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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.
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
At HCCC17791 Fjord Dr NE Suite 124 Poulsbo, WA 98370
November 21, 2017
10:00 am -12:00 pm
At Mason County Public Works100 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.
$750,000 to fund Hood Canal Bridge fish mortality study
Approximately 65% of juvenile, out-migrating steelhead that make it to the Hood Canal floating bridge do not make it to Admiralty Inlet, a location just North of the bridge on their migratory route. This high level of mortality may be limiting the species’ recovery, as steelhead are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. HCCC is working with Long Live the Kings (LLTK) and multiple partners to pin-point exactly how steelhead are dying in the area and discover if the floating bridge impacts water quality. The $750k state appropriation will support the current phase of the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment.
Read the press release for more information.
New Report - Groundwater Upwelling and Summer Chum Spawning
HCCC worked with Confluence Environmental Company and Pacific Groundwater Group to compile the scientific documentation relating summer chum productivity to groundwater upwelling and inform how groundwater resources data should be used to guide future salmon habitat restoration work. Follow the links below to view the full reports.
Dungeness River LiDAR completed
Dungeness River Topo-bathy LiDAR is now complete and available from the Puget Sound Lidar Consortium. The data report and all of the data are available for download from the PSLC site http://pugetsoundlidar.ess.
HCCC funded this project to assist the Jamestown S'klallam Tribe and partners in planning and implementing Summer Chum restoration projects on the Dungeness River and Dungeness Delta.
Citizens Committee approves 9 projects for SRFB funding consideration
The HCCC Lead Entity Citizens Committee reviewed and approved nine projects to be submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for funding consideration for the 2017 grant round. To view the list and links to full project proposals view our summary document.
HCCC supports legislative requests
The Hood Canal Coordinating Council supports legislative requests that further HCCC's and our partners' work and investments toward Hood Canal's environmental and community wellbeing.
Now Closed- Call for Salmon Habitat Projects- 2017 LE Grant Round
Thank you to everyone who submitted Applications!
For more information please see the following documents:
- Hood Canal Salmon Recovery 2017 Call for Projects Document
- 2017 HCCC Letter of Intent Cover Letter
- 2017 HCCC Letter of Intent Template
Hood Canal Bridge Impact Assessment Plan Completed
The Hood Canal Bridge carries traffic across the northern outlet of Hood Canal. Because of its location, all salmon and steelhead must pass the Hood Canal Bridge on their migration to and from the Pacific Ocean. Recent studies indicate the bridge is a barrier to fish passage. Slower migration times, higher mortality rates in the vicinity of the bridge relative to other areas on their migration route, and unique behavior and mortality patterns at the Bridge suggest the bridge is impeding steelhead migration and increasing predation. Additionally, recent research modeling the potential impact of the bridge suggests that the bridge may disrupt water circulation.
In 2015, federal, state, tribal, and nonprofit partners convened to develop the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment Plan. The plan is designed to pinpoint how the bridge is negatively affecting ESA-listed juvenile steelhead survival; determine whether other salmon may also be affected; and determine whether, and if so, to what extent the bridge is impacting the health of the Hood Canal ecosystem. The document describes the overall plan framework, its adaptive management structure, and the details of the first phase of the assessment.
Learn more about the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment on the Long Live The Kings project webpage.