Island Lead Entity Management Area
Island County Lead Entity (WRIA 6)
The Island County Lead Entity relies on the Salmon Recovery Technical and Citizen Committee (SRTCC) to oversee the Salmon Recovery program, to provide scientific and technical assistance and guidance, and to provide a citizen-based evaluation of projects. Island County is located at a crucial junction where three major rivers empty into the central Salish Sea. This places it on the migration corridor used by many Puget Sound juvenile and adult salmon and trout populations. As these fish move to and from their natal streams and rivers, Island County's 207 miles of shoreline with its nearshore, eelgrass beds, beaches and feeder bluffs, estuaries, and small stream mouths provide critical shelter, feeding and/or physiological refugia. The Lead Entity's goals and strategies prioritize protection and restoration of these habitats.
In 2020, the Board of Island County Commissioners approved an update to the 2005 WRIA 6 Multi-Species Salmon Recovery Plan. The 2020 Update is an addendum to the 2005 Salmon Recovery Plan and further defines targets and an adaptive management process. To advance salmon recovery priorities for Island County, the Lead Entity works closely with several partners, including the Island Local Integrating Organization, the Island County Marine Resource Committee, the Tribes, the US Navy, WDFW, Conservation Districts, and several non-profit organizations.
A Success Story: Maylor Point Feeder Bluff Armoring Removal
Maylor Point Feeder Bluff Armoring Removal was submitted during the 2016 Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) grant round to remove 1500 feet of shoreline armoring at Maylor Point, part of Naval Air Station Whidbey. Completed in the Fall of 2018, early monitoring has already found forage fish eggs across the entire project site! This project was sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation (NWSF) and supported by the US Navy and the Island County Marine Resources Committee and is a great example of how the Lead Entity supports a network of partners. The project was included in an assessment of opportunities to restore feeder bluff processes and functions in Island and Jefferson counties by the NWSF and funded by the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program and was identified on the Lead Entity's workplan. The Lead Entity citizens and technical committee, the Island Local Integrating Organization (ILIO) and Island County Marine Resources Committee (IC MRC) worked with the NWSF to secure funding for the restoration project through the EPA National Estuary Program funds as 2016 Near Term Action, US Fish & Wildlife program funds, and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Funds. The members of the Lead Entity, the ILIO and the IC MRC worked together, to coordinate local recovery actions to garner regional support and achieve project success.
The Island County Lead Entity organizes and approves salmon recovery projects to achieve its priority protection and recovery goals::
To Protect Habitat:
(Whidbey Camano Land Trust)Large, intact parcels with feeder bluffs across from large rivers are the highest priority.
To enable Beach Building Processes:
Removing shore armor allows beaches to function.
To Restore Access to Habitat:
(Snohomish Conservation District)Restored access to freshwater rearing habitat.
To advance Recovery Planning:
(Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group)Inventory and prioritize barriers for replacement.
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