Salmon Plan Implementation
In 1999, Puget Sound chinook salmon and bull trout were listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA protects listed species as well as habitat the species need to survive and prosper. Several efforts are under way in WRIA 7 to coordinate salmon conservation and recovery.
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum - Salmon Plan 5-Year Status Report (2005-2010) (26 MB .pdf).
The report summarizes progress and trends in habitat restoration and habitat protection during the first five years of implementation following completion of the Salmon Plan. The report also summarizes trends in human population growth in the watershed as well as the status of salmon populations.
Finalized June 2, 2005, this plan guides actions to protect and restore salmon runs in the Snohomish River Basin and responds to recent listings of Puget Sound Chinook salmon and bull trout as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Puget Sound steelhead were also listed as threatened in 2007, while Coho salmon are designated as a species of concern.
Recommendations in this plan are:
- based on sound technical analysis;
- focus on high-level activity in priority habitat areas;
- focus on near-term recovery milestones (the next ten years);
- and include capital projects, technical assistance, policy recommendations, stewardship, and incentives.
The Snohomish River Basin Salmon Conservation Plan is the local response to the listing of Chinook and bull trout under the Endangered Species Act. Chinook in the Snoqualmie Watershed have declined to approximately 10% of historic population levels.
The Plan was developed by a multi-stakeholder group that included local governments, Tribes, businesses, non-profits, citizens, and others. It directs salmonid recovery efforts to where they will make the most difference. The Plan represents a balance of the economic, social, and environmental issues in the area.
The Plan addresses the specific needs identified for salmonid recovery in the Snohomish Basin. These include:
- protection of spawning areas;
- improvement of juvenile rearing habitat such as, complex edge habitat, quality riparian forests, and connected off-channel habitat;
- and protection of forest cover across the basin.
Actions in the Plan will benefit all salmonid species with a short term priority focus on Endangered Species Act listed species. The Plan includes:
- A long-term vision (~ 50 years) to achieve Chinook recovery to approximately 70% of historic populations (a level at which the State and Tribes consider the species to be recovered).
- Ten-year milestones for improvements to key habitat conditions critical for salmonid survival.
- Broad sets of actions across the Snohomish Basin to customize the roles of agriculture, forestry, urban and rural areas in salmonid recovery. Actions include: maintaining forest cover, protecting habitat in good condition, restoring habitat in poor condition, and working cooperatively with willing landowners.
WRIA 7 Salmon Conservation Plan Implementation
Since 1999, the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, partnering with the Snohomish Basin Salmon Recovery Forum and other watershed organizations, has been developing protection and restoration strategies to ensure salmon recovery. In 2005, the adoption of the Shohomish River Basin Salmon Recovery Plan (Plan) helped guide numerous salmon habitat actions including:
- Restoration & protection projects
- salmon-friendly policies & regulations
- Watershed stewardship activities
- Landowner incentives & education
- Scientific monitoring programs
The Plan's River Restoration Goals
Snoqualmie 2015: Building for Salmon Recovery and Watershed Health - February 2006
This report covers a 10-year vision for safeguarding the Snoqualmie watershed's remaining natural resources and restore habitat for salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Potential Restoration & Protection projects in the Snoqualmie Watershed
The Snoqualmie 2015: Building for Salmon Recovery and Watershed Health report outlines a ambitious list of projects to restore salmon habitat and protect the watershed's health.
Private Landowners support Salmon Recovery
The Plan recognized that private landowners have an important role in salmon recovery. For example, 85% of the Snoqualmie River shoreline is in private agricultural uses. The Forum and other partners have worked very closely with farmers to restore salmon habitat while keeping agriculture viable in the Snoqualmie Watershed.