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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.

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 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. 

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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.

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.

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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.