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Samish Indian Nation

FY16 Project

San Juan Island Creosote Removal and Beach Clean Up Project; San Juan Islands Prairie Bald Habitat Assessment Project; San Juan Islands Kelp Forest Survey ProjectProject Summary

In the past 3 years, Samish Indian Nation Department of Natural Resources (SINDNR) in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources (WADNR), Washington Conservation Corps, Veterans Corps and Earthcorps have removed over 400,000 pounds of treated wood and other marine debris from public and private shorelines of Skagit County, Southern Whatcom County and the San Juan Islands. Materials collected include toxic creosote treated wood and other debris that washes onto beaches into lagoons and estuaries, as well as removing structures that line the nearshore and no longer serve a purpose. With this funding, we will expand upon what we have already done, surveying shorelines throughout the San Juan Islands to develop baseline creosote, treated material and large debris information that will be used to both monitor long term trends in debris migration and re-accumulation and guide clean-up efforts.

The Samish Indian Nation will continue to partner with Washington State DNR to perform level III Ecological Integrity Assessments (EIA) on priority Cypress Island and San Juan Island prairie balds selected according to ranking of EIA level II Assessments completed in 2016. Level III EIA assessments will include more intensive vegetation surveys, more detailed analysis of tree growth patterns and will allow us to gain critical information that will then be used to inform restoration plans for this unique habitat.

Kelp forests are an ecologically significant habitat for a multitude of species including ESA listed species of rockfish. Kelp forests are also culturally significant to the Samish People and are generally seen to be in decline throughout the Salish Sea. Samish Department of Natural Resources will join a collective effort to survey and analyze the health and extent of kelp forests throughout Samish Traditional Territory with an eye to eventual restoration/reintroduction projects with concerned partners.

Project Reports

FY15 Project

 San Juan Island Creosote Removal and Beach Clean Up Project & Prairie Bald Habitat Assessment Pilot Project; Secret Harbor Estuary and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring of Fresh and Marine Ecosystems – Year 6

Project Summary

Outside of the continuation of the Secret Harbor Cypress Island monitoring project, the Samish Indian Nation will fund two other projects: (1) continuing to partner with WDNR to provide transportation to remote San Juan Island Beaches for the purpose of creosote removal and trash removal from those beaches. In addition to transporting Puget Sound Corps Crews to these locations, Samish will also conduct additional creosote piling removal efforts with WDNR and Friends of the San Juans to provide location and photo documentation of creosote piling removal sites for the purpose of allowing contractors to effectively bid on piling removal activities. Samish will also perform marine debris surveys and clean-up activities on state owned beaches throughout the San Juan Archipelago; and (2) a new project that will develop and implement a Prairie Bald assessment program starting with locations on Cypress and San Juan Islands with WDNR.

 Project Reports

FY14 Project
San Juan Island Creosote Removal and Beach Clean Up Project & Central Weaverling Spit Beach Enhancement Project: Phase 3 Forage Fish Habitat and Bank Restoration

Project Summary
The Samish Indian Nation will fund two projects: (1) continuing to partner with WDNR to provide transportation to remote San Juan Island Beaches for the purpose of creosote removal and trash removal from those beaches. In addition to transporting Puget Sound Corps Crews to these locations, Samish will also conduct additional creosote piling removal efforts with WDNR and Friends of the San Juans to provide location and photo documentation of creosote piling removal sites for the purpose of allowing contractors to effectively bid on piling removal activities. Samish will also perform marine debris surveys and clean-up activities on state owned beaches throughout the San Juan Archipelago; and (2) creating a beach enhancement design for habitat restoration and beach enhancement of 1,760 feet along Fidalgo Bay. The proposed design will build on work completed in 2009 and 2012 and will replenish the lost sediment supply by rebuilding a natural beach profile that will reduce the effects of bigger storm surges and provide increased shade and habitat for forage fish.

Project Reports

FY13 Project
Secret Harbor Estuary and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring of Fresh and Marine Ecosystems – Year 4; San Juan Island Creosote Removal and Beach Clean Up Project

Project Summary
The Samish Indian Nation will engage in two projects: (1) continuing to partner with Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to collect baseline environmental data prior to, during, and post restoration activities related to the removal of a tidal dike to restore salt marsh, mudflat and tidally-influenced stream habitat at Cypress Island. Project tasks include vegetation surveys, water quality and temperature monitoring, meteorological data monitoring, clam surveys, avian surveys, amphibian surveys, and beach seining; and (2) a new partnership with WDNR to provide transportation to remote San Juan Island Beaches for the purpose of creosote removal and trash removal from those beaches.  In addition to transporting Puget Sound Corps Crews to these locations, Samish will also be conducting additional creosote piling removal efforts with WDNR and Friends of the San Juans to provide location and photo documentation of creosote piling removal sites for the purpose of allowing contractors to effectively bid on piling removal activities.  Samish will also perform marine debris surveys and clean-up activities on state owned beaches throughout the San Juan Archipelago.

Project Reports

FY12 Project
Secret Harbor Estuary and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring of Fresh and Marine Ecosystems & Nearshore Circulation Model to Examine Nearshore Habitat and Water Quality Impacts in Fidalgo Bay

Project Summary
The Samish Indian Nation will engage in two projects: (1) continuing to partner with Washington Department of Natural Resources to collect baseline environmental data prior to, during, and post restoration activities related to the removal of a tidal dike to restore salt marsh, mudflat and tidally-influenced stream habitat at Cypress Island. Project tasks include vegetation surveys, water quality and temperature monitoring, meteorological data monitoring, clam surveys, avian surveys, amphibian surveys, and beach seining; and (2) a feasibility study on the Tribe’s inner bay tidelands to determine and provide preliminary planning and design of a salt marsh in this location. Salt marshes provide many ecological functions including: habitat and food sources for insects, marine invertebrates, fish and birds, as well as sedimentation control, wave energy attenuation, and carbon sequestration.

Project Reports

FY11 Project
Secret Harbor Estuary and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring of Fresh and Marine Ecosystems & Nearshore Circulation Model to Examine Nearshore Habitat and Water Quality Impacts in Fidalgo Bay

Project Summary
The Samish Indian Nation will engage in two projects: (1) continuing to partner with Washington Department of Natural Resources to collect baseline environmental data prior to, during, and post restoration activities related to the removal of a tidal dike to restore salt marsh, mudflat and tidally-influenced stream habitat at Cypress Island. Project tasks include vegetation surveys, water quality and temperature monitoring, meteorological data monitoring, clam surveys, avian surveys, amphibian surveys, and beach seining; and (2) partnering with the USGS to collect time-series and synoptic measurements of nearshore hydrodynamics and water properties to support construction of a numerical circulation model. The initial model will help inform where data are needed to reduce uncertainties in processes and environmental conditions and where threats of contaminant runoff and impaired water quality exist.

Project Reports

FY10 Project
Secret Harbor Estuary and Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring of Fresh and Marine Ecosystems

Project Summary
Samish Indian Nation will work with Washington Department of Natural Resources to collect baseline environmental data of prior to, during, and post restoration activities related to the removal of a tidal dike to restore salt marsh, mudflat and tidally-influenced stream habitat at Cypress Island. This data will be a critical component to overall restoration goals at the Cypress Island site, a culturally and historically significant area to the Samish Indian Nation.

Project Reports

FY09 Project
Samish River Invasive Knotweed Control Project and Riparian Restoration

Project Information
This project was directly administered by the EPA; the project description, funding amount, and information for all FY09 Tribal Implementation Assistance Grants can be found on the EPA website.

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