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Skagit River System Cooperative

FY15 Project
Skagit River Steelhead Recovery Stakeholder Engagement & Implementation

Project Summary

The Skagit River System Cooperative will continue efforts for the recovery for Skagit River Steelhead to now adopt and implement a recovery strategy. The Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC) together with its member tribes (SSIT, SITC) propose to use this funding to begin the process of vetting a Technical Draft of the Skagit Steelhead Recovery Plan with area wide stakeholders. This project also includes resources for beginning plan implementation. Specific objectives include: (1) facilitation of stakeholder review and comment; (2) regional vetting and plan integration with NOAA; and (3) plan adoption and implementation.

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FY14 Project
Skagit River Steelhead Recovery Plan Development

Project Summary
The Skagit River System Cooperative will continue to develop and produce the technical basis, methods, analysis and collaboration necessary to generate a draft recovery strategy of the Skagit Steelhead Recovery Plan for submission to area wide stakeholders in early 2016. Specific objectives include: (1) facilitation of technical team coordination, collaboration, assignments, products, and review; (2) integration and application of modeling approach; (3) generation of modeling inputs and population of model; (4) conducting gap analysis and developing research, monitoring, and adaptive management modules based on results; and (5) submitting to area and regional stakeholders a draft implementation strategy for the recovery of Skagit Steelhead populations for their review and contribution.

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FY13 Project
Skagit Recovery Plan Stewardship Project

Project Summary
The Skagit River System Cooperative, in supporting implementation of the Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan, will engage in habitat conservation, protection and restoration measures designed to recover wild Skagit Chinook. Specific objectives include: (1) advancing keystone Recovery Plan projects through scoping, analysis, and new partnerships; (2) evaluating changes in natural resources processes resulting from restoration projects implemented in the first five years of the Chinook recovery workplan as well as their stewardship and maintenance needs; (3) development of a stewardship workplan and gap analysis; and incorporation of such into the Skagit Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan; (4) assessment and evaluation of implemented actions relative to supporting tribal access and control of food system inputs; and (5) development of a community food system policy recommendation report.

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FY12 Project
Assessment of the Geomorphological and Ecological Consequences of Dike Breaching vs. Dike Removal for Estuarine Habitat Restoration – Year 3

Project Summary
The Skagit River System Cooperative will continue to quantify and contrast the geomorphological, hydrological, and ecological consequences of various approaches to tidal marsh restoration for 12 historical and 8 current sites in the Skagit and Snohomish deltas, using reference marshes in both deltas as controls. The most common approach to tidal habitat restoration is dike breaching, where one to several breaches are made in dikes to allow tidal inundation of the restoration site. Critics of this approach suspect tidal channel drainage networks, other important flow paths, hydrodynamic processes, and associated ecological processes are not fully restored or effective unless dikes are completely removed, not merely breached. This continued project seeks to resolve this controversy.

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FY11 Project
Assessment of the Geomorphological and Ecological Consequences of Dike Breaching vs. Dike Removal for Estuarine Habitat Restoration – Year Two

Project Summary
The Skagit River System Cooperative will continue to quantify and contrast the geomorphological, hydrological, and ecological consequences of various approaches to tidal marsh restoration for 12 historical and 8 current sites in the Skagit and Snohomish deltas, using reference marshes in both deltas as controls. One product of this three-year project will be the development of rapid assessment monitoring metrics relating easily measured planform channel metrics to more challenging evaluation of ecological patterns and processes—thereby enabling more efficient and economical monitoring of estuarine habitat restoration projects and their interplay with local land use patterns.

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FY10 Project
Assessment of the Geomorphological and Ecological Consequences of Dike Breaching vs. Dike Removal for Estuarine Habitat Restoration

Project Summary
The Skagit River System Cooperative will quantify and contrast the geomorphological, hydrological, and ecological consequences of various approaches to tidal marsh restoration for 12 historical and 8 current sites in the Skagit and Snohomish deltas, using reference marshes in both deltas as controls. This proposal, analyzing both dike breaching and dike removal sites, is necessary in order to facilitate better restoration planning that accounts for the degree to which differing restoration approaches recover ecological function.

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