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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.

Summer chum returning to Union River

It is that time of year that summer chum are returning to the Hood Canal and eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca streams. The Union River summer chum run peaked in late August with a current count of 3,450 fish heading upstream and numbers still rising. In the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca streams, the peak is not quite here yet, but recent rainfall will hopefully bring summer chum into the streams.

HCCC Announces Release of Summer Chum Guidance Document

The newly released document, Recovery Goal Review and Updated Guidance for the Hood Canal Summer Chum Salmon ESU reviews the existing recovery goals for the Hood Canal Summer Chum evolutionarily significant unit (ESU) and provides guidance for updating the goals from those contained in the recovery plan for the ESU. 

 

Harbors Magazine Highlights Summer Chum Recovery in Hood Canal

Ecology & DNR gathering information on cedar dieback

The Washington state Departments of Ecology (Ecology) and Natural Resources (DNR) are gathering information concerning the dieback of western redcedar in peatlands and other types of Western Washington wetlands. Since 2011, DNR and Ecology have observed cedar dieback in numerous Western Washington peatlands. In some cases, the trees have died, while at other sites the trees appear extremely stressed but are still sprouting at the base. In all cases, the redcedars’ needles turn orange. However, a shared and obvious cause has yet to be identified.

       Ecology & DNR have created a brief presentation to share how these diebacks appear in the field.

Share your observations

Both DNR and Ecology are seeking reports of cedar dieback. Please share your observations with both:

Where possible, please share the following information with your observation:

  • Observation date
  • Geographic location
  • Wetland type and location within wetland
  • Whether the trees are dead or stressed
  • Obvious signs of stressors
  • Other pertinent information

Draft 2018 Puget Sound Action Agenda Released

The draft 2018-2022 Puget Sound Action Agenda is available and open for public comment until October 15thThe 2018-2022 Action Agenda charts the course for Puget Sound recovery over the next 4 years. It incorporates regional strategies and specific actions to protect and restore Puget Sound.

For more information about the draft Action Agenda and public comment period, visit the Puget Sound Partnership’s website.

LE Citizens Committee finalizes ranked habitat project list

On August 15, 2018 the Hood Canal Coordinating Council's Lead Entity Citizens Committee finalized and released their Ranked Habitat Project List.  The ranked list is submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for consideration of funding for the 2018 SRFB Grant Round. The SRFB funding decision will be made in December of 2018

Request for Consultation Services: Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification & Correction Program - Public Outreach Assistance

HCCC has released a Request for Consultation Services to support the Hood Canal Regional PIC Program's publc outreach efforts. Please click below for more infromation. 

UPDATE: Deadline extended to Jul 27, 2018.
 

2018 Hood Canal Near Term Action Ratings for the Puget Sound Action Agenda

HCCC completed its Local Integrating Organization review and evaluation process for 2018 Near Term Actions (NTAs) for the Puget Sound Action Agenda. The full procedural record and evaluation results are included in the document linked below. NTAs are now undergoing regional review. The draft 2018-2022 Puget Sound Action Agenda will be released around Sep 1, 2018.

[Closed-Consultant Roster Created] Hood Canal Coordinating Council Request for Qualifications and Quotations For: On-Call Land Surveying Services – Marine Shoreline and Tideland Expertise

 

The Hood Canal Coordination Council (HCCC) is seeking on-call land surveying services with special knowledge and expertise in marine shoreline and tideland survey and mapping. 

Assistance is needed in land survey and mapping of mitigation projects sites.

The land surveying services will be in support of the HCCC In-Lieu Fee Mitigation (ILF) Program which operates within the Hood Canal watersheds and tidelands in Kitsap, Jefferson and Mason Counties.

The full RFQQ’s, terms and instructions, is linked here.

Proposals must be received by February 23, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Questions can be directed to Patty Michak at pmichak@hccc.wa.gov.

Date of publication February 1, 2018.

(Now Closed) 2018 Call for Salmon Habitat Projects

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC), as the Regional Recovery Organization for Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon and the Lead Entity for Hood Canal, is issuing a Call for Salmon Habitat Projects for the 2018 HCCC Lead Entity grant round addressing specific actions and watersheds. This Call for Salmon Habitat Projects will provide the basis for the selection of projects to be submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for the 2018 HCCC Lead Entity grant round.

Please see the following documents for more information:

Individuals and entities wishing to propose a salmon habitat project aligning with the habitat actions identified in the Table 1: 2018 Salmon Habitat Actions to guide project development and implementation (located in the Call for Projects linked above) are asked to complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the project utilizing the LOI template and submit the completed template to Alicia Olivas, Lead Entity Program Coordinator aolivas@hccc.wa.gov by January 19, 2018.