Valerie Normand Meghan Jordan
Communications Specialist II Communications Specialist III
Federal funding supports a coalition of tribal and local partners working together to foster Chinook Salmon recovery and ecosystem resilience in Puget Sound
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 1, 2023 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded its Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants to a coalition of local and tribal partners, with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as administrative lead. As a sub-recipient of this grant, Snohomish County Surface Water Management Division (SWM) will receive $2.8 million to advance three habitat and floodplain restoration projects under the Community Floodplain Solutions program in the Snohomish Basin: Thomas’ Eddy, Shinglebolt Slough, and Chinook Marsh.
Under this NOAA grant, in the Snohomish and Stillaguamish River Basins, a broad coalition of partners including the Stillaguamish and Tulalip Tribes, the County, state agencies, local government, and nonprofit organizations, will restore more than 1,200 acres of estuary and river floodplain function, along more than 17 miles of shoreline, and advance more than 750 acres of future habitat restoration work. In the Skagit River Basin, grant partners will restore 627 acres of estuarine tidal marsh and pocket estuary habitat in one of the most important watersheds within Puget Sound for habitat recovery.
“Snohomish County appreciates NOAA’s support for this grant and looks forward to joining with our partners to complete this essential work,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “Achieving recovery of the Puget Sound Chinook is a transformational goal for the entire Pacific Northwest. Estuary restoration will have broad benefits across our community and economy – for tribal, commercial, and recreational fisheries, underserved tribal communities and treaty rights, and recovery of multiple threatened and endangered species of salmon and Orca. These projects support key community priorities like climate resilience, flood protection, agricultural and economic vitality, and recreation.”
These County projects will accelerate estuary restoration, increase floodplain connectivity for fish and provide resilience to climate change in the Snohomish Basin.
“I am proud to work in collaboration with local partners in the Whidbey Basin to support their work. These projects will restore habitat for salmon and create rivers and estuaries that are more resilient to floods in a changing climate. Nature-based solutions like the ones in this portfolio of project actions will support our local communities for generations,” said WDFW Program Manager Jay Krienitz.
Learn more about this grant program on the webpage.
The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management; the Division of Parks and Recreation; the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture. DCNR works in support of thriving communities; a clean and healthy environment to foster environmental stewardship; ensuring food security; supporting a green economy, and strengthening communities by providing regional parks and infrastructure; protecting the region's water, air, land and natural habitats; enhancing agriculture and recreation; and reducing flooding. https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5758.