What's New

Jumping ChinookThank you for all of the positive feedback on the new look of the WRIA 9 WIRE! In this issue you'll find grant and volunteer opportunities along with a new feature: "Did you know?" highlighting interesting facts and trivia about the watershed.


EPA extends public comment period for the revision of certain federal water quality criteria applicable to Washington

Newborn Orca 'Baby Boom' depends upon our breaching deadbeat dams


Howard Hansen DamWelcome rain improves outlook for Puget Sound water supply

2015 State of the Sound report shows mixed results
The 2015 State of the Sound, released Nov. 2 by the Puget Sound Partnership, indicates that while the Puget Sound recovery community is making progress in effectively restoring habitat, measures for Chinook salmon, Southern Resident Killer Whales, herring, and other native species show a decline, and local improvements in water quality still don’t add up to improvements at the regional scale.

 Puget Sound recovery hinges on blocking polluted runoff

King County's South Park Bridge named best bridge project in U.S. for 2015

Enter a contest to name King County’s new environmental research vessel

UPDATE: Wildlife experts rescuing oiled birds after White Center pond spill

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 SMA INTERN PROGRAM -- All WRIA 9 jurisdictions are potential HOST cities

The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA), in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service (USDA-FS) Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program, the Alliance for Community Trees, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Society of American Foresters, and the Utility Arborist Association, is launching the sixth year of a Municipal Forestry Intern Program (SMA Intern).

Intern Positions are available nationwide for the Summer, 2016 Internship Program!

Grant Opportunities

EPA Urban Waters November 20, 2015 Request for Proposals deadline

The mission of EPA’s Urban Waters Program is to help local residents and their organizations, particularly those in underserved communities, restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. One of the ways the Urban Waters Program is accomplishing this mission is through the Urban Waters Small Grants Program. This program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

The DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program offers financial assistance to cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, educational institutions, and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in Washington State.

Among the options for available assistance are the annual grants made possible by Federal funds through the US Forest Service. There are three grant opportunities available:

More information about each of these grants, along with application materials, are available on the DNR Urban and Community Forestry webpage (under “Financial Assistance”). Substantial changes were made this year to instructions, funding levels and grant requirements, so be sure to read the application packets closely!

Save the date for a grant writing webinar that will discuss the grant application process, as well as answer any questions that applicants may have about writing or submitting a proposal. The webinar will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 18th.


Ecology is offering two workshops to help potential project sponsors understand the program intent and give feedback on project ideas. The workshops will provide a general overview of the Floodplains by Design (FbD) grant program, the processes and timelines involved in project selection, and offer tips and advice about what makes a successful proposal. The workshops will be held at two locations:

November 19, 2015
9:00 am -- 12:00 pm
Ecology Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, WA  98903

November 24, 2015
9:00 am -- 12:00 pm
Ecology HQ Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA  98503

Participants are asked to bring their ideas about projects for their communities as well as questions about the grant program. The first part of the workshop will provide the overview of the FbD grant program, its intent and requirements. The second part will be broken into small groups to discuss more project-specific questions and provide more direct feedback to sponsors. For more information...

December 5th - Longfellow Creek - Seattle Final Planting!

Did you know?

Months earlier than the famous Denny Party landed at Alki in 1851, Jacob Mapel, Samauel Mapel, Henry Van Asselt, and Luther Collins established the first non-native land claims in King County, along the Duwamish River in the area that is now Georgetown and north Tukwila.

Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In WRIA 9, citizens, scientists, businesses, environmental and community organizations, and local, state and federal governments are cooperating on protection and restoration projects and have developed a science-based plan to conserve salmon today and for future generations. Funding for the salmon conservation plan is provided by 17 local governments in the watershed.

Thank you for helping make our Watershed “Fit for a King!”