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Squaxin Island Tribe

FY14 Project
Biological Recovery of Coho in Skookum Creek – Year 2

Project Summary
The Squaxin Island Tribe will continue to contribute to the recovery of lost Coho productivity in Skookum Creek through the support of two projects: (1) field identification of rearing reaches with highest density of coho fry; and overlay of coho spawning density with existing water quality and habitat information to produce prioritization of aquatic and riparian habitat protection and restoration actions; and (2) developing a groundwater-flow model to aid in the understanding of the groundwater flow system and the effects of groundwater development alternatives on the water resources of the Skookum watershed. The end result will be the calculation of the relationship between summer streamflows, usable fish habitat and the period of hydrologic record in preparation for negotiation and adoption of summer mimimum flows through rulemaking by DOE.

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    FY13 Project
    Biological Recovery of Coho in Skookum Creek – Year 1

    Project Summary
    The Squaxin Island Tribe will contribute to the recovery of lost Coho productivity through the support of three projects: (1) continued field identification of rearing reaches with highest density of coho fry; and overlay of coho spawning density with existing water quality and habitat information to produce prioritization of aquatic and riparian habitat protection and restoration actions; (2) designing and engineering of large woody debris for 2100 feet of lower Skookum Creek below Highway 108 to increase quality and quantity of salmonid rearing habitat; and (3) assembling all available information and water quality information and conducting analysis of data gaps to create a comprehensive conservation and restoration strategy for Skookum Creek.

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    FY12 Project
    Biological Recovery of Coho in the Deschutes Watershed – Year 3

    Project Summary
    The Squaxin Island Tribe will contribute to the recovery of lost Coho productivity in the Deschutes Watershed and the support of Treaty Rights through the creation of a comprehensive biological recovery plan for the Deschutes Watershed. The recovery plan will analyze existing data on riparian conditions, fine sediment sources, channel morphology, floodplain connectivity, habitat preferences of coho, etc. to systematically identify reach-by-reach the site-specific remedies to all known limiting factors to permit recovery of the Deschutes coho stock. Reviewing and synthesizing this Deschutes data to define strategic priorities will lead to a more efficient and effective implementation of watershed-wide restoration actions

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    FY11 Project
    Biological Recovery of Coho in the Deschutes Watershed

    Project Summary
    The Squaxin Island Tribe will contribute to the recovery of lost Coho productivity in the Deschutes Watershed by (1) continuing to identify high priority habitat restoration actions, based on existing information; and supplementation of Coho fry and identification of heavily used reaches by Coho fry; (2) monitoring nutrient levels in the Deschutes River and Budd Inlet to identify and remediate drivers of low dissolved oxygen, a significant stressor for salmonids; and (3) designing and engineering the restoration of the 3 acre delta of Schneider Creek, located along the primary migratory corridor for both returning spawners and outmigrating salmonids into and out of Capital Lake.

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    FY10 Project
    Biological Recovery of Coho in the Deschutes Watershed

    Project Summary
    The Squaxin Island Tribe seeks to contribute to the recovery of lost Coho productivity in the Deschutes Watershed by (1) identifying high priority habitat restoration actions, based on existing information and identification of heavily used reaches by supplemented Coho fry; (2) developing the technical basis for DOE to set summer minimum flows in WAC 173‐513 and enable the use high level indicators to evaluate summer streamflow achievement; and (3) designing and engineering a restoration project to enhance the off-channel connection where Lake Lawrence tributary drains into the Deschutes River.

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    FY08 Project
    Squaxin Island Tribe Puget Sound Restoration Project

    Project Summary
    The Squaxin Island Tribe proposal contains three elements. The first element aims to assess the relative use of South Puget Sound pocket estuaries by Chinook salmon and identify and propose restoration and conservation projects to land owners within the project area. The intention is to identify which priority pocket estuaries are utilized at a higher rate in order to select sites that when rehabilitated or conserved, will provide high quality pocket estuaries and migration corridors for juvenile salmonids. The second element will involve an analysis of riparian instream restoration sites in Skookum Creek to determine what potential benefits might be conferred if restored. Based on this information acreage will be prioritized for riparian planting and gravel supplementation. The third element will involve tribal representation in planning processes that forward the goals of the action agenda. South Puget Sound represents a unique political as well as biological setting. Puget Sound south of Tacoma Narrows encompasses parts of five WRIAs (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) and numerous watersheds. It also includes parts of five counties (Pierce, Thurston Lewis, Mason, and Kitsap), three Tribes, several cities and towns, and multiple other interests like Conservation Districts and Shellfish Protection Districts.

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