WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council
March 15, 2007
Don Davidson, Chair (Councilmember, Bellevue); Larry Phillips, Vice-Chair (Councilmember, King
County); joan burlingame (Rock Creek Representative, Cedar River Council); Dan Clawson
(Councilmember, Renton); Geoff Clayton (Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce); Richard Conlin
(Councilmember, Seattle); Joe Fielding (alternate for Tim Clark, Councilmember, Kent); Ted Frantz
(Councilmember, Hunts Point); Ava Frisinger (Mayor, Issaquah); Jean Garber (Mayor, Newcastle);
Dave Gossett (Councilmember, Snohomish County); Bill Knutsen (King Conservation District); Kirk
Lakey (WA Department of Fish and Wildlife); Jim Lauinger (Mayor, Kirkland); Sinang Lee (WA
Department of Ecology); David Orvis (Councilmember, Edmonds); Cleve Steward (Sustainable
Fisheries Foundation); Frank Urabeck (Citizen); Cathy VonWald (Mayor, Woodinville); Janet Way
Charles Beck (Snohomish County); Rika Cecil (Shoreline); Diana Forman (Citizen); Jenny Gaus
(Kirkland); Jenny Giambattiste (King County); Julie Hall (Seattle); Penny Lewis (Citizen); John
Lombard (Sustainable Fisheries Foundation); Sarah Ogier (WRIA 8 Service Provider Representative,
King County); Kit Paulsen (Bellevue); Kerry Ritland (Issaquah); Mike Shaw (Mountlake Terrace);
David St. John (King County); Ron Straka (Renton); Betty Swift (Citizen); Mary Jorgensen (WRIA 8
Actions and Funding Coordinator); Frank Leonetti (WRIA 8 Technical Coordinator); Jean White
(WRIA 8 Watershed Coordinator).
Don Davidson opened the meeting.
There was no public comment.
Welcome New Members & Introductions
Don Davidson introduced new Salmon Recovery Council member Sinang Lee, Department of Ecology,
and reported that Meg Mathews, Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, will also be sitting on the
Council. Dr. Davidson then invited all attendees to introduce themselves.
Jean White, WRIA 8 Watershed Coordinator, reported that a June 21 meeting has been added to the
Council schedule. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss Salmon Recovery Funding Board
(SRFB) and King Conservation District (KCD) project recommendations, as well as to continue the
2008 Work Plan, MOU, and budget discussion from the May 17 meeting as necessary. [Note: Schedule
has since changed, SRFB, KCD and Puget Sound Salmon Fund recommendations will be here at
the July 19 meeting.]
Mary Jorgensen, WRIA 8 Actions and Funding Coordinator, announced that a Salmon Recovery Lead
Entities Day will occur Friday, March 23 in the Legislative Building in Olympia. All 26 lead entities in
the state are participating. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invited all state
legislators to attend, and Mary said we plan to follow-up with an e-mail to WRIA 8 legislators inviting
them to visit the WRIA 8 table.
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Allocation Guidance for 2007 King Conservation District (KCD)
Mary Jorgensen reviewed the May 2006 guidance for KCD funding and the Project Subcommittee’s
2006 project funding recommendations. The WRIA 8 Forum’s 2006 guidelines were: 2/3 or 67% for
Site-specific Projects; ¼ or 25% to Monitoring, Education and Outreach; and 1/12 or 8% Discretionary
Fund. The Discretionary Fund was created to provide flexibility to the WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee
to balance funds between categories based on submitted project applications.
The Project Subcommittee’s 2006 recommendations came out close to the guidelines: 72% ($1,050,600)
for Site-specific Projects; 20% ($293,398) for Monitoring (fish in/fish out), Education & Outreach; and
8% ($141,028) for the Discretionary Fund, for a total of $1,485,028. The Project Subcommittee used the
Discretionary Fund in 2006 to recommend the following applications for funding: Zacusse Creek, the
Beach Naturalists Program, Lakeshore Salmon Friendly Design Guide, and the Salmon Watchers. The
final 2006 allocation of funds (once the applications that fell into the Discretionary Fund were
categorized by type of application) was 72% ($1,080,600) to Site-specific Projects, and 28% ($404,134)
to Monitoring, Education & Outreach.
The Implementation Committee is recommending the same guidelines for 2007: 2/3 or 67% ($890,000)
for Site-specific; ¼ or 25% ($334,000) for Monitoring, Education & Outreach; and 1/12 or 8%
($111,000) for the Discretionary Fund, out of an estimated KCD total of $1,335,000.
The Salmon Recovery Council unanimously approved allocation guidance for 2007 King
Conservation District project funding.
Approval of February 15 Salmon Recovery Council Meeting Notes
The Salmon Recovery Council unanimously approved the February 15, 2007meeting notes.
Finalize Salmon Recovery Council Operating Guidelines
Jean White reported that the Operating Guidelines have been revised per the decisions at last month’s
Salmon Recovery Council meeting. The purpose statement now reflects the intent of the WRIA 8
Salmon Recovery Council to start with Chinook, but also help other salmon species, and it says the
Council’s efforts are part of the regional salmon recovery efforts for Chinook. The Operating
Guidelines now detail the limitations on voting by non-elected alternates, and the revised/added duties
of the Chair and Vice Chair.
The Salmon Recovery Council unanimously approved the Salmon Recovery Council Operating
Election of WRIA 8 Leadership Positions
Chair and Vice Chair:
Jean Garber announced that Don Davidson is the sole nominee for the Chair position, and Larry Phillips
is the sole nominee for Vice Chair. No other Salmon Recovery Council members have expressed
interest in the positions. Mayor Garber also explained that non-elected Council stakeholders can be
nominees for the Vice Chair, and she asked if any stakeholders are interested. (No stakeholders
indicated an interest.)
Bellevue Councilmember Don Davidson was elected Chair, and King County Councilmember
Larry Phillips was elected Vice Chair of the Salmon Recovery Council.
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Don Davidson thanked the Council, and said he is dedicated to making salmon recovery happen. Larry
Phillips also expressed his appreciation for being selected to the Vice Chair position. Mayor Garber
remarked that we are glad to have both of you.
Jean Garber said she will not be participating on the Management Committee for 2007. The
Management Committee is comprised of elected officials or their designees. 2006 Management
Committee members who are interested in continuing to serve are:
Councilmember Richard Conlin (Seattle)
Councilmember Don Davidson (Bellevue)
Councilmember Dave Gossett (Snohomish County)
Mayor Laure Iddings (Maple Valley)
Councilmember Larry Phillips (King County)
Mayor Garber asked if there were any other elected officials who would like to serve on the
Management Committee. (No one indicated an interest.)
The Management Committee will be comprised of Councilmember Richard Conlin (Seattle),
Councilmember Don Davidson (Bellevue), Councilmember Dave Gossett (Snohomish County),
Mayor Laure Iddings (Maple Valley), and Councilmember Larry Phillips (King County)
Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council:
Councilmember Don Davidson is the current WRIA 8 representative to the Puget Sound Salmon
Recovery Council, and he will continue on in that position.
Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) Round 8 & 2007 Updates for the Three Year Work
Mary Jorgensen announced that SRFB will be setting the 2007 target allocation for the Puget Sound
Region, but at this point we aren’t sure if it will be based on the historical allocation or the Puget Sound
Partnership’s allocation. WRIA 8 received $430,000 in 2006. SRFB project application forms are
available in April, pre-proposals are due and site visits will occur in May, and the Salmon Recovery
Council reviews recommendations in June. Recommended projects are forwarded to Shared
Strategy/SRFB in September, projects are reviewed by the SRFB Review Panel in October, and grant
decisions are made in December.
Mary reported that Shared Strategy has requested the first annual update to the 3-Year Work Plan be
submitted in April, with approval by the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council expected in May. The
WRIA 8 Steering Committee established guiding principles for the 3-Year Work Plan at the April 6,
2006 meeting, which included securing high risk populations, adding actions for North Lake
Washington and Issaquah Creek, responding to Technical Recovery Team and NOAA supplemental,
using “Treatment” results from EDT, and adding adaptive management and monitoring. The 2007
update process involves using EDT-modeled projects and Technical Committee recommendations to
add Issaquah restoration projects, revising the work plan due to changes in feasibility, and flood flows
and impacts that are different spatially, clarifying monitoring (cumulative, direct, and validation
monitoring; improving monitoring and tracking), and revising the narrative to add hatchery and harvest
placeholder sections (we need more input from the co-managers), and updating sequencing and H-
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▪ Cleve Steward commented that the dollar amount in the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Fund is likely
to be the same as last year.
▪ joan burlingame talked about how damaging the November 2006 flood was to Cedar River salmon
and wondered if we need to revisit our conservation strategy and make flood refuge areas like
tributaries a higher priority.
▪ Kirk Lakey commented that there are twenty local watershed leads, and clarified that the deadlines for
H-integration are Shared Strategy’s and not the co-managers’. Chinook are mostly mainstem fish
and do not generally use tributary habitat.
▪ joan burlingame noted that WDFW data show fish use in Rock Creek with appropriate flows.
▪ Larry Phillips said he is concerned about adding projects to the list when we do not have enough
funding for the projects currently on the list. Urban areas keep losing ground on funding. We need to
be sure we are doing the highest priority projects.
▪ Don Davidson explained that with the Puget Sound regional allocation urban watersheds are losing
ground. Puget Sound’s SRFB share is dropping from 60% to 45%, and there is a lack of criteria for a
scientific allocation. WRIA 9 has really been hurt by the Puget Sound regional allocation.
▪ Cleve Steward questioned how we can evaluate project/sponsors more effectively to heighten the
likelihood of funding.
▪ Don Davidson said that we will see the 3-year list at the next meeting. Can correct it if we have
concerns. Asked the WRIA 8 Technical Committee to look into the issue of mainstem flooding and
report back to the Council.
The Salmon Recovery Council unanimously approved the approach for updating the 3-Year
WRIA 8 Role in Kokanee Conservation
David St. John, King County said that County Executive Ron Sims continues to have a strong interest in
Kokanee. Tomorrow is the seven year anniversary of the proposal to list Kokanee under the
Endangered Species Act. He reported that early run Kokanee are extinct, so the Kokanee Technical
Committee’s efforts are now focused on supporting the late run Kokanee. We need to act soon if we are
to save the late run Kokanee.
▪ Don Davidson noted that Kokanee is not in our WRIA 8 work plan. He said key jurisdictions
(Issaquah, Bellevue, Sammamish, King County) should mobilize and secure an agreement to work on
Kokanee conservation together and report back the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council.
▪ Ava Frisinger explained that Issaquah is collaborating with Save Lake Sammamish to do smolt and
fry trapping in Lewis Creek, which is a Kokanee producer. This is something that Issaquah is very
supportive of, and she said we are happy to work with Bellevue and take this out of this Council.
▪ Don Davidson commented that Bellevue has upper Lewis Creek. We need a formal process to address
Kokanee. Later in adaptive management, WRIA 8 may be able to address other species, but need to
focus on Chinook now.
▪ Kirk Lakey reported that WDFW is working on a stock management plan and helping with
monitoring. There is also a KCD project on Zacuse Creek. Habitat is the issue, and WDFW can only
go so far with monitoring and stock management. He said there may be a petition to list late run
▪ Geoff Clayton mentioned that the business coalition supports a strategy focused on Chinook. If we
get into orcas, Steelhead, Kokanee, then they will be competing against each other. Rather than revise
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our plan for those species, we should stay focused on Chinook. Don Davidson said that would save
staff time and trying to get through the process with Chinook.
▪ Frank Urabeck supported keeping the WRIA 8 focus on Chinook and Don Davidson’s proposal to
have the jurisdictions with Kokanee habitat work together and report back to the Council.
Introduce WRIA 8 Budget & Workplan
Jean White provided a heads-up on the upcoming 2008 budget process. She said she assumes we will
stay with the status quo cost share amount of $501,063 plus the $60,000 WDFW Lead Entity Grant for a
total amount of $561,063. In 2006 the Forum chose to direct the balance (after staff/ overhead, and
operations expenditures, which includes $56,000 for a communications consultant) of $59,714 to
monitoring. Questions to consider for this 2008 budget round are: 1) Do we want to continue to fund a
communications consultant? 2) Do we want to fund monitoring?
▪ Janet Way remarked that communications to the public and messaging are very important. $56,000 is
not a lot of money for communications.
Frank Leonetti, WRIA 8 Technical Coordinator, reported that the Technical Committee is working on
an extension of work from 2006, including reviewing the 3-Year Work Plan update, H-Integration with
the co-managers and a WRIA 8 monitoring proposal. The committee is also reviewing a technical
memo from Mobrand, Jones & Stokes giving EDT Model results from analysis of 50 actions from the
WRIA 8 Start List and will be able to report on these results at the May or June WRIA 8 Salmon
Recovery Council meeting.
Jean White reported on the Implementation Committee’s March meeting. The first part of the meeting
focused on Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) updates and lake shore restoration efforts. Jurisdictions
working on their updates were given a summary of WRIA 8 Plan recommendations relating to SMPs.
Several entities working on lakeshore restoration projects. Presentations were given by: University of
Washington (UW) graduate students who are surveying shoreline property owners about alternative
shoreline techniques; NOAA Fisheries wants to restore its Lake Washington shoreline and use it as a
demonstration site; and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is planning a demonstration project on private
property and is also surveying shoreline property owners. This topic will be discussed again by the
Implementation Committee this summer when the UW team and SPU have survey results to share. The
second part of the meeting was more of a working session on how to develop a strategic strategy to
implement the WRIA 8 Plan and how to develop a reporting/tracking mechanism for implementation.
They decided to form a subcommittee to work these topics.
Success Story: Following Juvenile Chinook Salmon Through Lake Washington & Ship
Julie Hall, City of Seattle, explained during her presentation the benefits of the juvenile salmon tracking
information, which is being used to help with Gasworks Park projects, and will help with the
management of the Locks.
The next meeting is May 17, 3:30 to 5:30 pm.