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Salmon Recovery

​Water Resources Inventory Area (WRIA) 6 encompasses all of the islands and water within Island County’s geographic boundary. Centrally located within the Salish Sea, at the junction of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Georgia Straight, WRIA 6 shorelines are used as a migration corridor by juvenile and adult salmon originating from rivers throughout the Puget Sound.  WRIA 6 nearshore and coastal estuaries provide critical shelter, refuge, food, and physiological refuge for juvenile salmon as they transition from river to ocean stages of their life.  

The vision of the Salmon Recovery program is to ensure the following: 1) abundant, naturally-spawning Pacific salmon are using nearshore and coastal stream habitats in WRIA 6, and  2) diverse and viable populations of salmon, coexist with the human population, and support human harvest.  Strong community participation in ecosystem protection and restoration is essential to the success of the program. 
Designated as the Lead Entity under Washington State Legislation, Island County relies on both citizen and technical committees designated with overseeing the program.  The Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) serves as the citizen committee that oversees the Salmon Recovery program and provides citizen based evaluation of projects.  The WRAC receives technical assistance and guidance from the WRIA 6 Salmon Technical Advisory Group.  Members of the TAG include private, state, tribal, and local representatives with appropriate expertise in salmon recovery.
In 2005, the Board of Island County Commissioners approved the WRIA 6 Multi-Species Salmon Recovery Plan.  The purpose of the plan is to identify actions needed to recover salmon populations which use the nearshore areas of WRIA 6, especially listed species, and develop a framework for implementation of actions that have been agreed to by community stakeholders and local, state, tribal, and federal governments.

Lead Entity Definition:

"Local, watershed-based organizations that develop local salmon habitat recovery strategies and then recruit organizations to do habitat protection and restoration projects that will implement the strategies" (Chelan LE, 2012)

Helpful Resources

Island County - Salmon Recovery Planning Documents​

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