over 3.7 miles of riprap between River Mile 1 and 37. Since 2012, there have been at least four new riprap projects as well...

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State of Our Watersheds: Well withdrawals should be capped

The state should propose a 350 gallon per day cap on permit-exempt wells withdrawing from the Stillaguamish watershed to protect against unaccounted over-withdrawal of water. By reducing the amount of surface water, over-withdrawal can harm salmon at all stages of their life cycle. From the State of Our Watersheds Report, released last year from the NWIFC: In the 2014 Stillaguamish Water Reservations Report, Washington Department of Ecology reported that 818 wells were withdrawing 143,500 gallons of water per day from the groundwater reserve for permit-exempt wells that was established in 2005. According to Ecology, an additional 50 to 75...

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