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Conserving Life in Hood Canal

HCCC In Lieu Fee Mitigation Program Kicks-off
1st Mitigation Project!

In 2014 HCCC sold mitigation credits to the Washington State Department of Transportation for wetland mitigation requirements associated with the SR3 Widening and Safety Project in Belfair.  The HCCC in partnership with the Great Peninsula Conservancy acquired a 17 acre wetland parcel in Belfair as mitigation for wetland impacts occurring with the highway project. The property will be protected in perpetuity as a wetland; providing wildlife habitat, water quality and hydrologic functions to the area, and specifically the Union River watershed. In March 2015 wetland buffer restoration actions were initiated to enhance the functions and values of the wetland. An abandoned home and years of accumulated debris and garbage were removed from the property. The site will be planted this spring/fall with native vegetation, and long-term management of the property to control invasive species and protect the wetland will be conducted.


For more information please see the In Lieu Fee Mitigation Program webpage or contact Patty Michak, Mitigation Program Manager- 360 930 8634 or at:


HCCC Vision: Humans Benefit from and Coexist Sustainably with a Healthy Hood Canal

Hood Canal Integrated Watershed Plan

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) and its partners are working with the broader community to create a strategic action plan that will set priorities to ensure a future in which the Hood Canal remains a special place. The Hood Canal Integrated Watershed Plan (IWP) is an organizational concept for integrating existing plans and programs, as well as identified gaps, through a strategic planning framework in order to meet the Plan goals. The ultimate purpose of the IWP is to provide a set of prioritized actions and strategies to be implemented by and for the Hood Canal community.

 Integrated Watershed Plan Website

The IWP goals and guidance document outlines the basis for the integrated planning approach in the form of a vision, desired future conditions, and goals for the focal components. These focal component goals will provide the foundation and guidance for the development and implementation of strategies and actions for the Hood Canal watershed to advance towards the vision.

The HCCC has also been collaborating with Puget Sound Institute, Stanford University, and other partners to develop a process for selecting human wellbeing indicators relevant to natural resource management in the Hood Canal watershed.  The purpose of these indicators will be to monitor the state of Hood Canal communities and to inform and evaluate integrated watershed strategies for key social impacts.  The report describing this process and the outcomes can be found below.

October 2013 Report- Developing Human Wellbeing Indicators for the Hood Canal Watershed

Curious about salmon recovery in Washington State?
View a video prepared by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO) entitled State of Salmon: Restoring a Washington Icon. Hear from salmon advocates in Washington State about the work being done to bring salmon back from the brink of extinction. The video focuses on the why salmon are important to Washington State, the work being done here, and the returns on our investments in salmon recovery.