Puget Sound National Estuary Program: Tribal Implementation Final Report

This report details the outcomes, successes, and reflections of the final two years (2014-15) of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Estuary Program award dedicated to tribal restoration and protection projects in the Puget Sound watershed.

The Elwha River, Washington. Photo: Tom Collins https://flic.kr/p/SUgCYk (CC BY-ND 2.0)
The Elwha River, Washington. Photo: Tom Collins https://flic.kr/p/SUgCYk (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Summary

On behalf of the federally recognized tribes of Puget Sound, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) developed a program to administer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Estuary Program award dedicated to tribal restoration and protection projects in the Puget Sound watershed. These funds were initially awarded under two grants – one for the first 3 years of funding, and a second for the last 2 years of funding. This report details the outcomes, successes, and reflections of the final 2 years of funding (federal fiscal years 2014-15), which closed December 31, 2019. Tribal projects funded under this program are of many types, including recovery project design and planning, ecosystem management, monitoring and evaluation, awareness raising, and research. Brief project summaries for each of the 19 tribes and two tribal consortia that received funding under this program are included in this report. NWIFC offers a forward-looking approach on the continuation of tribal implementation projects for Puget Sound under this program.

 

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