Salmon Habitat Plan Implementation

Salmon Habitat Plan: Cornerstone for Recovery

The Salmon Habitat Plan for the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9) provides guidance for actions to protect and restore streams, rivers, and the Puget Sound nearshore in southern King County.

The Plan duration is from 2006 to 2015.

The Plan covers the freshwater streams and rivers in southern King County as well as the Puget Sound marine nearshore.

The Plan constitutes a watershed chapter in the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, approved in January 2007 by the federal government.

Implementation of the Habitat Plan will contribute to meeting the goals of the Action Agenda (Adobe Acrobat) for Puget Sound created through the Puget Sound Partnership effort.

Implementing the Habitat Plan

Work to implement the recommendations of the plan is under way. Progress in implementing recommendations of the Habitat Plan is guided by the Implementation Management Plan (Adobe Acrobat 1.2 MB), approved by the Steering Committee in 2006.

The Watershed Ecosystem Forum, successor to the Steering Committee, also has adopted the Three-Year Watershed Implementation Priorities (Habitat Work Schedule) (Adobe Acrobat), last updated in May 2010.

The Watershed Ecosystem Forum, in cooperation with the King Conservation District, is helping to fund the priority projects and programs. Many projects are being funded with a combination of federal, state, and local government dollars.

Assisting the Watershed Ecosystem Forum is the Implementation Technical Committee.

The local activities and partners page links to recent and current projects in the five subwatersheds that make up the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed.

Implementation of individual habitat conservation and restoration projects is tracked and managed using the Lead Entity Habitat Work Schedule.

Funding the Habitat Plan

Because of significant shortfalls between available funds and the amounts necessary to implement the Salmon Habitat Plan, the Watershed Ecosystem Forum in 2009 began discussing possible funding mechanims.

Learn about the funding mechanisms.

Progress Reports on Implementation

In March 2015 the latest Implementation Progress Report 2005-2014 was released, highlighting accomplishments and news in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9 )since implementation of the Salmon Habitat Plan began nine years ago. The Implementation Progress Report updates the Implementation Progress Report 2005-2011, which was published in 2012.

What's My Role as a Citizen in Plan Implementation?

Successful implementation of the Salmon Habitat Plan requires action by individual citizens, businesses, and governments. You can lend a hand to help protect and restore the habitat salmon require.

Future generations will thank you for your involvement!

Why We Use the Habitat Plan

There are many reasons for the decline of the icon fish of the Pacific Northwest. Fish harvest, hatchery policies, hydropower dams, and habitat destruction all are significant contributors. Because of the complexity of the puzzle, we have to work together to spend scarce dollars wisely and effectively.

Using the Salmon Habitat Plan is our way to meet this challenge.

The habitat piece of the puzzle alone is complicated. Each of us, in our daily lives, affect fish habitat when we do things as simple as:

The impact of these activities is multiplied many fold because there are over 600,000 persons who share this watershed. And it's not just the actions of individuals -- businesses and governments also affect fish habitat by:

Because there are multiple causes of habitat destruction, because so many of us can harm or help salmon habitat, and because the needs of salmon vary among species and between watersheds, we have devoted a lot of time and money to carefully assess the problems and identify solutions. This effort produced the Salmon Habitat Plan we are using today.