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Suquamish Tribe

FY15 Project
East Kitsap Forage Fish Survey and Monitoring Project

Project Summary

The Suquamish Tribe will continue a monitoring plan to document the status and trends of eelgrass beds in the East Kitsap nearshore. In addition to documenting the current status (distribution and abundance) of eelgrass, the monitoring plan will prescribe methods to complete periodic surveys for documenting trends in distribution and abundance of eelgrass at both a site and regional (East Kitsap) scale. This project is a highly prioritized project and near-term action within the Puget Sound Partnership 2014/2015 Action Agenda.

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FY14 Project
East Kitsap Forage Fish Survey and Monitoring Project

Project Summary
The Suquamish Tribe will develop and implement a monitoring plan to survey and document the location and extent of forage fish spawning in East Kitsap County.   This project will utilize the methods and the systematic and comprehensive sampling strategy currently in use by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on the outer Washington Coast and elsewhere in Puget Sound. This effort is intended to comprehensively update data collected by WDFW since 1972 and improve the accuracy of distribution (both spatial and temporal) of beach spawning forage fish East Kitsap County. Washington State has designated forage fish spawning areas as Saltwater Habitats of Special Concern and has applied “no net loss” provisions to protect them. State and local regulatory programs for protection of these habitats depends on accurate and up to date mapping of the location and timing of spawning.

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FY13 Project
East Kitsap Eelgrass Monitoring Project

Project Summary
The Suquamish Tribe will develop and implement a monitoring plan to survey and document the status of eelgrass beds in the East Kitsap nearshore. In addition to documenting the current status (distribution and abundance) of eelgrass, the monitoring plan will prescribe methods to complete periodic surveys for documenting trends in distribution and abundance of eelgrass at both a site and regional (East Kitsap) scale. This project is a highly prioritized project and near-term action within the Puget Sound Partnership 2012 Action Agenda.

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FY12 Project
Keta Park Floodplain Restoration Design & Curley Creek Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan

Project Summary
The Suquamish Tribe will support two projects: (1) providing partial match funding for the Keta Park Floodplain Restoration project, an ongoing, multi-party effort to restore habitat conditions and habitat forming processes in a degraded reach of the lower mainstem of Chico Creek, Kitsap County. Funds will contribute to completing the design and permitting for the replacement of the Golf Club Hill Road culvert and restoration of floodplain, riparian, and instream habitat; and (2) completing the Curley Creek Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan, including synthesis of existing data, studies, and documents; assessment of habitat conditions and watershed processes; and smolt trapping to estimate of coho, steelhead, and cutthroat trout production in the watershed.

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FY11 Project
Chico Creek Riparian Acquisition and Protection

Project Summary
The Suquamish Tribe will acquire and permanently protect for conservation 70 acres of stream and riparian lands adjacent to highly productive salmonid spawning and rearing habitat in the Chico Creek Watershed. Funds from this award will be used to assist the non-profit Mountaineers Foundation to exercise purchase options on three forested parcels totaling 70 acres, which will increase the Mountaineers Foundation’s current ownership in the Chico watershed to a total of 414 acres. The Foundation will manage this land for conservation in perpetuity.

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FY10 Project
Assessing and Preparing for Impacts of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia on Dungeness Crab in the Pacific Northwest

Project Summary
The Suquamish Tribe will focus on how to continue long term sustainable management by analyzing how waters with low dissolved oxygen (DO) and low pH threaten many aquatic species including Dungeness crab. Project tasks include: (1) in vitro assessment of low pH and dissolved oxygen effects on crab larvae; (2) supporting the identification of ocean acidification water monitoring capacity and gaps; (3) development of a flow through zooplankton imaging system to automate counting and measuring crab larvae in different treatments; (4) outreach and education on fisheries and the environment; and (5) facilitating teacher workshops to identify, test, and distribute k-12 educational materials on ocean acidification and retrofitting elementary 5-6 grade science kits to include ocean acidification lessons.

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FY09 Project
Suquamish Tribe, Chico Creek Estuary

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.

FY08 Project
Barker Creek Estuary Culvert Replacement Change Order

Project Summary
This project will provide necessary support for the completion of Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Regional Enhancement Group’s (MSFEG) Barker Creek Estuary Culvert Replacement Project. The project replaces the existing 4’ culvert with a 36’ wide bridge to restore estuarine habitat, remove a salmon migration barrier, and restore ecological processes (LWD, sediment, and nutrient transport) to the nearshore that is presently choked off by the culvert. Barker Creek is the second largest salmon producer in Dyes Inlet (after Chico Creek).

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