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Learn about HCCC’s most recent progress and achievements toward our mission to recover and protect Hood Canal’s beaches, forests, streams and wildlife for the benefit of our communities.
2018 Call for Salmon Habitat Projects Now Open!
The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC), as the Regional Recovery Organization for Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon and the Lead Entity for Hood Canal, is issuing a Call for Salmon Habitat Projects for the 2018 HCCC Lead Entity grant round addressing specific actions and watersheds. This Call for Salmon Habitat Projects will provide the basis for the selection of projects to be submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for the 2018 HCCC Lead Entity grant round.
Please see the following documents for more information:
- HCCC Salmon Recovery Program Priorities and Immediate Needs - 2018 Call for Salmon Habitat Projects
- 2018 Call for Projects - Letter of Intent Template
Individuals and entities wishing to propose a salmon habitat project aligning with the habitat actions identified in the Table 1: 2018 Salmon Habitat Actions to guide project development and implementation (located in the Call for Projects linked above) are asked to complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the project utilizing the LOI template and submit the completed template to Alicia Olivas, Lead Entity Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org by January 19, 2018.
[Closed-Consultant Selected] Seeking Professional Services for Regional PIC Program Co-coordinator
The Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) is seeking a consultant qualified to co-coordinate Phase 3 of the Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification and Correction Program (funded by the Washington Department of Health).
2018 Near Term Action Process Starts Nov. 13th
The Puget Sound Partnership will release the 2018 Near Term Action (NTA) Solicitation Guide for the Puget Sound Action Agenda on Nov. 13, 2017. HCCC will facilitate a local Local Integrating Organization (LIO) review process for Hood Canal NTAs. Information on the LIO NTA process will also be available by Nov 13th.
HCCC is hosting two NTA process information sessions:
November 14, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
At HCCC17791 Fjord Dr NE Suite 124 Poulsbo, WA 98370
November 21, 2017
10:00 am -12:00 pm
At Mason County Public Works100 W Public Works Dr Shelton, WA 98584
It is strongly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions if you are considering submitting an NTA for the 2018 Puget Sound Action Agenda. There are significant changes from the 2016 NTA process. This will also be an opportunity to share NTA ideas with other prospective NTA owners.
Other 2018 NTA process information sources:
PSP 2018 Action Agenda website: Linked here
The Action Agenda Strategic Initiative Leads will be hosting an optional webinar:
Regional Priorities & NTA Solicitation Webinar
November 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (click here to join WebEx)
Strategic Initiative Leads introduce regional priorities and answer questions. Please review solicitation appendix A prior to webinar.
The Puget Sound Partnership will be hosting an optional webinar :
How to Submit a Near Term Action (NTA)
on November 28, 2017, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (click here to join WebEx)
The Partnership will host an instructional webinar to offer details on using the NTA submission tool. Partnership staff will be available for up to two hours after the webinar (10:00AM-12:00PM) to field questions from interested parties.
New assessment explores interactions between salmon habitat restoration and bivalve shellfish resources
Habitat restoration is a major component of the Hood Canal region’s efforts to recover salmon populations, with projects being undertaken in freshwater, estuarine, and marine nearshore habitats. Although habitat restoration projects involve removing modifications and returning a site closer to its historic and/or unmodified condition, those changes made to improve conditions for salmon can cause undesired changes for other species; in particular for this report bivalve shellfish. Hood Canal Coordinating Council's Assessment of Interactions between Salmon Habitat Restoration and Bivalve Shellfish Resources explores these potentially conflicting interests and provides guidance and recommendations.
$750,000 to fund Hood Canal Bridge fish mortality study
Approximately 65% of juvenile, out-migrating steelhead that make it to the Hood Canal floating bridge do not make it to Admiralty Inlet, a location just North of the bridge on their migratory route. This high level of mortality may be limiting the species’ recovery, as steelhead are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. HCCC is working with Long Live the Kings (LLTK) and multiple partners to pin-point exactly how steelhead are dying in the area and discover if the floating bridge impacts water quality. The $750k state appropriation will support the current phase of the Hood Canal Bridge Ecosystem Impact Assessment.
Read the press release for more information.
New Report - Groundwater Upwelling and Summer Chum Spawning
HCCC worked with Confluence Environmental Company and Pacific Groundwater Group to compile the scientific documentation relating summer chum productivity to groundwater upwelling and inform how groundwater resources data should be used to guide future salmon habitat restoration work. Follow the links below to view the full reports.
Dungeness River LiDAR completed
Dungeness River Topo-bathy LiDAR is now complete and available from the Puget Sound Lidar Consortium. The data report and all of the data are available for download from the PSLC site http://pugetsoundlidar.ess.
HCCC funded this project to assist the Jamestown S'klallam Tribe and partners in planning and implementing Summer Chum restoration projects on the Dungeness River and Dungeness Delta.
Citizens Committee approves 9 projects for SRFB funding consideration
The HCCC Lead Entity Citizens Committee reviewed and approved nine projects to be submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) for funding consideration for the 2017 grant round. To view the list and links to full project proposals view our summary document.
HCCC supports legislative requests
The Hood Canal Coordinating Council supports legislative requests that further HCCC's and our partners' work and investments toward Hood Canal's environmental and community wellbeing.