West Central LIO Seeking Proposals for Near Term Actions (NTAs)

The West Central LIO is soliciting proposals for 2018 Near Term Actions (NTAs). The West Central LIO is calling for Puget Sound recovery actions pertaining to stormwater, shellfish, and habitat within the West Central LIO boundaries. Please stay tuned for more information about the LIO's recovery priorities and the NTA submission process. 

NTA full draft submissions are due by February 6, 2018 and final draft submissions of all NTA fact sheets are due by March 30, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact Rachel Aronson at raronson@triangleassociates.com or 206-981-2228 or Thomas Christian at tchristian@triangleassociates.com or 206-981-2242.

West Central LIO Draft 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plan

Over the last several months, the West Central LIO has been working hard to develop a draft of its 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plan. Each LIO is responsible for developing a plan for its region that identifies its 5-year recovery goals. The EPA will use these plans to help ensure funding is allocated to projects that have the most significant effect on Puget Sound restoration. 

The LIO submitted its first draft of the recovery plan in October, and will continue to revise this plan, with the guidance of the Puget Sound Partnership and EPA, until a final draft is ready by the September 2016 deadline.  

Below are the submitted materials, including the plan, the Conceptual Model, the Schematics for each Strategic Initiative, the Results Chains for each Vital Sign, and the Tier 2 Sources and Stressors List.

Draft Plan

Conceptual Model

Results Chains


Tier 2 Sources and Stressors List


Shoreline Monitoring Protects Shellfish

To protect and restore commercial shellfish areas, Kitsap County is conducting routine marine shoreline E. coli bacteria monitoring. The Kitsap Public Health District is making great progress towards its monitoring goals and it has just completed wet weather shoreline surveys of Miller Bay, Hood Canal 4 & 5, Yukon Harbor and Manchester - totaling more than 18 miles!

Image courtesy of Kimberly Jones

Image courtesy of Kimberly Jones

Health District staff has also surveyed all shoreline public access areas within the Poulsbo, Bremerton, and Port Orchard to identify pollution sources to public beaches.

In 2015, two sewage discharges have been identified to the open shellfish growing area in Yukon Harbor. The Health District is undertaking corrective actions to mitigate pollution. 

Image courtesy of Kimberly Jones

Image courtesy of Kimberly Jones

By Kimberly Jones, Environmental Health Specialist, Kitsap Public Health District

Local Science Seminar a Success

Over 80 people gathered at the Poulsbo City Hall on March 5th for the West Sound Local Science Seminar, hosted by the West Central Local Integrating Organization (LIO). The LIO hosted the Seminar to help prioritize Near-Term Actions, which the LIO is due to present to the Puget Sound Partnership by fall 2015. The Seminar included 13 presentations on topics affecting the recovery of the west-central Puget Sound. Experts from county government, environmental nonprofit organizations, tribes, and state agencies all spoke about threats to Puget Sound’s ecosystem. In addition, LIO Executive Committee members gave opening remarks and commended the LIO for its work in protecting the Puget Sound.

Photo courtesy of Don WIllott

Photo courtesy of Don WIllott

Seminar participants learned about work to support and recovery specific species, including native oyster restoration, steelhead salmon recovery, mussel monitoring, coho salmon mortality, and eelgrass restoration. Presenters also covered important infrastructure issues, like culvert replacement, shoreline armoring, and green stormwater infrastructure. Other topics included stream preservation, bacterial contamination, the Puget Sound Pressure Assessment and lastly, the connections between Puget Sound recovery and human wellbeing.

Photo courtesy of Don Willott

Photo courtesy of Don Willott

After the seminar concluded, members of the LIO’s Working Group gathered to assess how the presentations they heard could inform new Near-Term Actions, which are two-year initiatives to improve the health of Puget Sound. If approved, these NTAs will be included in the 2016 Puget Sound Action Agenda, which is a road map that lays out the work needed to help restore Puget Sound.

Protecting Salmon through Culvert Replacement

The Suquamish Tribe is moving full steam ahead on its work to restore floodplain, riparian, and instream habitat conditions on the mainstem of Chico Creek,  one of the largest and most productive salmon streams in the West Central LIO geography. To achieve this restoration, the Tribe is replacing the triple box culvert located on Golf Club Hill Road with a bridge.

The Golf Club Hill Road culvert is the highest priority culvert for replacement in Kitsap County based on its potential to block fish passage.  Without frequent and ongoing maintenance of log weirs below the culvert, adult salmon would be unable to pass the culvert.  Replacing the culvert with a bridge will eliminate the need for these structures and will allow for habitat improvements to be incorporated into the downstream design.  

In 2014, the Technical Review Panel of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board approved conceptual designs for the floodplain restoration, allowing for design work on the bridge and other elements of the project to proceed. The Tribe is focused on completing full design by early 2016.  The final design will reflect the recent inclusion of in-channel restoration actions through the Kitsap Golf and Country Club reach in the scope of work.

The Tribe and Kitsap County Public Works met in March of 2015 to kick off design of the bridge which will eventually replace the culvert.  The Tribe and County will consider a number of bridge alignment options and will advance a preferred alternative through the design and permitting process.  

Taken together, the culvert replacement, floodplain, riparian, and in-stream restoration will improve conditions for rearing, spawning, and migrating salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout and will increase habitat resilience.  

For more information about  this project, contact Tom Ostrom, Salmon Recovery Coordinator, Suquamish Tribe, 360-394-8446, tostrom@suquamish.nsn.us

Triple box culvert in Chico Creek. Image Source: West Sound Watersheds Council

Triple box culvert in Chico Creek. Image Source: West Sound Watersheds Council


The location of the Golf Hill Road culvert