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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.

CLOSED - 2019 Call for Salmon Habitat Projects

**Now Closed**

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 2019 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 2019 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 Call for Salmon Habitat Projejcts are asked to complete a Letter of Intent for the project utilizing the template above.  Please submit the completed template to Alicia Olivas, Lead Entity Program Coordinator by February 11, 2018.

2018-2022 Action Agenda for Puget Sound cover image: aerial photo of San Juan islands in the Puget Sound, Washington State

2018-2022 Action Agenda for Puget Sound Adopted

On December 5, 2018, the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council adopted the 2018-2022 Action Agenda after considering recommendations from the Partnership's Ecosystem Recovery Board, Salmon Recovery Council and Science Panel, as well as input received from advisory boards, tribes, and the public. The 2018-2022 Action Agenda for Puget Sound charts the course to recovery for one of our nation's largest estuaries, and complements and incorporates the work oflocal and regional partners from around Puget Sound to describe strategies and specific actions needed to recover Puget Sound.

Access the 2018-2022 Action Agenda using the links below:

Hood Canal LIO 2018 Direct NTA Funding

The Hood Canal Local Integrating Organization (LIO) submitted its funding recommendations for the 2018 EPA National Estuary Program direct funding of $100,000 for the implementation of priority local Near Term Actions in the Puget Sound Action Agenda.   


CLOSED - Employment Opportunities: Salmon Recovery Specialist & Watershed Project Coordinator

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) is excited to announce the following employment opportunities:  

Salmon Recovery Specialist- Responsible for guiding the HCCC salmon recovery program to implement the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Recovery plan and advance the work that remains to be accomplished to achieve recovery.

Link to full Salmon Recovery Specialist job announcement

Watershed Project Coordinator- Work with HCCC watershed program and salmon program staff to coordinate projects advancing and implementing the Integrated Watershed Plan and the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Plan.

Link to full Watershed Project Coordinator job announcement

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CLOSED - Request for Consultation Services - Hood Canal Integrated Watershed Plan: Ecosystem Indicators Data Analysis and Mapping

HCCC is seeking data analysis and GIS mapping support for Integrated Watershed Plan ecosystem indicator updates. Please see details in the document linked below. To learn more about the Hood Canal Integrated Watershed Plan and our ecosystem indicators, please visit

Questions may be directed to Haley Harguth at

Proposals will be accepted until November 5, 2018.


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.