Habitat restoration partnerships

Learn how to participate in a habitat restoration partnership with us.

Engage with us

To benefit fish faster, we need a coordinated approach. Partnerships are an important consideration for our Fish Passage Program. We are interested in habitat restoration project partnerships with other public agencies, cities, counties, public and private enhancement groups, tribes, landowners, and others.

  • Engage early and often! Planning far enough ahead may allow projects to access matching fund contributions and coincide with other planned projects. Our current fish passage Delivery Plan can be found on our Project delivery plans page.
  • Contact us before submitting any salmon recovery-related draft grant applications to understand our abilities, requirements, and limitations. Grant applications may include Salmon Recovery Funding Board or Fish Barrier Removal Board grants.
  • If you are interested in contracting with us, view our Contracting Opportunities webpage.
  • If you are interested in a partnership, contact us.

Completed partnership project example

We replaced the State Route Langlois Creek culvert in 2018, improving access to 5.4 miles of upstream habitat to chum, Chinook, steelhead, and trout. We partnered with Wild Fish Conservatory on additional stream habitat restoration upstream and downstream of State Route 203. 

Kilisut Harbor Restoration Project - 2020

Learn about our partnership with over 10 partners that restored historic tidal channels between Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay in Jefferson County along SR 116: SR 116 Kilisut Harbor bridge construction.

Project partners include North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC), with funding from WSDOT, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Navy, NOAA Fisheries, US Federal Highway Administration, Estuary & Salmon Restoration Program, and the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund. Other project partners include: Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Elwha Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Jefferson County, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Partnership, and Washington State Department of Ecology.

An image of the Kilisut Harbor project area prior to construction, which shows a tidal channel without a bridge.

 

An image of the Kilisut Harbor project area after construction, which shows a tidal channel with a river flowing freely beneath a newly-constructed bridge.

Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board

We participate on the Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board, chaired by Washington Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The Board includes members from WSDOT, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO), Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), Association of Washington Cities (AWC), Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC), tribal governments, and the salmon recovery Council of Regions. The policy and grant funding board was created in 2014. The Board is tasked with finding ways to coordinate barrier correction efforts across the state and across ownerships to provide the greatest benefits to salmon and steelhead.

 

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.