Willow Creek Salmon and Watershed Education Center

The Willow Creek Salmon and Watershed Education Center (WCSWEC), previously known as the Willow Creek Hatchery, has raised and released salmon for over four decades. Originally run by the Laebugten Chapter of Trout Unlimited, this unique space in the Edmonds community has provided ample opportunities for participating in salmon recovery

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Hancock Springs Restoration

Hancock Springs is a unique, true spring- and ground-water fed channel.  A historic dairy operation existed on the property through the 1950s where unrestricted livestock access severely degraded the spring source, soils and vegetation along the channel.  The stream quickly widened, the formerly-sinuous pool glide-riffle morphology was lost, and the

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Kilisut Harbor Restoration Project

The swath of land between Indian and Marrowstone Islands was historically comprised of tidal channels and salt marsh. Tidal waters exchanged freely between Oak Bay and Kilisut Harbor, flushing cold water, moving sediment, and allowing juvenile salmon to migrate northward from Oak Bay into the shallow, productive waters of Kilisut

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Bull Trout Recovery

In 2019, Mid-Columbia Fisheries’ Bull Trout Task Force removed 217 recreational rock dams spanning an estimated total of nearly one kilometer to help maintain passage to abundant upstream habitat for fall spanwers. The Bull Trout Task Force educated more than 450 river users on Bull Trout protection through informal outreach

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Salmon in School

Salmon in School is an environmental education program based upon raising chinook salmon in classrooms, providing teachers and schools with a unique, hands-on learning opportunity. Each classroom receives a 55-gallon aquarium with associated equipment and 100 spring chinook salmon eggs, allowing the students to observe and learn about the early

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Mashel River Restoration

The Mashel River project originated with a long term vision and watershed restoration plan in the early 2000’s. The project is primarily based on the Nisqually River Chinook recovery planning efforts and outlines priority restoration reaches within the river corridor for large wood placement. The plan later was adapted to

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Juvenile Salmon Survey Monitoring

Restoring aquatic connections to floodplains is an important habitat restoration action for Skagit Chinook salmon.  Specifically these restoration projects are designed to restore connections between the rivers and off channel habitat such as sloughs and side channels in order to provide young salmon with more rearing habitat. Off channel habitat

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Real Learning Real Work Restoration Engineering Program

The Real Learning Real Work Restoration Engineering Program provides teachers with year long educational programming directly targeting state curriculum requirements for STEM. In addition to meeting Washington state learning requirements, the program aims to inspire students to think about further study and careers in natural resources, such as engineering, project

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FLOW Program

The NSEA strives to recover salmon by engaging our community in restoration, education and stewardship. In each of these focus areas the work for salmon recovery is far larger than our small staff and volunteer board could accomplish alone. NSEA’s Future Leaders of Whatcom Waters (FLOW) Program provides internship opportunities

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Bull Trout Protection & Assessment

To protect struggling populations of bull trout in the Yakima Basin, we monitored 47 miles of streams and removed 94 recreational rock dams to maintain passage to spawning areas. The project also educated more than 700 river users about bull trout conservation. Additionally, our team assisted agencies with bull trout

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