Current Projects

3 Crabs Estuarine and Nearshore Restoration –Summer 2016-2017

3 Crabs Nearshore and Estuarine Restoration Project

The 3 Crabs Nearshore and Estuarine Restoration Project will remove infrastructure, fill and armoring at the site of the former 3 Crabs Restaurant.  This project will restore historic landforms and improve public access at a newly established WDFW Wildlife Area along Dungeness Bay and Meadowbrook Creek.  Meadowbrook Creek is the last freshwater tributary to the Dungeness River and provides essential rearing habitat for outmigrating Dungeness River salmon. The Dungeness estuary and Dungeness Bay is categorized as a site that supports an average of 7,500 waterfowl (up to 13,000) during migration and winter. Estuarine and wetland habitat restoration will benefit  high concentrations of waterfowl by improving access to varied habitat types. This project will improve the ecological function of over 40 acres of coastal wetlands and will restore ½ mile of stream channel.  Check out the project blog here for press coverage, video, and occasional updates. For a printable PDF of the project map, please click here.  For printable PDFs of the project planset, click on the following files: File 1File 2, File 3

Sequim Bay Shoreline Restoration, USFWS Dawley Site – Planning in progress

Bulkhead at Dawley Restoration site

Bulkhead at Dawley Restoration site

The Dawley Restoration Project will restore a 1,400 ft section of Sequim Bay shoreline owned by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service through the removal of armoring, bulkheads, fill, and overwater structures. The shoreline will be re-contoured to blend into undisturbed adjacent beach faces and the marine riparian zone will be re-vegetated.  This project will repair habitat sustaining shoreline processes and improve migration and survival of juvenile salmon, especially Jimmycomelately Creek summer chum. The project will also improve water quality within Sequim Bay by removing toxic creosoted pilings. The Dawley Phase alone will remove approximate 5% of the bulkhead from the Sequim Bay shoreline.


Lower Discovery Bay Estuary Restoration Continues at Snow Creek Estuary – Summer 2015

Snow Creek Estuary existing shoreline

Snow Creek Estuary existing shoreline

Restoration actions for the Lower Discovery Bay Estuary Restoration include removal and modification of an abandoned railroad grade removal of side cast dredge spoils and accumulated delta cone deposits. The Snow Creek Estuary Project will restore approximately 11 acres of saltmarsh and tidal channels  along the banks of Snow Creek mouth.  This area is critical habitat for ESA-listed Hood Canal Summer Chum. Check out the project blog for press coverage, video, and updates.  The Hood Canal Coordinating Council also released this interactive storymap which tells the story of Discovery Bay Restoration.



Kilisut Harbor RestorationPlanning phase in progress


The 116 Causeway that bisects Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay

The goal of the Kilisut Harbor Restoration Project is to re-create 10-20 acres of historic tidal channels and reconnect a salt marsh linkage between southern Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay to restore self-sustaining ecosystem processes to approximately 2,300 acres of highly productive habitat in Kilisut Harbor.  These actions will re-establish a major northern and southern migratory passage in an area of superb nearshore habitat between Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay for juvenile and adult salmonids, including ESA-listed Hood Canal summer Chum, Puget Sound Chinook and Puget Sound Steelhead in addition to improving water quality and expanding migratory waterfowl habitat.  Check out the project blog here for press coverage, video, and updates.



Habitat Work Schedule

The Habitat Work Schedule (HWS) is a project mapping and tracking database for Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Lead Entities and their partners. It enables natural resource professionals, project funders, and the public to follow past, current, and proposed projects from concept through implementation and then, once complete, into the monitoring phases. This leaves a legacy of local and statewide salmon recovery efforts and creates a better coordinated salmon recovery effort.

You can search projects in the HWS database by name, region, Lead Entity, project category, or status. Alternately, you can browse a list of projects, a hierarchy of project folders, or mapped project locations.

 banner photo courtesy of NOAA