CHIN7.1: Protect and/or restore critical habitat for salmon populations.
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Regional Priority Approach Description
Protect and/or restore critical habitat for salmon populations.
Desired Outcome - Habitats critical to salmon life history types prioritized for protection and restoration actions to maintain/regain key habitat functions for salmon (such as juvenile rearing habitat, predation refuge, etc.).
Policy Needs - N/A
Example Actions - Remove or set back barriers to pocket estuary function (such as roads, levies, etc.) Work with landowners to allow estuarine connectivity during key timeframes when salmon rely on the pocket estuaries. Purchase properties that allow for permanent restoration and protection of habitat and connectivity. Remove culverts and maintain improved streamflow functions. Develop a framework to identify key, highest priority salmon habitats to protect in Puget Sound (see CHIN1.3).
Proposal Guidance - Cite scientific studies (for example: Fresh 2006, Fresh 2011, and Cereghino 2012, coastal inlets chapter) and planning documents that prioritize the proposed site, sequencing, and the proposed methodology related to salmon recovery goals/targets. Demonstrate that key partners (LIOs, LEs/salmon recovery groups, CDs, etc.) have been engaged in the prioritization process. There is a continued need to disconnect water runoff from all live waters per WAC 222-24. Priority could be given to culverts that are lower down in the watershed that, if removed, would allow fish to access the most and best functioning habitat within the region.
Local Context - Local context provides additional specificity on how a Regional Priority approach should be implemented in each local area; examples include sequencing, partners to consider, and critical areas. Local context for this Regional Priority approach is available here.
Regional Priority Approach Near Term Actions Map
No Puget Sound Recovery Progress Measures set for this Regional Priority Approach.