Coastal Watershed Institute awarded $1,000,000 Federal grant for conservation, restoration and public access along the Elwha River delta shoreline.
On February 2 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that Washington State Department of Ecology and Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) will receive $1,000,000 from the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program. This will fund a significant portion of the Beach Lake Acquisition and Restoration project. Located along the central Strait of Juan de Fuca, The Beach Lake Acquisition and Restoration Project will protect and restore coastal wetlands adjacent to the Elwha River delta and provide new public access along the evolving Elwha nearshore. Rick Phillips, the property owners’ representative has said “we are pleased for this unique property to be conserved for all to enjoy.”
The project is supported by numerous local partners including the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, North Olympic Land Trust, North Peninsula Building Association, Built Green of Clallam County, Surfrider Foundation, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Lighthawk, Ecotrust and North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity for Salmon. Additional project funding has been secured from the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board to fund the ~$2,000,000 project. Funding support for the development of the project was provided in part by the Rose Foundation, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Seattle Foundation, and Hayes Foundation.
Project Manager and Nearshore Biologist Jamie Michel said, “This project will provide great benefit to our local and regional communities by; creating a much needed shoreline access point to observe the rapidly changing Elwha River delta, improving water quality and improving habitat essential for salmon, birds and the species they depend upon. The project allows sediments arriving to the nearshore from the dam removal to be naturally deposited to restore beaches.” CWI Executive Director and Lead Scientist, Anne Shaffer said, “Many of us have worked for almost a quarter of a century to understand and promote the nearshore restoration associated with the Elwha dam removals. We know that the nearshore is central to the success of the watershed ecosystem. So it’s very exciting to take this first step to achieve sorely needed restoration and public access to this new public resource”
Although the project will ultimately provide public shoreline access to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the property is still privately held and project sponsors ask the public to respect private property until the site is available for public use. CWI will offer two guided public onsite tours of the project site in the spring of 2016.
Project shoreline in 2016 (Photo: Jamie Michel) Project shoreline in 1950 (Photo: U.S. National Archives)
For additional information contact: Anne Shaffer at email@example.com or Jamie Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/index.html
Information on the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants awarded in the State of Washington are located here: http://ecologywa.blogspot.com/2016/02/500-acres-of-our-wetlands-conserved.html
THE EVOLVING ELWHA NEARSHORE
Saturday 21 February 2015
11:00 am-12:00 Landing Mall, 115 E. RailRoad Avenue, Port Angeles, WA Rm 205
Presentations on: Elwha Nearshore and Beach Restoration Opportunities, Fish and Birds of the Elwha Nearshore, and Details of Upcoming Surveys
1:00pm-4:00pm Place Road Beach/West Elwha River Mouth Interpretive Walking Tour, Place Rd Beach Access (Please Carpool)
Join Coastal Watershed Institute and Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society for a Field Discussion of Exciting Changes in Habitats affecting Fish and Bird Use of the Elwha River Estuary
The Coastal Watershed Institute and partners are pleased to present a free one day public forum and field trip to learn about exciting changes occurring and changes for the Elwha Shoreline.These events are the public forums of the ninth annual meeting of the Elwha Nearshore Consortium, a group of citizens, scientists, and managers dedicated to promoting and understanding the nearshore restoration associated with the Elwha River dam removals. Contact: Jamie Michel, email@example.com, 206. 282.3025.
In addition, on Friday 20 February 2015 there will be a technical forum for scientists and managers actively involved in the Elwha nearshore, and the Elwha shoreline residents, including citizens from the City of Port Angeles. For details on the Friday technical forum contact Anne Shaffer, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Elwha Nearshore Consortium is gratefully coordinated by the Coastal Watershed Institute. Support for the ENC is provided by Olympic Peninsula Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, University of Washington, Patagonia, Rose Foundation/ Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Hayes Family Foundation, University of Victoria, Peninsula College, and Western Washington University and private donations.
'Living on the Edge' Dungeness Bluffs Landowner Community Workshop
27 January 2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Dungeness Schoolhouse 2781 Towne Road, Sequim
CWI and collaborators, including Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources and Ecology, North Olympic Land Trust, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe are working together to define the best community stewardship and long term management actions to protect the Dungeness feeder bluffs. This latest workshop continues our long term dialogue between scientists, managers, bluff landowners and the Clallam County community on next steps for all of us to the benefit of our community and the environment.
This workshop will provide an update to our ongoing and long term work to understand and promote wise stewardship of this important region of the nearshore. Some specifics:
CWI will provide an overview of the function of these features;
Washington Department of Natural Resources will present findings long term bluff erosion study just published.
Clallam County will provide an update on the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), and;
We will have community discussion on effective management tools for high feeder bluffs, including protection grants and the development of a funding pool for distressed landowners.
Staff from the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge will provide details on their upcoming anniversary celebration in May.
Elwha and DamNation Rivers Free Film Event
24 & 25 Sept 2014. 7pm.
Cinecenta Theater, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
3800 Finnerty Road University of Victoria
Dams installed along iconic river systems over the last century are a stunning legacy of ‘manifest destiny’ that have severely deformed many once pristine ecosystems, cultures, and livelihoods throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The largest dam removal project in North America is just being completed on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington state. The Elwha project is the sentinel of change and heralding a new era of dam removal environmentalism sweeping across the United States -after almost 25 years of planning. Is Canada next?
Join us for a two evening film event celebrating bold changes in our over dammed world. Together these two stunning and award winning films visually impart how, if we are strong, unrelenting, and work together at the local, national, and now international scale, we might just be able to not only understand the scientific and ecological legacy of the past, but begin (at a meaningful scale) to undo stunning environmental harm, and possibly MOST importantly, protect our vanishing intact ecosystems for the future.
Tickets are $10 a showing at the door.
Co-sponsored by CWI, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Surfrider Vancouver Island, Patagonia, University of Victoria, and Ocean Students Society.
Return of the River offers a story of hope and possibility. It features an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration.
Fundamentally, the Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them.
DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
A Few Past CWI Events..
Living on the Edge: Bluff Management Practices for Homeowners
Wednesday October 30th, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm at the Historical Dungeness Schoolhouse,
2781 Towne Road, Sequim
The Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) and partners invite the community to a bluff management workshop the evening of October 30th at the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
This workshop will focus on management actions for bluff property land owners
Clallam County will provide an update to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), and Elliott Menashe from Greenbelt Consulting (www.greenbeltconsulting.com) will provide information on how bluff-shoreline landowners can reduce surface soil erosion and improve upland slope stability by improving their management practices, including retaining and promoting native bluff vegetation, and appropriate storm water management.
CWI and partners, including Clallam County, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Ecology, Earth Economics, and the Surfrider Foundation, are working together to protect bluff erosion processes and ecosystem services of the nearshore by defining the best community stewardship and wise long term management actions.
The October 30th workshop will be the second in a three workshop series provided for the benefit of our community and the environment. We hope you will join us!
The workshop is free but space is limited, so registration is required. For more information and to register, contact: Nicole Harris, 360-460-5092, Nicole.email@example.com.
Funding for this work is provided by EPA, WDFW, Surfrider Foundation, Patagonia, and the Coastal Watershed Institute.
Dungeness Bluffs Nearshore Community Workshop
Monday August 5, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) and partners invite the community to a Dungeness nearshore workshop on the evening of Monday August 5th, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
This workshop will focus on understanding and protecting the habitat forming processes of the Dungeness system and the important linkages of our shorelines, including linkages to the nearshore of inland marine waters of the Salish Sea.
CWI and partners, including Clallam County, Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, and Ecology, Earth Economics, and the Surfrider
Foundation, are working together to better understand ecosystem services provided by the nearshore.
Landowners are the stewards of this critical zone of our shoreline. Our goal is to promote a better understanding of bluff erosion processes, define best stewardship actions, and promote wise long term management for the benefit of our community and environment. We hope you will join us!
The workshop is free but space is limited. Please contact Nicole Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-460-5092, for more information, and to register.
MAPPING A TECTONIC PLATE COLLISION: Rocks and Rain in the Olympic Backcountry 4 & 5 May 2013 presentations in Port Townsend and Port Angeles by Dr. Rowland Tabor, USGS—Menlo Park, CA (retired).
Along the west coast of North America, from Mexico to southern Canada, are mountain ranges of diverse character collectively called the Coast Ranges. The Olympic Mountains, at the extreme northwest corner of the conterminous United States, are a unique part of these ranges. Even though they are closely related in rock composition to the Coast Ranges of Oregon, they are separated from them by the broad lowland of the Chehalis River and are considerably higher and more rugged. They have some scenery in common with the Insular Ranges of Vancouver Island in Canada but are geologically quite different. To learn more about the geology of the region, or to take a virtual field trip, go to http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/olym/index.html
Dr. Rowland W. Tabor, a leading scientist of the region and author of the seminal publication Geology of Olympic National Park, will present his personal experiences mapping in the Olympics, a detailed outline of their geology, the development of geologic ideas, and briefly mention of some new work by others.
The Saturday May 4th lecture at 4 pm in Port Townsend is sponsored by the Jefferson Land Trust Geology Group and will be held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue. For more information, contact Michael Machette 531-2441 or visit www.quimpergeology.org
The Sunday, May 5th presentation in Port Angeles will be at 4 pm in room M125 at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen. This event is co-sponsored by the Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) and Peninsula College. For more information, contact Nicole Harris, CWI, email@example.com, or Barb Blackie, Peninsula College, BBlackie@pencol.edu. The talks are free and open to the public, but a donation of $5 would be appreciated to defray expenses.
8th Annual Elwha Nearshore Consortium Meetings
No host social hour on 26 February 2013 (6:30-8:00 Featuring John Gussman's 'Elwha Unplugged') at the BarHop Brewery 124 W. Railroad Ave.
Workshop 27 February 2013 Peninsula College. Technical presentations/discussions during the morning, management discussions during the afternoon, and an evening presentation by Dr. Andrea Ogston, Oceanography professor at the University of Washington presents highlights of the recent nearshore restoration response to dam removals-a long overdue event! Contact Anne for details.
4December 2012 Elwha nearshore. Photo by Tom Roorda.
Paleo-tsunamis, Birds, and Fish: Nearshore Salt Creek.
26-27 October 2012. An evening forum at the Joyce Grange (50870 Hwy 112, Port Angeles) and Saturday morning field trip at Salt Creek County Park (western beach access -along Salt Creek-parking lot). There is a great synopsis of Sarah Sterlings paleo-tsunami presentation on NPR's morning edition by Tom Banse see: http://www2.kuow.org/northwestnews.php?storyID=163506486
In the spring of 2012, a team from Portland State and Simon Fraser Universities collected geologic core samples from Salt Creek Marsh to determine the presence and extent of tsunami inundation and seismic subsidence at this location along the coast of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This work was part of a larger study designed to understand the mechanisms and impacts of paleo-tsunamis along the northern Washington Coast. This region of the Olympic Peninsula is also one of the most productive areas for birds and fish. In this series of presentations we celebrate this valuable corner of Washington state.
COMMUNITY NEARSHORE WORKSHOP: ELWHA RESTORATION and the CITY OF PORT ANGELES SHORELINE: ARE THEY LINKED?
September 27, 2012 6:30 pm
The Landing Mall Conference Room
Port Angeles WA 982362
Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) and partners are collaborating with the City of Port Angeles to present a community workshop, September 27, 6:30 pm at The Landing Mall conference room to discuss the functional linkages of the Elwha dam removal to our nearshore, bluff and beach processes, and reoccurring management issues of the City of Port Angeles, including the landfill shoreline. The meeting is part of an ongoing effort to promote dialogue and understanding on wise long term stewardship of our critical nearshore resources.
This will be the first of a series of CWI led community workshops with partners, including Clallam county, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Ecology, Earth Economics and Washington Sea Grant . Together we are working to understand the nearshore environment through new data on high precision bluff erosion and quantifying economic values of ecosystem services. The work includes significant public outreach with landowners and the general public to increase public and landowner understanding of bluff erosion processes and ecologically sound management options, and inform the SMP update process.
Contact Nichole Harris at nichole.harris@coastalwatershedinstitute, or Anne Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360.461.0799, for information
POTENTIAL NEGATIVE ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF OPEN NET PEN SALMON AQUACULTURE: LESSONS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA
Lawrence M Dill, PhD
Evolutionary & Behavioral Ecology and Earth2Ocean Research Groups of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada presented:
When: Tuesday August 14th 2012 6:30 PM
Where: Landing Mall, Port Angeles
The discussion included:
• The impacts that salmon farms can have on wild salmon stocks
• Recent research on sea lice and other pathogens.
• How the iconic Fraser River sockeye salmon have been put at risk by salmon aquaculture.
• Degradation of the bottom communities below the farms.
• Pollution, by-catch of other fish species, escapes, and inadvertent or intentional reduction of marine mammal populations.
• New potential open pen aquaculture projects near Port Angeles.
Event sponsored by the Coastal Watershed Institute, Wild Salmon Center, Sierra Club Activist Network, and Olympic Peninsula Chapter Surfrider Foundation.
TWINS NEARSHORE COMMUNITY and ELECTED OFFICIAL TOUR AND MEETING
When:19 September 2012 with the community meeting at the at 5:00 PM.
Where: Joyce Grange
Clallam Tsunami Debris Community Action Workshops, May 2012. Three day workshop hosted and sponsored by Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Clallam Marine Resources Committee. Report available, wiill be posted soon. Until then see Anne for details.
When Will Tsunami Debris Arrive in America?
A presentation by Dr. Curt Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham
13 December 2011, 6:30 pm M Building Lecture Hall, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington
On 11 March 2011, a devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resultant tsunami struck northern Japan. Tons of debris washed to sea. Large quantities of the floating plastics will persist for decades as it orbits the oceanic gyres, and the highest concentrations are expected to wash up along beaches of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia-but when? And what?
Curt Ebbesmeyer, an expert on oceanographic processes who has turned beach combing into a science, will present an overview of what marine debris can tell us and an update his work on this fascinating element of a world spanning natural disaster.
This presentation is co-sponsored by Coastal Watershed Institute, Peninsula College, the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, and the Clallam Marine Resources Committee. A five dollar donation at the door requested (students are free with a valid, current student id card). Admission proceeds to benefit the CWI collaborative nearshore internship program, and the Beachcombers’ Alert. Also, Port Book and News will offer books for sale at the presentation.
Contact Anne Shaffer, 360.461.0799, email@example.com for more information.