RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
2011 grant awards for the Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant
- Town of Coupeville: $495,523
Innovative Penn Cove surface water runoff control project
Construct an innovative constructed wetland facility that will collect, clean and cool surface water runoff before the water is discharge into Penn Cove. Some of the cleaned water will also be used for irrigation during the summer months. The project will assess the effectiveness of this facility to reduce the harmful effects of human activities on water quality and habitat in Penn Cove, which has a robust commercial shellfish industry.
Partner organizations: University of Washington, Island County Marine Resources Committee, Island County Local Integrating Organization, and SvR Design
- Hood Canal Coordinating Council: $550,000 (2 projects)
Integrated watershed management plan using Puget Sound Watershed Characterization Project ($300,000)
Complete an integrated watershed management plan using the Puget Sound Watershed Characterization that will guide the development of an in-lieu-fee mitigation program in the Hood Canal region.
Hood Canal regional stormwater retrofit plan ($250,000)
The council will identify, prioritize, and plan for retrofits of stormwater infrastructure in locations most important to protect and restore to limit surface water runoff and related pollution, and boost rainwater infiltration in the Hood Canal watershed.
Member organizations: Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties and Port Gamble S‚ÄôKlallam Skokomish tribes
- King County: $500,000 (2 projects)
Integrating market-based tools to protect and restore land ($200,000)
Project will establish an integrated transfer of development rights program to help protect agricultural and working forest lands while restoring ecologically important lands using mitigation tools such as wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fees.
Partner organizations: City of Kirkland and Forterra
Improving water quality and habitat in middle Green River sub-basin ($300,000)
The county will use the grant to address water quality problems and degraded salmon habitat by restoring riparian zones along three stream reaches, including portions of the Middle Green River and Newaukum and Soos creeks. This project includes planting native plants, controlling knotweed, conducting public outreach, and monitoring water quality. Public outreach will include landowner workshops on riparian restoration and recruiting landowners to participate in future restoration projects.
- King County Conservation District: $153,402
Snoqualmie Valley grown and active: ‚ÄėWhen cows meet clams‚Äô
Grant establishes an agricultural and forestry production, marketing, and tourism training program to help keep working farms and forests in the Snoqualmie Valley. Program includes providing training to expand the number of working farms and forests practicing sustainable approaches while raising awareness about the important role working lands have on quality of life.
Partner organizations: Cascade Harvest Coalition, Northwest Natural Resource Group, and Calyx Sustainable Tourism
- Kitsap County: $773,990 (3 projects)
Improve stream data to protect freshwater ecosystems ($369,176)
County will expand its water typing assessment by conducting a field survey of stream reaches and developing, testing and refining a computer model to better predict distribution of streams and fish habitats throughout the county. This includes developing an interactive, internet-based site available to the public.
Partner organizations: Wild Fish Conservancy and University of Washington
Sustaining ecological processes, working forests on lands at risk of development ($270,000)
Grant will be used to establish a community partnership to permanently protect working forest lands that provide key ecosystem benefits. This partnership will work to minimize the conversion of forest lands to residential development by applying a variety of land conservation tools.
Partner organizations: Olympic Property Group, Port Gamble S‚ÄôKlallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, WSU Extension, Great Peninsula Conservancy, and Forterra
Watershed based land-use planning ($134,814)
Kitsap County will prepare land-use recommendations for the county‚Äôs 2016 comprehensive plan update, based on an analysis through the Puget Sound Watershed Characterization project. The state departments of Ecology and Fish & Wildlife and Puget Sound Partnership used an EPA grant to develop this regional-scale tool which helps highlight the most important areas to protect and restore, and those most suitable for development throughout the Puget Sound region.
- City of Mukilteo: $75,000
Regional master plan for surface water runoff
The city will develop a regional watershed-based stormwater plan to address increased levels of development, land clearing and impervious surfaces. The plan will enhance the environmental benefits of area watersheds by identifying and prioritizing low impact development opportunities. The city will also use the grant to advance off-site stream and wetland mitigation efforts that will help offset the environmental impacts of development on water quality, water supplies and habitat.
Partner organizations: City of Everett and Mukilteo School District
- The Nature Conservancy: $805,000 (2 projects)
Floodplains by design ‚Äď habitat recovery through collective action ($500,000)
The Nature Conservancy will identify floodplain areas in Puget Sound that have the highest potential to advance multiple benefits such as habitat and flood protection. The Conservancy and its partners will use this analysis as a basis to integrate flood risk reduction and ecosystem restoration information. This framework will help ensure that floodplain management decisions support Puget Sound recovery and community goals such as public safety and recreation.
Partner organizations: Puget Sound Partnership, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey
Farms, fish and floods initiative ($305,000)
The grant will be used to bring together interest groups in the Skagit Delta area to restore the estuary and protect agricultural lands. TNC and its partners will identify and prioritize potential restoration projects, and will also complete the Lower Skagit Delta Agricultural Land Base Analysis to evaluate long-term farmland protection needs to maintain a viable agricultural industry. The project focuses on addressing three core issues in the Skagit Delta: salmon recovery, farmland preservation, and flood risk reduction.
Partner organizations: Western Washington Agricultural Association, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Nisqually Indian Tribe: $170,000
Upper Nisqually ecosystem services demonstration
The Tribe and its partners will establish a framework for marketing the environmental and economic benefits that intact lands provide such as habitat protection and reducing surface water runoff. This is intended to provide incentives to landowners to protect and restore forested lands. Potential buyers could be local salmon enhancement groups and utilities. The project focuses on the Mashel River and Ohop Creek in the upper reaches of the Nisqually watershed near Eatonville.
Partner organizations: Nisqually River Foundation, Nisqually Land Trust, Northwest Natural Resource Group, Earth Economics, Washington State University, and Washington Department of Natural Resources
- Nooksack Indian Tribe: $500,000
Engineered Nooksack River log jams
The Tribe will design and construct engineered log jams in two Nooksack River reaches at South Fork near Hutchinson Reach and North Fork at Wildcat Reach. The project will restore habitat conditions and help improve salmon abundance and productivity, particularly Puget Sound Chinook.
- Skagit County: $200,068
Establish transfer of development rights program
This project will establish a ‚Äútransfer of development rights‚ÄĚ program in Skagit County — and focus on analyzing specific opportunities for the city of Burlington to stimulate commercial redevelopment. Under a transfer of development rights program, private and public developers purchase development rights from farmers or forest landowners so their land remains undeveloped. These development rights can then be used in urban areas better suited to accommodate additional growth. Transfer of development rights programs help save critical farms and forests, and support local economies.
Partner organizations: City of Burlington and Forterra
- Snohomish County: $367,000
Managing land use
Snohomish County will increase its urban densities by establishing a transfer of development rights program and enhancing its transit corridors. The county will also use the grant to help integrate environmental information into their comprehensive plan and development regulations.
- Thurston Conservation District: $187,450
Addressing agricultural land conversion and barriers to direct markets
This project will link farmers looking for land with land owners seeking to protect their lands from development using various land planning tools including open space agriculture tax enrollment, conservation easements, and the transfer and purchase of development rights. The group will also provide farmers training for business planning and accessing capitol and local markets.
Partner organizations: Capitol Land Trust, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Enterprise for Equity, South of the Sound Community Farmland Trust, and The Evergreen State College
- Tulalip Tribes: $186,923
Predictive modeling, protecting coastal salmon streams
The tribe and its partners will identify priority coastal streams in Island County watersheds to protect and restore to ensure this information is incorporated in updates to regulations, ordinances, and plans. Previous study information will be used to develop a predictive model to identify coastal streams that have key characteristics making them suitable salmon rearing habitat. The model will be used in conjunction with watershed characterization data to prioritize protection and restoration efforts. The information will be incorporated into Island County‚Äôs shoreline master program and critical areas ordinance updates as well as other planning processes.
Partner organizations: Skagit River System Cooperative, Wild Fish Conservancy, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Island County, and Whidbey Watershed Stewards
- Washington Department of Natural Resources: $200,000
Watershed services market demonstration projects
The state Department of Natural Resources will initiate demonstration projects in two watersheds to establish markets where forest landowners receive money to protect and maintain their lands. As the buyers in these markets, downstream beneficiaries purchase watershed services such as surface water runoff control and salmon habitat enhancement. The project will establish partnerships, identify priority forest lands, develop measures for valuing specific watershed services, identify potential buyers and sellers, and develop an infrastructure for market transactions.
Partner organizations: U.S. Forest Service, Washington Department of Health, Nisqually Tribe, Snohomish County, Nisqually Land Trust, Northwest Natural Resources Group and Willamette Partnership
- Washington Invasive Species Council: $225,000
Combating invasive species
The council will use the grant to continue work already started to identify the extent and impact of invasive species in Puget Sound watersheds. The council will build a database and species maps, and develop a survey tool to update the information annually. This work will bring together information from a variety of existing sources into one database, allowing the council to assess the current status of invasive species and identify information gaps.
- Washington State University: $480,584
Putting science to work to address surface water runoff
This grant will support extensive testing of bioretention methods and permeable pavement at the Washington State University Research & Extension Center in Puyallup. These results will be used to develop scientifically-defensible performance and design guidelines for low impact development techniques that will be disseminated and applied on-the-ground with partners in four different watersheds across Puget Sound.
Partner organizations: Port of Tacoma, City of Bellingham, City of Puyallup, and Kitsap County
- Whatcom County: $358,471
Enhancing agriculture and water quality in Nooksack River basin
Whatcom County and its partners will establish a system that will provide incentives to landowners to restore agricultural lands in northern Whatcom County by marketing the services that intact streams and riparian areas provide such as protecting habitat and improving water quality. The project will identify high priority areas to protect and restore, and explore options for protecting these properties through the transfer of development rights and establishing a mitigation program, such as in-lieu-fee. These programs will be tested in a pilot watershed.
Partner organizations: Whatcom Farm Friends, Whatcom Conservation District, and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Whidbey Island Conservation District: $120,000
Ebey‚Äôs Prairie stormwater remediation project
The Conservation District and its partners will use a watershed-based approach to reduce contaminants that enter the drainage system in Ebey‚Äôs Prairie by tackling them at their sources and improving water treatment facilities. The project will launch a targeted outreach and education effort to raise awareness regarding the extent and causes of water quality degradation throughout the watershed. The grant will also be used to provide technical assistance to landowners, including using best management practices and restoring natural filtration functions within the drainage system. The project will produce a design to improve contaminant removal near the outlet of the drainage system.
Partner organizations: Island County, Island County Marine Resources Committee, City of Coupeville, The Nature Conservancy and Trust Board of Ebey‚Äôs Landing National Historical Reserve
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