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FY14 Project
Skokomish Estuary Restoration Monitoring – Year 5 & Weaver/Purdy Creek Channel Floodplain Connectivity

Project Summary
The Skokomish Tribal Nation will engage in two projects: (1) continued research and monitoring efforts to assess the effectiveness of the Skokomish Estuary Restoration Project. Continuing project tasks include: monitoring the relative abundance, distribution, residence time, feeding behavior, and species diversity of salmonids and other fish species; and monitoring sediment transport and estuarine mixing; and (2) improving fish access, flow dynamics, habitat quality and quantity, water quality, and flood relief by creating a connection channel from Weaver Creek to Purdy Creek. This proposed channel will be approximately 750 foot long and will allow for a more natural drainage pattern by providing a channel to carry water downstream to Purdy Creek instead of backing upstream to the distributary during high flows, and preventing stagnant conditions during summer low flows. Large woody debris will also be installed in the connection channel to further improve habitat conditions.

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    FY13 Project
    Skokomish Estuary Monitoring and Adaptive Management  – Year 4

    Project Summary
    The Skokomish Tribal Nation will continue to support the research and monitoring efforts to assess the effectiveness of the Skokomish Estuary Restoration Project, as well engage in new tasks to further restore the estuary and disseminate data and information. Continuing project tasks include: monitoring the relative abundance, distribution, residence time, feeding behavior, and species diversity of salmonids and other fish species; monitoring the colonization and succession of vegetation, including an eelgrass bed inventory adjacent to the restoration area; and monitoring sediment transport and estuarine mixing. New project tasks include: designing, mapping, and implementing the removal of remnant pieces of dike that were left in the project area; and developing a technical report to aid in identifying the next adaptive management actions and disseminating results of the monitoring efforts to date.

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    FY12 Project
    Mapping and Monitoring of the Skokomish Estuary to Assess Change and Restoration Performance – Year 3; Fish Consumption Survey for the Skokomish Tribe

    Project Summary
    The Skokomish Tribal Nation will engage in two projects: (1) continued research and monitoring efforts focused on assessing the effectiveness of the Skokomish Estuary Restoration Project. Project tasks include: monitoring the relative abundance, distribution, residence time, feeding behavior, and species diversity of salmonids and other fish species; monitoring the colonization and succession of vegetation, including an eelgrass bed inventory; monitoring sediment transport and estuarine mixing; and conducting a beach survey to provide a delayed baseline of the shellfish habitat as reference in future studies; and (2) conducting an accurate survey of finfish and shellfish consumption by Skokomish Tribal members within Mason County. Washington has one of the highest fish-consuming populations in the nation, but it currently uses the lowest fish consumption rate in determining water quality standards. This project will contribute important Skokomish fish consumption data for the Skokomish Tribal Nation’s water quality standards, as well as contribute overall data for the ongoing effort to update Washington State’s fish consumption rate.

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    FY11 Project
    Monitoring and Adaptive Management of the Skokomish Estuary after Restoration

    Project Summary
    The Skokomish Tribal Nation will continue to conduct research and monitoring efforts focused on assessing the effectiveness of the Skokomish Estuary Restoration Project. Project tasks include:(1) monitoring the relative abundance, distribution, residence time, feeding behavior, and species diversity of salmonids and other fish species; (2) monitoring the colonization and succession of vegetation, including expanded nearshore surveys to include an eelgrass bed inventory; (3) monitoring sediment transport and estuarine mixing; (4) monitoring the insect community response; and (5) engaging in a new partnership with the USGS to map the bathymetry and substrate to produce a digital elevation model (DEM) and classify substrate and vegetation distribution across the nearshore.

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    FY10 Project
    Monitoring and Adaptive Management of the Skokomish Estuary after Restoration

    Project Summary
    The Skokomish Tribal Nation will conduct research and monitoring efforts focused on assessing the effectiveness of the Skokomish Estuary Restoration Project (SERP). Project tasks include: (1) monitoring of relative abundance, distribution, residence time, feeding behavior, and species diversity of salmonids and other fish species; (2) monitoring of vegetation colonization and succession; (3) monitoring of sediment transport and estuarine mixing; and (4) monitoring of insect community response.

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    FY08 Project
    Skokomish Puget Sound Partnership Project

    Project Summary
    This project will provide the Skokomish Tribe with policy and technical level support to oversee and implement numerous activities. The fish and wildlife policy director will attend various meetings, including the Ecosystem Coordination Board Science Recovery Panel, Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program, WRIA 16 & 17, and Puget Sound Partnership meetings, in addition to coordinating the sharing of information, recommendations, and data analysis between the Tribal Council and the various stakeholders.

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