How the salmon grant money will be used

Snohomish County should get $4.5 million for salmon recovery for 2008 and 2009, part of $60 million in grant money allocated to help save struggling fish populations across the state.

The money comes from the state-funded Salmon Recovery Board and from direct appropriations from the state Legislature.

Stillaguamish River basin

$634,044: Stillaguamish Tribe for capturing wild chinook on the South Fork Stillaguamish River and breeding them in captivity. Goal is to increase a population that has dropped to 100 to 200 adult chinook returning to spawn each year. The tribe plans to contribute $112,000 in matching funds.

$325,619: Snohomish County for building four “woody debris complexes” on the South Fork Stillaguamish River. That means cabling giant stumps and logs together that will create habitat for salmon to hide under and to find food. The county will contribute $65,000.

$200,000: Snohomish County to figure out how to help chinook salmon recovery on the South Fork Stillaguamish River. The county plans to kick in $50,000.

$100,000: Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force to restore habitat to the South Fork Stillaguamish River by removing knotweed and replanting the area. Matching funds include another $100,000.

$600,000: Cascade Land Conservancy to buy French-Segelsen Ranch on the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The Stillaguamish Tribe is also helping buy the 2,030-acre property. Matching funds include $195,400.

$595,000: Stillaguamish Tribe for placing a series of logjams on the North Fork Stillaguamish River. This will help create large, deep pools of water where fish can rest and hide. The tribe will contribute $105,000.

$340,560: Stillaguamish Tribe to reconnect the Blue Sough remnant stream channel along the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The nearly half-mile long channel is currently cutoff from salmon. The tribe plans to contribute $80,000.

$200,280: Cascade Land Conservancy and Stillaguamish Tribe to buy 19.35 acres of riparian floodplain on the North Fork Stillaguamish River. Matching funds include $45,000 in donated labor and material.

$194,819: Stillaguamish Tribe to remove rocks that have armored the banks of Pilchuck Creek near its confluence with the Stillaguamish River. The works include planting trees and placing stumps and logs in the water.

$97,750: Ducks Unlimited Inc. to remove levees to allow water to return to tidal flats. There will be $17,250 matching funds.

$56,950: Wild Fish Conservancy to look at water rights and low-flow issues on the Stillaguamish River.

Snohomish River basin

$158,913: Tulalip Tribes to design a series of restoration projects that aim to restore 300 acres of floodplains on the Snohomish River estuary. The land currently is not usable by salmon.

$300,000: Snohomish County for designing and getting permits for a salmon habitat restoration project on Smith Island. The plan is to breach levees and fill drainage ditches that will enhance tidal channels and their connection to Union Slough. Log jams and plants will be added. The county will contribute $55,000.

$285,000: Snohomish County to put stumps and logs in the Skykomish River. This will provide places for fish to hide, rest and eat. The county plans to contribute $65,000.

$200,000: Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force for restoring stream-side forests on the Pilchuck River near Lake Stevens. Stumps and logs will be put in the water and cattle will be fenced away. Matching funds include $40,000.

Sauk River (part of the Skagit River basin)

$270,000: Cascade Land Conservancy for purchasing Sauk River Darrington Park, 30 acres that will protect side-channel rearing habitat for spring chinook. Land provides spawning habitat for five salmon species, steelhead and bull trout.

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