FY 2014 Policy Coordination and Oversight of Salmon Recovery Efforts in the Skagit River Watershed

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID14-SSIT-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date01/01/2015
End Date11/30/2016
Last Edited05/08/2024
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Project augmented Skagit River watershed habitat protection and recovery efforts, through the development and refinement of policy through participation in intra-/inter-tribal and multi-stakeholder forums. Project supported tribal staff capacity to direct and coordinate Sauk-Suiattle natural Resource Department and Skagit River System Cooperative staff to ensure the necessary monitoring, research, enhancement, restoration, fishery, and conservation strategies were implemented. The project also provided policy and technical involvement and input for the Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light hydroelectric projects mitigation measures. Participation supported in part by this project resulted in the development of strategies and policies to meet ESA listing and recovery obligations.

There is an overlap between fiscal years 2014 and 2015 funding on this ongoing project activities. The reason for this is the nature of the accounting process. The tribe does their internal accounting by project while NWIFC combines projects to draw down by fiscal year. The one except is the professional services funds transferred to SRSC which is drawn down by line item consequently being invoiced in next fiscal year even though previous fiscal year is not closed. SRSC is responsible for their own reporting also. An additional reason for the overlap is the activities associated with a new key element in the fiscal year 2015 project which was for the policy and technical involvement towards the development of a draft Skagit Steelhead recovery plan.

Project Benefit    

Objective 1: Policy Development and Refinement
Benefit: Ensure that Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe (SSIT) has a voice in local and regional fish habitat management issues such as habitat preservation and restoration, maintaining sufficient in-stream flows, land use actions/permitting. SSIT has a vote on SCL and PSE hydroelectric power projects mitigation committees that helps assure the funds are used for salmon recovery.

Objective 2: Supervise, Direct and Coordinate SSIT and SRSC personnel
Benefit: Improved direction and coordination of all aspects of salmon and watershed management activities. Improved information flow between SSIT and SRSC personnel and the Tribal Council, Hunting & Fishing Committee, and the tribal community at large. Improved coordination between SSIT and SRSC programs and eliminated duplicate efforts.

Objective 3: Policy oversight to help meet Endangered Species Act compliance. This objective covers Puget Sound Harvest Management Plan, HGMPs, Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan, and the development of Skagit Steelhead recovery plan.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$161,572

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 38482481
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Area Description
48.263572, -121.641642

Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound (171100)
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.31630021626073
  • Longitude: -121.61114503629254


  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 161,572.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 468,480.0
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected 4,380.00
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 161,572.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.1 Development of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.1.a
          Name of the Recovery Plan
          Co-manager of Wa State. Development of Puget Sound Steelhead Recovery Plan. Currently in development stage.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.1.b
          Description and Scope of the Recovery Plan
          This project supports tribal participation on the workgroup that is developing the Skagit River steelhead recovery plan. Skagit River Steelhead Recovery Plan Committee. 2017. Draft Skagit River Steelhead Recovery Plan. Sauk-Suiattle Natural Resource Department, 5318 Chief Brown Lane, Darrington, WA 98241.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.2 Coordination on implementation of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.a
          Name of the Recovery Plan Implemented
          Shared Strategy Development Committee and National Marine Fisheries Service. 2007. Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan for the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Comprised of two documents: 1) Shared Strategy Development Committee, 2005, Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, Volumes I and II, adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on January 19, 2007; and 2) NMFS, 2006, Final Supplement to the Shared Strategy's Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.b
          Description and scope of the Recovery Plan implemented
          Project provides tribal staff funding to participate forums and processes that are directed at implementing actions identified in the Skagit R. chapter of the Puget Sound Recovery Plan. Also supports providing policy direction to the Skagit River System Cooperative as they implement actions under the appended chapter of the Skagit Riverrecovery plan.