Island Local Area
Island Local Integrating Organization (Island LIO)
The Island Local Integrating Organization (ILIO) works to achieve ecosystem recovery and improve resilience for the Island watershed, also known as Water Resources Inventory Area (WRIA) 6. The Island LIO weaves together strengths of existing watershed groups, tribes, and government agencies to maximize effectiveness of ecosystem recovery investments, protect and enhance Island watershed, and ensure a resilient future that promises natural resource equity for generations to come. Island LIO stakeholders collaborate to develop a regionally significant, science-based recovery plan that selects the most effective strategies, aligns existing watershed efforts, and integrates local ecosystem priorities, social values, and economic goals to protect and enhance vital habitat. The Island LIO Ecosystem Recovery Plan provides a framework for making sound decisions on ecosystem recovery and guides local priority strategies for Island watershed to contribute to Puget Sound recovery efforts. The Island LIO evaluates progress and adaptively manages its Ecosystem Recovery Plan to ensure recovery efforts are successful.
A Success Story: Maylor Point Feeder Bluff Armoring Removal
Maylor Point Feeder Bluff Armoring Removal was a 2016 NTA (2016-0090) 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 a collaborative effort between the Northwest Straits Foundation, the US Navy, and the Island County Marine Resources Committee. The project was identified through an assessment of opportunities to restore feeder bluff processes and functions in Island and Jefferson counties funded by the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program. The citizens and technical committees of the Island LIO, Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery and Island County Marine Resources Committee worked together to get the restoration project funded through the Habitat Strategic Initiative team with EPA National Estuary Program funds and US Fish & Wildlife program funds.This is a great example of how the Island LIO ensures all three local environmental citizen’s bodies (LIO, Lean Entity, Marine Resource Committee) are working together, to coordinate local recovery actions to garner regional support and achieve project success.
The ILIO continues to implement Near Term Actions (NTAs) to achieve the Island watershed's priority recovery goals:
|To advance Chinook recovery:
Coupeville Outfall Study
(Town of Coupeville)
|To improve Freshwater Quality:
Island County Stormwater Technical Assistance and Outreach Network
(Whidbey Island Cnoservation District)
| To improve Shellfish Bed health:
Sound Horsekeeping (Snohomish Conservation District)
To reduce Shoreline Armoring:
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