On December 4, 2013 the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) awarded WRIA 9 $1,299,434 in SRFB/Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) funding for the following two projects:
- Beginning Restoration of the Mill Creek Confluence with the Green River (City of Kent) - $350,000
Conducts sediment studies, site preparation, and some planting for a larger project that will create a side channel off Mill Creek, providing 2 acres of floodplain habitat near the confluence of the Green River. The larger project will include placing logjams in the creek to slow the water and create places for salmon to rest, hide from predators, and feed; removing invasive plants; and planting more than 2 acres of creek bank and 6 acres of upland to help shade the creek and cool the water. For more information and photographs of this project, visit Recreation and Conservation Office's (RCO) online Project Search.
- Restoring Duwamish Gardens (City of Tukwila) - $949,434
Excavates a 2-acre site, removing 45,000 cubic yards of material and creating an acre of shallow water mudflat and marsh habitat, and restoring an acre of shoreline at Duwamish Gardens. The work will be done adjacent to lands owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources on the right bank of the Duwamish River between freshwater and saltwater, where young salmon transition to saltwater. Off-channel and shallow water habitats in this stretch of the Duwamish River will provide opportunities for Chinook salmon to move out of the main river channel to places where they can feed and grow. For more information and photographs of this project, visit Recreation and Conservation Office's (RCO) online Project Search.
On August 26, 2013 WRIA 9 was awarded early action funding from SRFB and PSP to fund one project:
- Seahurst Park Shoreline Phase 2b (City of Burien) - $2,277,806
Complete restoration of the Seahurst Park Ph II Ecosystem Restoration project. Overall, the project includes 1) removing shoreline armoring, 2) enhancing stream mouths, marsh and riparian vegetation conditions, and 3) relocating park and educational facilities for public use in ways that do not conflict with the ecosystem restoration. Additional objectives include reconnecting feeder bluffs to the intertidal to restore sediment supply, improving intertidal habitat, and increasing suitable high intertidal spawning areas for forage fish and for juvenile salmon refuge and prey production. For more information and photographs of this project, visit RCO's online Project Search.
On September 9, 2013 WRIA 9 received $1,200,000 in Cooperative Watershed Management Grants from the King County Flood Control District. The eight projects and proposals funded inlcude:
Small Projects Fund (1):
- Judd Creek Wood Placement (King County) - $80,000
Works with a private property owner to create habitat improvements on their property to benefit salmon. Project includes installing large woody debris, native plantings and controlling invasive species.
High Priority Project Implementation Fund (1):
- Duwamish Gardens Construction, Year 2 (City of Tukwila) - $765,000
Constructs off-channel fish habitat, riparian plantings, and minor park elements on a 2.16 acre site owned by the City of Tukwila. This project will create approximately one acre of shallow water juvenile salmonid habitat in the Duwamish sub-watershed transition zone.
Education/Stewardship Fund (1):
- Changing Behaviors: Improving Watershed Health & Salmon Habitat (Environmental Science Center) - $30,000
Helps improve the Puget Sound watershed by delivering programs and engaging activities focus on teaching students and the community about the concerns with watershed health and salmon recovery. These programs and events ask participants to take personal responsibility for their watershed by making positive behavior changes.
- Cumulative Habitat Conditions Monitoring - Lower Green and Duwamish (King County) - $50,000
Collects large woody debris, pool and shoreline armoring information in the Lower Green and Duwamish sub-watersheds that can be compared with data collected in 2004. This leverages work that will be contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers to continue sampling efforts downstream.
- Lower Green River Juvenile Fish Use Surveys (King County) - $30,000
Collects pre-project construction fish use data in the Lower Green river where multiple projects will be occurring over the next five years. Juvenile fish use of the lower river is not well understood and this will help provide essential information for how restoration projects perform and guide future restoration design.
- Beach Naturalist Program (Seattle Aquarium) - $42,000
Public education and outreach program that uses local citizen volunteers to teach the general public about the importance of the nearshore environment. The request is for support for 2013 and 2014.
- WRIA 9 Capital Projects & Programs Implementation/Administration (King County) - $163,000
Provides resources to project sponsors, including local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations, in order to get high priority projects completed in a consistent and timely manner. The intent of the work is to also asess service delivery and recommend areas for future development including conducting a stakeholder process.
- Green River Smolt Trap - Smolt Monitoring (WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) - $40,000
Contribute towards operation of the Green River screw trap, located on the Middle Green River at Rivermile 34.5. The focus of this project is to estimate the number of naturally-produced Puget Sound Chinook originating from this river system and is part of a long-term monitoring effort.
The Implementation Progress Report provides a snapshot of the accomplishments WRIA 9 has made over the past six years to implement the Salmon Habitat Plan. Since Plan adoption, accomplishments include significant progress on 33 of 162 high priority salmon habitat projects, and support of many stewardship, education and outreach programs. See the Report on the Implementation Progress Report page to learn more (Adobe Acrobat).