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Learn about HCCC’s most recent progress and achievements toward our mission to recover and protect Hood Canal’s beaches, forests, streams and wildlife for the benefit of our communities.

New assessment explores interactions between salmon habitat restoration and bivalve shellfish resources

Habitat restoration is a major component of the Hood Canal region’s efforts to recover salmon populations, with projects being undertaken in freshwater, estuarine, and marine nearshore habitats.  Although habitat restoration projects involve removing modifications and returning a site closer to its historic and/or unmodified condition, those changes made to improve conditions for salmon can cause undesired changes for other species; in particular for this report bivalve shellfish.  Hood Canal Coordinating Council's Assessment of Interactions between Salmon Habitat Restoration and Bivalve Shellfish Resources explores these potentially conflicting interests and provides guidance and recommendations.

$750,000 to fund Hood Canal Bridge fish mortality study

Approximately 65% of juvenile, out-migrating steelhead that make it to the Hood Canal floating bridge do not make it to Admiralty Inlet, a location just North of the bridge on their migratory route. This high level of mortality may be limiting the species’ recovery, as steelhead are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. HCCC is working with Long Live the Kings (LLTK) and multiple partners to pin-point exactly how steelhead are dying in the area and discover if the floating bridge impacts water quality.  The $750k state appropriation will support the current phase of the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment.

Read the press release for more information.

 

New Report - Groundwater Upwelling and Summer Chum Spawning

HCCC worked with Confluence Environmental Company and Pacific Groundwater Group to compile the scientific documentation relating summer chum productivity to groundwater upwelling and inform how groundwater resources data should be used to guide future salmon habitat restoration work.  Follow the links below to view the full reports.

Phase 1: Literature Review and Interviews

Phase 2: Groundwater Modeling and Opportunities

Dungeness River LiDAR completed

Dungeness River Topo-bathy LiDAR is now complete and available from the Puget Sound Lidar Consortium. The data report and all of the data are available for download from the PSLC site http://pugetsoundlidar.ess.washington.edu/lidardata/restricted/projects/2017dungeness.html

HCCC funded this project to assist the Jamestown S'klallam Tribe and partners in planning and implementing Summer Chum restoration projects on the Dungeness River and Dungeness Delta.

Citizens Committee approves 9 projects for SRFB funding consideration

The HCCC Lead Entity Citizens Committee reviewed and approved nine projects to be submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for funding consideration for the 2017 grant round.  To view the list and links to full project proposals view our summary document

Summer Chum Symposium Presentations & Summary Notes

Hood Canal Coordinating Council's Summer Chum Symposium was held June 28th, 2017.  Click below to view meeting materials.

 

HCCC supports legislative requests

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council supports legislative requests that further HCCC's and our partners' work and investments toward Hood Canal's environmental and community wellbeing.

Now Closed- Call for Salmon Habitat Projects- 2017 LE Grant Round

Thank you to everyone who submitted Applications! 

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) as the Regional Recovery Organization for Hood Canal summer chum, is issuing a Call for Salmon Habitat Projects for the 2017 HCCC Lead Entity grant round.

Individuals and entities wishing to propose a salmon habitat project aligning with the primary or secondary habitat actions identified in the Call for Salmon Habitat Projects are asked to complete and return a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the project utilizing the attached template by February 7, 2017.

For more information please see the following documents:

 

Hood Canal Bridge Impact Assessment Plan Completed

Download the full plan and fact sheet.

The Hood Canal Bridge carries traffic across the northern outlet of Hood Canal.  Because of its location, all salmon and steelhead must pass the Hood Canal Bridge on their migration to and from the Pacific Ocean. Recent studies indicate the bridge is a barrier to fish passage.  Slower migration times, higher mortality rates in the vicinity of the bridge relative to other areas on their migration route, and unique behavior and mortality patterns at the Bridge suggest the bridge is impeding steelhead migration and increasing predation. Additionally, recent research modeling the potential impact of the bridge suggests that the bridge may disrupt water circulation.

In 2015, federal, state, tribal, and nonprofit partners convened to develop the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment Plan. The plan is designed to pinpoint how the bridge is negatively affecting ESA-listed juvenile steelhead survival; determine whether other salmon may also be affected; and determine whether, and if so, to what extent the bridge is impacting the health of the Hood Canal ecosystem.  The document describes the overall plan framework, its adaptive management structure, and the details of the first phase of the assessment.

Learn more about the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment on the Long Live The Kings project webpage.

2016 Salmon habitat projects ranked and submitted for final funding decision!

The project list reviewed and ranked by the HCCC Lead Entity Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and Citizens Committee has been submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for their final review and funding decision.   View the 2016 LE Habitat Project List which includes links to project descriptions in PRISM snapshot.