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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.

Hoodsport water quality upgraded!

The recent updgrade of the 66 acre shellfish bed in front of Hoodsport was highlighted in local and regional news. Shellfish harvest in the area had been prohibited for over three decades due to poor water quality, but thanks to the collaboration of HCCC and many partners in the Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification and Correction Program it is now upgraded to "Approved."

Read more about this work in the Puget Sound Institute article from Chris Dunagan, linked here.

 

 

Our Hood Canal: 2020 Ecosystem Report Card

HCCC is excited to share the new Our Hood Canal: 2020 Ecosystem Report Card. The report card provides a snapshot of the health of Hood Canal's ecosystem and showcases some of HCCC's highlights over the past biennium, all of which benefited from the support of our many partners.

 

Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan Now Available

The Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative (HSCI) supports and expands Hood Canal’s thriving shellfish populations by identifying coordinated and mutually beneficial strategies and actions that honor Tribal treaty rights, build resilience, pursue ecosystem protection and restoration, and support careful stewardship of commercial shellfish activities and recreational harvest now and into the future.

The HCSI Action Plan operationalizes this goal and guides shellfish planning and funding efforts across Hood Canal. The Action Plan contains a comprehensive review of the barriers to and opportunities for sustaining robust Hood Canal shellfish resources and supporting a healthy ecosystem and community. Objectives, focal policy areas, and priority actions identified in the Action Plan serve to support the ecological, commercial, recreational, and human wellbeing dimensions of Hood Canal shellfish.

 

Hood Canal Summer Chum Recovery Featured on Local News!

Hood Canal nearing a potential ‘first’ for salmon recovery

 

Watch the video from KIRO7 News, linked here. You can also read the full text, at this link.

Hood Canal Shellfish Summit

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) invites you to the virtual 2020 Hood Canal Shellfish Summit!

Working together for the future of Hood Canal shellfish

Representatives from Hood Canal ecosystem recovery partners, local governments and tribes, and the Hood Canal community will come together to discuss protecting and enhancing our critical shellfish resources. Speakers will be featured and the draft Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan will be presented with opportunities to provide feedback.

An agenda and other materials will be made available soon. Please share this invitation with others who may be interested (download a shareable flyer linked here).

Register here for the Hood Canal Shellfish Summit

Please register by October 15, 2020

The Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative’s goal is to support and expand Hood Canal’s thriving shellfish resources and identity with coordinated and multi-beneficial strategies and actions that honor tribal treaty rights, build resilience, pursue ecosystem protection and restoration, and support careful stewardship of tribal, commercial, and recreational shellfish activities now and into the future.

Click here to learn more about the Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative (HCSI) and the Action Plan development process.

Sign up here to receive updates on HCSI progress, funding opportunities, and events, or email nwhite@hccc.wa.gov to request to join the mailing list.

If you have any questions, please contact Nate White, HCCC Watershed Project Coordinator, at nwhite@hccc.wa.gov.

SRFB Awards Grants for Hood Canal Salmon Recovery

December 16, 2019

State Awards Grants for Salmon Recovery Projects - check out the link to learn more about the projects funded along Hood Canal!

Employment Opportunity: HCCC Accountant

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council is excited to announce the following employment opportunity:

Accountant: Responsible for establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems to ensure accurate, timely financial statements.  This position ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions.  The Accountant oversees cost and general accounting, accounts receivable/collection, accounts payable, payroll and risk management. 

This is a regular, part-time (approximately 25 hours per week) position with benefits, including teleworking and flexible schedule.

Please see the full Accountant Job Announcement for details on required qualifications and information on how to apply. 

Questions?  Contact Robin Lawlis at admin@hccc.wa.gov or 360-394-0046.

Duckabush Estuary Project to Receive SRFB Funding

On September 11th the Salmon Recovery Funding Board allocated $2,797,458 to fund the Duckabush River Estuary Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project - Design Phase.  Once fully implemented, this important project will address the Highway 101 crossing impacts to summer chum habitat by moving the causeway and the bridge further up river to restore the Duckabush estuary. To learn more about the PSNERP Duckabush River Estuary restoration site please see this PSNERP Fact Sheet

 

Citizens Committee Approves Salmon Habitat Project List

The HCCC Lead Entity Citizens Committee approved the 2019 Salmon Habitat Project List for submittal to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for funding consideration for the 2019 grant round.  Please see the July 17, 2019 Board Briefing Memo to view the ranked list of salmon habitat projects. 

2018-2022 Puget Sound Action Agenda cover

2018 National Estuary Program Near Term Action Funding

The Action Agenda Strategic Initiative (SI) Leads have released their FY2018 EPA National Estuary Program funding recommendations for the 2018 Puget Sound Action Agenda Near Term Actions (NTAs). Please use the links below to access the funding lists. These recommendations will undergo a public comment period, as well as tribal consultation, before EPA finalizes things to enable contracting with NTA owners to begin. Please see the message below from the SI Leads and contact the SI Lead for your particular NTA with any questions. 

FY2018 Strategic Initiative Advisory Team (SIAT) NTA Funding Recommendations:

The recommendations are also accessible via the Partnership's SI Leads website. A public comment period is open through March 8, 2019.