WRIA 9 Interlocal Agreement: Supporting Implementation of the Salmon Habitat Plan

Seventeen local jurisdictions in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed or Water Resource Inventory Area 9 (WRIA 9) are partnering through an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) to coordinate implementation of the Salmon Habitat Plan (WRIA 9 Plan). The purpose of the ILA is to provide a mechanism, staffing, and governance structure for the joint funding and implementation of the WRIA 9 Plan.

View the WRIA 9 Interlocal Agreement (ILA) 2016-2025 (Adobe 1.2 MB).

Background

As part of a regional response to the 1999 listings of Puget Sound Chinook salmon and bull trout as threatened under the Endangered Species Act,17 local governments within WRIA 9 entered into a five-year ILA to cost-share development, review, and approval of the WRIA 9 Plan, which was completed in August 2005. The WRIA 9 ILA was extended through 2006 and again in 2007 through 2015. By the end of 2015, 16 of 17 local government partners have updated and renewed the ILA for the ten year period between 2016 and 2025.

The renewed ILA continues the partnership for implementation of the WRIA 9 Plan by helping to cost-share the WRIA 9 staff team and supporting the Watershed Ecosystem Forum (WEF) and assocated committee; assisting local goverments with implementation of policy and programmatic recommendations from the WRIA 9 Plan; managing grant programs for habitat protection and restoration projects; supporting public outreach and education; maintaining the WRIA 9 website and providing communication services; and performing administrative duties such as budget tracking, reporting, and support services to the Watershed Ecosystem Forum, committees, and local government partners.

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