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State of our Watersheds: Coho are killed by poison before they can spawn

Coho salmon returning from the ocean are dying before they can spawn because the water they’re swimming in is killing them. Stormwater from fall rains picks up pollution like copper from brake pads and pesticides before flowing into coho spawning streams. Almost 200 miles of streams around Seattle have an estimated pre-spawn mortality of one-third or greater, according to the recently released State of Our Watersheds Report. The report was compiled by the the treaty tribes in western Washington. From the report: NOAA and USFWS researchers have developed a model to predict areas of (pre-spawn mortality) PSM in Puget...

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State of Our Watersheds: More Wells, More Problems

Hood Canal has experienced substantial population growth the past few decades, especially along the shoreline, bringing an increased demand for water resources from local aquifers. There are more than 7,200 water wells in Hood Canal right now; 256 of them were installed between 2010-2014 alone and 112 of them are located within one mile of the Hood Canal shoreline, according to a report recently released by treaty tribes of Western Washington, the State of Our Watersheds. There are concerns that increased pumping form aquifers in this area would likely lead to saltwater intrusion from Hood Canal into those aquifers. In...

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State of Our Watersheds: Depressed Herring Populations

Port Gamble Bay once was home to one of the largest herring populations in Puget Sound, a forage fish that is vital to the marine ecosystem. These forage fish are considered an indicator of the overall health of the marine environment. They are known for preferring nearshore areas containing vegetation and bay inlets, with priority habitat in sheltered bays. However, from 1972 to 2012, the herring stock status in Port Gamble Bay went from healthy to depressed, with 50 percent of the herring spawning areas either modified or armored by 2014, according to the 2016 State of Our Watersheds,...

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State of Our Watersheds: Culverts Blocking Fish Access in Kitsap

Culverts mess up fish habitat. And Kitsap County is filled with them. In fact, there are enough culverts to partially or fully block salmon from accessing 78 miles of habitat in East Kitsap County, according to the 2016 State of Our Watersheds, recently released by the tribes of NWIFC.   Nearly 100 percent of the drainage units are impacted by high road densities while 37 percent are negatively impacted by stream crossings. High road densities require stream crossings, culverts and other structures that constrain stream channels. The removal of fish passage restrictions in streams that provide important salmon habitat...

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State of Our Watersheds: Lower Skagit not meeting temperature goals

The Lower Skagit River will not be in compliance with the state’s Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) plan by 2080, according to the State of Our Watersheds Report released by the tribes of the NWIFC. The TMDL is a planning tool to implement the Clean Water Act. It includes a voluntary plan for reducing stream temperature through a combination of financial incentives, outreach and technical training, and communication. With these measures in place, streams are supposed to be in temperature compliance by 2080. Cool, clean water is essential to the survival of threatened chinook salmon. The primary way to lower stream temperature is by increasing the amount of shade from trees. Unfortunately, by 2011, more than 51% of riparian acreage along fish-bearing streams within the Lower Skagit watersheds was non-forested and impaired. From the report: This suggests that the lower Skagit is failing to meet the primary management recommendation of the temperature TMDL: riparian reforestation. High stream temperatures impact Chinook salmon at all life stages, especially during juvenile rearing. The Lower Skagit Temperature TMDL remains in place for eight tributaries in the lower Skagit watershed as they are out of state compliance with Washington state water quality standards. . . . The present trend suggests that streams will not be compliance by 2080. Learn more about the 2016 State of Our Watersheds...

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