The Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) is a WDFW-led initiative in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) under their Ecosystem Restoration mission area. Initiated as a Corps Reconnaissance and General Investigation Study in 1999, early PSNERP work collected data about the nearshore zone of Puget Sound and brought together representatives from Tribal, State, Local, and Federal governments, Universities, as well as non-profit organizations to describe the challenges, opportunities, and federal interest in the Puget Sound nearshore ecosystem.
This early work (feasibility phase) led to Congressional Authorization of a package of large-scale ecosystem restoration projects, and the release of the “Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration: Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (FFR/EIS).” Supporting peer-reviewed technical documents, white papers, and geo-spatial data were produced and continue to used by the local restoration community to guide restoration decisions.
Since Congressional Authorization in 2016 the PSNERP program staff have been working to implement Puget Sound nearshore restoration projects identified in the FFR/EIS, with particular focus on the Duckabush estuary restoration project. Implementation with the Corps is done using a cost-sharing relationship with the Corps typically covering 65% of project costs and the non-federal partner covering 35% of eligible project costs.
Thirty-six project locations throughout Puget Sound were identified as good places to perform process-based ecosystem restoration. The Conceptual Design Report presents engineering design concepts for a suite of 36 potential nearshore restoration actions identified collaboratively by PSNERP and the larger Puget Sound restoration community of lead entities, tribes, conservation groups, local governments and others. While some of the identified projects are better suited for other funding and implementation pathways, WDFW will continue to work with the Corps to implement eligible projects through a variety of Corps programs.
For more information, please contact PSNERP Program Manager Theresa Mitchell at Theresa.Mitchell@wdfw.wa.gov