Fish & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
- Marine Shoreline Monitoring and Compliance Pilot Project in WRIA 9
King County will survey 90 miles of marine shoreline in WRIA 9 to collect shoreline use data that will be cross-checked with baseline data. Any new, unpermitted, anthropogenic shoreline modifications will be addressed to ensure compliance with existing regulations.
- Targeted Outreach to Reduce Impacts from Shore Hardening in the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area
Northwest Straits Foundation—$99,830
The goal of this project is to prevent the negative ecosystem impacts that result from hardening of the marine shoreline in the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (PSMSA). Activities focus on conducting targeted outreach to county planners and coastal landowners, and will include a professional development workshop for Island and Snohomish County planning staff, a workshop for coastal landowners in the PSMSA, and professional consultations for coastal landowners on alternative shoreline erosion control.
Partners: Island and Snohomish County Marine Resource Committees and County Planning Departments
- Protecting Nearshore and Marine Habitat in Mason County: Improving Permit Processes, Enforcement, and Public Outreach
Mason County Department of Community Development will improve implementation and compliance with the County’s Resource Ordinance (RO) regarding shoreline development practices. The County will create a Resource Ordinance Working Group to develop recommendations and success targets, and provide tools to train County staff in GIS and permitting plan review and inspection. An outreach program will educate shoreline property owners and help shoreline landowners comply with existing regulations.
Partners: Mason County Conservation District
- Nearshore Permitting Effectiveness through TACT
Kitsap County, San Juan County and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will implement a trouble shooting, action planning, course correction and tracking and monitoring (TACT) approach to reviewing and renovating shoreline permitting systems. The goal is to increase the use and efficacy of ecological protection provisions in shoreline permitting programs.
Partners: San Juan County, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Protecting the Strait of Juan de Fuca Nearshore Coastal Watershed Institute—$320,179
The work funded through this grant will provide new data and improved tools to support and enhance effective shoreline regulation in Clallam County. It will link coastal physical processes, the economic values of these functions, and the land use practices required to protect these functions. New data such as high-precision bluff erosion rates will help to delineate hazardous areas. The project will also quantify the economic values of ecosystem services in the Elwha and Dungeness Nearshore and share the results with landowners, developers, and other stakeholders. Community outreach and workshops will enhance public understanding of the connection between land use, property management, and nearshore ecosystem functions and values along Clallam County’s shoreline.
Partners: Clallam County, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Ecology, Earth Economics
- Protecting Ecosystem Functions with Sea Level Rise and Cumulative Effects Management Tools
Friends of San Juans—$150,000
The goal of this project is to achieve long-term protection of nearshore ecosystems by creating new technical tools and adaptive management strategies to address cumulative impacts and sea level rise within existing regulatory frameworks, provide policy reform recommendations, and encourage improvements to conservation policies at the local and regional level.
Partners: Coastal Geologic Services, Salish Sea Biological and a technical team of local, state, tribal and university experts
- 20% More Eelgrass by 2020: Restoration Site Identification, and Investigating Restoration Barriers
Washington State Department of Natural Resources—$506,403
This project will locate sites within Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca suitable for successful eelgrass restoration, with specific focus on identifying sites that would be conserved from future anthropogenic disturbances and resilient to climate change. This project will develop a habitat suitability ratings specific to Puget Sound; apply and link a nearshore hydrodynamic model and a water properties model to predict conditions required by eelgrass; interact with local, regional, and tribal shoreline planners and regulators and research scientists to determine where regulations are not effectively reducing stress to eelgrass; and provide recommendations on restoring and protecting resilient eelgrass meadows.
Partners: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Puget Sound Shoreline Master Program Improvement
Futurewise will work with counties, cities, and state agencies to provide technical assistance and outreach on Shoreline Master Program (SMP) implementation, and with citizens on SMP updates. The goals are to ensure no net loss of fish and wildlife habitats, protection of shoreline ecosystems and water quality, and to encourage effective and efficient permitting. Futurewise will work with citizens to provide information on the value of SMP updates and the importance of protecting Puget Sound.
- Ensuring Regulatory Effectiveness in Puget Sound’s Most Special Places
Washington Environmental Council—$300,000
The goal of this project is to provide education about aquatic reserves and develop Citizen Stewards for five Puget Sound aquatic reserves by training local citizens to be involved in their stewardship and to help improve implementation of regulations in adjacent areas. Citizen Stewardship Committees will prioritize work objectives based on the adopted management plans for each reserve and then will conduct technical protection policy work, citizen science and outreach/education activities.
Partners: Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Whidbey Watershed Stewards, ReSources for Sustainable Communities, Preserve Our Islands
- Marine Shoreline Design Guidance
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife—$468,712
WDFW will lead the development of engineering guidance on soft shoreline armoring techniques. A lack of good guidance on softer shoreline armoring is a significant barrier to the use of alternatives to hard armoring in Puget Sound. This project will evaluate the performance of six major shoreline protection techniques with respect to site and process unit conditions, and compile a set of best practices and determine which techniques are appropriate in certain environments.
- Mapping Puget Sound Feeder Bluffs
Washington Department of Ecology—$355,500
This project will produce sound-wide data on the location of feeder bluffs, bluffs that provide a significant volume of sediment to the beach, and guidance on the significance and use of this information. It also includes coordination and engagement with other organizations (including local governments, the Puget Sound Partnership, the science community, and tribes), supporting projects by advisory group members, and increasing capacity at Ecology to provide coordination and guidance on feeder bluff issues.
- Support Public Awareness, Outreach and Engagement on SMP Updates
Puget Sound Partnership—$49,500
The Grant Program is contributing funding to two Targeted Awareness Grants (TAG) through Puget Sound Partnership that are intended to increase public awareness and understanding that Puget Sound is in trouble, as well as the significance and potential impacts of shoreline management. The Grant Program will provide partial funding to Friends of the San Juans through their TAG to develop SMP update related information and maps, and is fully funding a TAG to WSU Extension-Mason County to conduct outreach and education about the importance of shorelines and the SMP update.
Quantifying the Impacts of Shoreline Armoring
Skagit River System Cooperative—$353,583
Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Skagit River System Cooperative will study the impacts of shoreline armoring on nearshore processes and species. Project partners include the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and University of Washington researchers. The information gathered will serve to fill a critical knowledge gap identified by Puget Sound resource managers and researchers.
Partners: University of Washington, Swinomish Tribal Community, Tulalip Tribe, NOAA
Puget Sound Derelict Net Removal and Pilot Response Program
Northwest Straits Foundation—$667,360
Derelict nets are a significant threat to marine and nearshore habitat and species. The Northwest Straits Foundation (NWSF) will coordinate the removal of the remaining, known, shallow water nets in Puget Sound. NWSF will also design and implement a response and removal program for new and reported lost nets.
The seven habitat restoration and protection projects listed below have been selected through the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program for partial funding by the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program.
- Barnum Point Acquisition - Bluff Backed Beach
The Nature Conservancy—$213,333
The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Island County, will purchase and permanently protect property which includes important feeder bluffs, tidelands, and marine riparian habitat including natural shorelines. The acquisition of Barnum Point will directly benefit more than 7,100 acres already in conservation ownership by protecting important on-site habitats, including mature marine riparian forest, and ecological processes, such as sediment supply and transport, that are critical to the long-term integrity of the larger ecosystem.
- Dabob Natural Area Acquisition - Bluff Backed Beach
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)—$213,333
Funding for this project will help TNC permanently protect over 20 acres of coastal and marine riparian forest and 750 ft. of shoreline of the DNR Dabob Bay Natural Area. The acquisition is part of a larger effort to protect the high habitat and functional value of the area.
- Point Heyer Drift Cell Preservation Phase II - Bluff Backed Beach
King County Department of Natural Resources—$213,333
The goal of the project is to preserve about 90% of the Pt. Heyer Drift Cell shoreline, one of the few highly functioning drift cells in Central Puget Sound. Funds will be used to protect sediment supply, transport, and depositional process, the riparian area, intertidal habitats, and salt marsh.
- Port Susan Bay Dike Setback - River Delta
The Nature Conservancy—$162,450
Funds will be used to complete the implementation phase and initiate evaluation phase of this project for dike setback and restoration of 150 acres of estuarine habitat.
- Skokomish Estuary Restoration Phase III - River Delta
Mason County Conservation District and Skokomish Tribe—$162,450
Grant funds will support work to reconnect 300 acres of wetland complex to the Skokomish Estuary, with the goal of restoring the total hydrologic connection between wetlands in the estuary site. The quality and amount of usable habitat to this single wetland complex will be vastly improved in the near term.
- Milltown Island/ South Fork Skagit River Restoration - River Delta
Skagit River System Cooperative—$162,450
This river delta restoration project includes demolition of ½ mile of relic dikes on Milltown Island and evaluation of conditions at Deepwater and Wiley Slough project sites. These activities will inform adaptive management recommendations targeted toward future actions in the South Fork delta.
- Woodard-Chapman Bay Fill Removal – Open Coastal Inlet
Washington Department of Natural Resources—$162,450
Grant funds will be used to support a larger effort to restore 500 acres of nearshore habitat within the Woodard Bay NRCA boundary, including removal of 28,000 cubic yards of fill from the base of the Chapman Bay Piers, and acquisition of important properties within the Chapman Bay watershed. This is a unique opportunity to restore and conserve one of the largest, intact complexes of nearshore habitats permanently protected in southern Puget Sound.
- Ballast Water Management Assessment
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington—$139,943
The goal of this project is to assess current ballast water management practices, which require vessels to perform an open sea ballast water exchange to minimize discharge and transport of coastal invasive species. Analysis of existing and new ballast water samples will indicate the rate of compliance, assist in targeting enforcement efforts, and lead to improved ballast water management strategies.
- Assessment of Biofouling Threats to Puget Sound
Portland State University—$149,364
This project will evaluate and report on biofouling-associated aquatic invasive species invasions in Puget Sound. It will provide information on history and current status, and insights into priorities for a state biofouling management strategy that will interrupt and decrease the risk of this potent invasion pathway.
Partners: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
- Addressing Key Threats from Large Oil Spills through Data Analysis and Guidance on Risk Management
Puget Sound Partnership- $200,000
This project will assess key threats to Puget Sound from large oil spills, using and expanding on an existing risk model, in order to identify effective management strategies.
- Preparing COASST Post-Spill
University of Washington: Coastal Observation Seabird Survey Team-$57,661
A grant to COASST will help to expand the COASST bird mortality baseline dataset and provide training for team members who respond to oil spills. An oil spill protocol will be produced and select COASST participants will be trained in protection from hazardous materials and in early on-scene reconnaissance in the event of a spill. A report will be produced for state and federal agencies, MRCs, and tribal governments outlining relevant COASST resources (data, trained participants) in their trust management areas.
- Geographic Expansion of the Puget Sound Seabird Survey and Early On-Scene Training
Seattle Audubon Society-$53,299
The Seattle Audubon Society will expand the Puget Sound Seabird Survey into Strait of Juan de Fuca and northwest Whidbey Island. They will gather data important in assessing ecological damage in the event of an oil spill. This project will also train volunteers to assess conditions at the scene of a reported oil spill in order to provide real-time monitoring and data collection.
- Swinomish Oil Spill Preparedness Project
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community-$35,003
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will implement a project to develop local capacity to provide timely, high quality information to regional Incident Command, and to develop local capacity to mobilize local assets and manpower in the event of a spill.
- Community Engagement for Oil Spill Response and Readiness
Northwest Straits Foundation-$59,997
This project will facilitate community engagement in oil spill preparedness and response in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Jefferson, and Clallam Counties. The Northwest Straits Foundation will provide workshops for the public, local governments, and Tribal officials, and will actively invite officials to participate in industry-led drills. The Northwest Straits foundation will also offer oiled wildlife care classes for interested community members and develop incident notification communication trees, as needed, for use in the event of an oil spill.
- Toxic Contaminant Monitoring in Mussels
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife—$207,620
The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the geographic extent and magnitude of contamination in nearshore biota, using mussels as an indicator, and developing an expanded network of monitoring sites. This worked is linked to the “Impacts of Outfalls on Eelgrass” project as well as to the development of status and trends monitoring in support of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System in Puget Sound.
- Impacts of Outfalls on Eelgrass
Washington Department of Natural Resources—$171,760
DNR will study locations where outfalls discharge in close proximity to eelgrass beds to identify areas of greatest potential impacts, summarize impacts to eelgrass from outfalls through literature review, and gather data through tissue samples of eelgrass contamination in Puget Sound. This information will contribute to the understanding of the impacts of outfalls on eelgrass and will support informed management. It is linked to the “Toxic Contaminant Monitoring in Mussels” grant.