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Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed Youth Seats!

The Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound (WRIA 9) is recruiting two youth seats (Grades 9-12) to serve on the WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum! The Watershed Ecosystem Forum – a regional partnership of 17 local governments, state resource agencies, business interests and nonprofit organizations – is collectively working to improve watershed conditions for our salmon populations. The Forum’s investments in habitat restoration support more than just salmon recovery; they support tribal treaty rights, community flood hazard reduction, water quality improvement, open space protection, and outdoor recreation. Youth seat members will get to learn firsthand how WRIA 9 partners come together to support salmon recovery in our watershed. Our recent newsletter provide a snapshot of the range of activities underway within the watershed. These seats are designed to promote regular and active civic engagement in youth within the WRIA 9 watershed, develop knowledge and skills for the next generation of local leaders, and to integrate a youth’s perspective and promote their involvement in salmon recovery. In addition to attending our quarterly meetings (4-6 pm, Aug 11; Nov 10; Feb 9-2023; May 11-2023), youth members will be provided opportunities to join WRIA 9 staff on field trips to local habitat restoration sites, participate in local community restoration events, and/or join fish ecologists to conduct fish sampling in local streams based on their interest and availability. Youth seat members will also receive a $500 stipend for their participation on the Forum.

If you are interested in applying, please submit an application by May 23 to Matt Goehring (206-263-6826) or Suzanna Smith (206-477-4641). Additional information on the position can be found in the WRIA 9 Youth Seat Proposal (link below).

Youth Seat Proposal

Please contact Matt Goehring (206-263-6826) or Suzanna Smith (206-477-4641) if you have any questions.

WRIA 9 2022 Legislative Priorities!

We encourage partners to integrate these salmon recovery priorities into your local government or organization’s own legislative agenda and priorities.

WRIA 9 2022 Federal Legislative Priorities

WRIA 9 2022 State Legislative Priorites

WRIA 9 Salmon Habitat Plan 2021 Update (Plan Update)

WRIA 9 is pleased to release the 2021 Update to the 2005 Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed Salmon Habitat Plan, “Making Our Watershed Fit for a King.” The Plan Update was approved by the Watershed Ecosystem Forum on February 11, 2021. This Update represents the next chapter of salmon recovery efforts in watershed. It provides a science-based framework for identifying, prioritizing and implementing salmon recovery actions over the next 10-15 years. The Plan Update integrates over a decade of new science and monitoring; provides updated habitat goals; outlines refined recovery strategies and embedded policies and programs; updates the capital projects list; and outlines a monitoring and adaptive framework for tracking implementation and making strategic adjustments. Download the full Plan Update.

About the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9)

Chinook salmon, bull trout, and steelhead are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In this watershed, citizens, scientists, businesses, conservation groups, and governments are working together to respond to the decline of salmon and the lands and waters on which the fish depend. In 2005, the partners completed a science-based Salmon Habitat Plan. Carrying out the plan recommendations will protect and restore a healthy watershed ecosystem for both people and fish. Watershed salmon habitat recovery is part of the work of the Puget Sound Partnership. Funding for coordination of salmon habitat recovery is provided by 17 local governments in the watershed.

For an overview of the watershed and why we we are addressing salmon habitat on a watershed basis, view the watershed introduction page.

Watershed Map Showing Subwatershed Boundaries

Watershed MapView larger version of map (Adobe Acrobat 912 KB)

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