PUGET SOUND WATERSHEDS
Puget Sound is a deep, vast, and complex ecosystem. The region encompasses mountains, farmlands, cities, rivers, forests, and wetlands. Within the Puget Sound region, 16 salmon recovery chapter areas are defined. In addition, there are 10 local integrating organizations (LIOs) around Puget Sound that coordinate closely with the salmon recovery watersheds to advance priorities as strategies for local ecosystem recovery.
Each watershed has its own unique geographic, urban, suburban, and rural areas. The Puget Sound Partnership collaborates with partners throughout the entire region to ensure that salmon recovery efforts work toward protecting Chinook salmon, steelhead, and the rich biodiversity of species that rely on Puget Sound. It is within each of these local watersheds that recovery takes place. Tribes, lead entities, local jurisdictions, and community-based organizations work together to protect and restore habitat and get the word out about the importance of keeping Puget Sound clean and protected.
Lead entities are local, citizen-based, organizations that coordinate salmon recovery efforts in their local watersheds. Per statute (RCW 77.85.050), lead entities are tasked with establishing a committee made up of habitat recovery interests in their area and developing a list of habitat recovery projects. In Puget Sound, lead entities work with local and state agencies, tribes, citizens, and other community groups to adaptively manage their watershed recovery plans to recover salmon and ensure that salmon recovery actions are implemented on the ground.
Contact information for the lead entities is provided below. More information about the Lead Entity Program is available on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office website.
|Watershed||Lead Entity Contact||Phone||Watershed Recovery Plan Chapters|
|Carrie Byron, King Countyemail@example.com||2005 WRIA 8 Chapter||2017 WRIA 8 Chapter|
|Green/Duwamish||Suzanna Smith, King Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||2005 WRIA 9 Chapter||2021 WRIA 9 Chapter|
|Hood Canal||Alicia Olivas, Hood Canal Coordinating Councilemail@example.com||2010 Skokomish Chapter||2017 Skokomish Chapter|
|Island||Clea Barenburg, Island Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||2005 Island Chapter||2019 Island Chapter|
|Nisqually River||Ashley Von Essen, Nisqually Indian Tribeemail@example.com||2005 Nisqually Chapter|
|Nooksack||Becky Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org||2005 Nooksack Chapter|
|North Olympic Peninsula||Cheryl Baumann, Clallam Countyemail@example.com||2005 Elwha Chapter||2007 Dungeness Chapter|
|Puyallup/White & Chambers/Clover||Lisa Spurrier, Pierce Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||2005 PuyallupWhite Chapter|
|San Juan||Sam Whitridge, San Juan Countyemail@example.com||2005 San Juan Chapter||2022 San Juan Chapter|
|Skagit||Richard Brocksmith, Skagit Watershed Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org||2005 Skagit Chapter|
|Snohomish||Gretchen Glaub, Snohomish County
||email@example.com||2005 Snohomish Chapter|
|South Sound||Amy Hatch-Winecka, Thurston Regional Planning Council; Jacob Murray, Mason Conservation District||Amy: 360-956-7575; Jacob: 360-427-9436 firstname.lastname@example.org
|2005 So Sound Chapter|
|Stillaguamish||Donald “Kit” Crump, Stillaguamish Watershed Council
||425-388-3464 Ext. 4658||Donald.Crump@snoco.org||2005 Stillaguamish Chapter|
|West Sound/East Kitsap||Renee Johnson, Kitsap Countyemail@example.com||2005 West Sound Chapter|
Lead Entity Contact list and Chapter links last updated July 2022
Please note that this list is intended to be representative but not comprehensive of all the critical organizations and agencies working in the watershed for salmon recovery.
Last updated: 3/15/23