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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.

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

Date of publication February 1, 2018.

[Closed-Consultant Selected] Seeking Professional Services for Regional PIC Program Co-coordinator

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) is seeking a consultant qualified to co-coordinate Phase 3 of the Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification and Correction Program (funded by the Washington Department of Health).

Please submit your information for consideration, or any questions, to Haley Harguth, HCCC Watershed Planning & Policy Coordinator, at

2018 Near Term Action Process Starts Nov. 13th

The Puget Sound Partnership will release the 2018 Near Term Action (NTA) Solicitation Guide for the Puget Sound Action Agenda on Nov. 13, 2017. HCCC will facilitate a local Local Integrating Organization (LIO) review process for Hood Canal NTAs. Information on the LIO NTA process will also be available by Nov 13th.

HCCC is hosting two NTA process information sessions:

November 14, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


17791 Fjord Dr NE
Suite 124
Poulsbo, WA 98370

November 21, 2017

10:00 am -12:00 pm

At Mason County Public Works

100 W Public Works Dr
Shelton, WA 98584

It is strongly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions if you are considering submitting an NTA for the 2018 Puget Sound Action Agenda. There are significant changes from the 2016 NTA process. This will also be an opportunity to share NTA ideas with other prospective NTA owners.

Other 2018 NTA process information sources:


PSP 2018 Action Agenda website: Linked here


The Action Agenda Strategic Initiative Leads will be hosting an optional webinar:

Regional Priorities & NTA Solicitation Webinar

November 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (click here to join WebEx)

Strategic Initiative Leads introduce regional priorities and answer questions. Please review solicitation appendix A prior to webinar.


The Puget Sound Partnership will be hosting an optional webinar :

How to Submit a Near Term Action (NTA)

on November 28, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (click here to join WebEx)

The Partnership will host an instructional webinar to offer details on using the NTA submission tool. Partnership staff will be available for up to two hours after the webinar (10:00AM-12:00PM) to field questions from interested parties.

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.