- Next Meeting – September 14th; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST – (Zoom)
- Past LIO Meeting Notes/Summary (June 1st)
- Nisqually River Council July 15th Meeting – the Nisqually River Council will meet next Friday, July 15th, from 9:00am-12:00pm via Zoom. Agenda items include 2022 SRFB/PSAR Habitat Project Ranking, Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study and Atlantis Ecosystem Model for Puget Sound. To register for the meeting click HERE.
- Habitat Stewardship Volunteering Event at CPTC’s Flett Property – Clover Park Technical College Flett Property Habitat Stewardship Project meets monthly to protect oaks from invasive species and restore riparian habitat. Some tools will be available. If you have your own tools (gloves, loppers, shovels, weed wrench), please feel to bring them to ensure there is enough. This month’s event will take place on Saturday July 16 and will meet near Hageness Dr. entrance at Clover Park Tech. College – 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood, WA, 98499. If you have questions please contact, Derek Faust – email@example.com.
- Puget Sound Institute Nutrient Management Workshops – Over the next year, the Puget Sound Institute is sponsoring a series of scientific workshops to help address technical uncertainties and to advance modeling tools to assist decision-making on nutrient management and broader water quality challenges. The first workshop will take place on July 26th from 8-10 AM, to learn more click HERE. To register for the workshops, click HERE.
- South Sound Science Symposium October 20th – Please save October 20, 2022 for the South Sound Science Symposium at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. Please do forward this email to your colleagues. Topics include: regenerative agriculture and carbon markets, sevengill sharks, sunflower sea star, effects of the 2014-2016 (The Blob) heat wave on deep South Sound, South Sound kelp and many more. Event updates and more info can be found on org.
- Strategic Initiative Leads All Boards Webinar on Puget Sound Geographic Funds – The Strategic Initiative Leads (SILs) are hosting an upcoming All Boards Webinar on Thursday July 21st, from 10-11 AM. This is an opportunity to hear the SILs present the FFY21/FFY22 Investment Plan which describes investment priorities for Puget Sound Geographic Funds (NEP funds). Priorities are recommended by Strategic Initiative Advisory Teams comprised of policy, social science, economic and technical experts who represent a diversity of perspectives and expertise in Puget Sound recovery. If interested in participating, please email Andres Sheikh – firstname.lastname@example.org for a calendar invite with upcoming meeting information.
- Salish Sea Biological Opinion on Nearshore Projects – S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA Fisheries collaborated to develop a regulatory tool, a programmatic consultation, to streamline nearshore projects while safeguarding species and will help stop loss of vital salmon habitat. The new tool streamlines ESA consultations by identifying measures that proponents can incorporate into their construction and maintenance projects up front that minimize impacts to species and avoid costly changes later. To learn more click HERE.
- PRWC Volunteering Opportunities – The Puyallup River Watershed Council invites you to share your skills, creativity and talents in making our two signature events this fall a success:
- The annual Puyallup Watershed Salmon Homecoming event will return to the historic Puyallup fish hatchery on Saturday, October 1st from 11am-3pm. There are several opportunities to volunteer during the event including parking, welcome, booth staff, and helping with set up and clean up. This is an outdoor venue. Additionally, PRWC welcomes partner organizations to have informational/educational/activity booths at the event. There is no cost for nonprofits and government agencies, but space is limited. The event itself is free.
- Planning around the annual Puyallup Watershed Symposium, which will take place in early December. If you are interested in joining the planning team, we will work together to recruit speakers, set the agenda, promote the event, and carry out event logistics on the day of. The intention is to offer a hybrid event this year. The event itself will either be a ½ day or all day on a weekday. The PRWC Communications Committee meets once a month for an hour.
- If you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Erik McDonald, PRWC Communication Officer at email@example.com.
- NOAA: Restoring Fish Passage through Barrier Removal Grants – $65 million in funding is available for fish passage through the removal of in-stream barriers in FY2022 under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). In collaboration with NOAA, selected partners will use these funds to implement locally-led removals of dams and other in-stream barriers to rebuild sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery of threatened and endangered species, enhance watershed health, and improve economic vitality. Proposals must be submitted by August 15, 2022 – to learn more visit the application page, click HERE.
- NOAA: Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage through Barrier Removal Grants – $12 million in funding is available to implement fish passage work and build tribal organizational capacity in FY2022 under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). Up to $12 million in funding is available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to implement fish passage work and build tribal organizational capacity. In collaboration with NOAA, selected Indian tribes and tribal commission or consortia partners will use these funds to implement barrier removal efforts that benefit tribally-important migratory fish, and to build tribal organizational capacity to participate in developing current and future fish passage projects. Funding will support fisheries and protected resources, while also enhancing community resilience to climate hazards by removing or improving aging infrastructure. Proposals must be submitted by August 29, 2022 – to learn more and apply please, click HERE.
- NOAA: Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities – $10 million in funding is available for habitat restoration and resilience awards for underserved communities though NOAA’s FY2022 Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity. Through this funding, NOAA will engage underserved communities in habitat restoration activities that promote resilient ecosystems and communities. It will provide capacity for these communities to more fully participate in developing future transformational habitat projects. Proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2022 – to learn more and apply, click HERE.
- NOAA: National Coastal Zone Management Program Grants – The goal of the funding is to protect and restore ecologically significant habitats, including conserving lands that play a critical role in helping communities become more resilient to natural hazards. Approximately $35 million per year in competitive and non-competitive program capacity funds, with competitive projects expected to range in cost from approximately $200,000 up to $6 million per project, depending on project type. Letters of Intent must be submitted by July 29, 2022 – to learn more and apply, click HERE.
- NOAA: Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants – Up to $85 million in funding is available for habitat restoration and coastal resilience through the NOAA FY2022 Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity. This funding will prioritize habitat restoration actions that rebuild productive and sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered species, use natural infrastructure to reduce damage from flooding and storms, promote resilient ecosystems and communities, and yield socioeconomic benefits. Proposals must be submitted by September 6, 2022 – to learn more and apply, click HERE.
- NOAA: Marine Debris Removal Grants – The NOAA Marine Debris Program will award up to $56 million to fund projects that remove marine debris to benefit marine and Great Lakes habitats and communities. This competition focuses on two priorities: removing large marine debris and using proven interception technologies to capture marine debris. Proposals are due September 30, 2022 – to learn more and apply, click HERE.
- Sea Grant (via NOAA): Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Grants – The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $50 million over five years to Sea Grant to support marine debris prevention and removal. The two funding opportunities represent funding for the first two fiscal years of this appropriation (FY 2022 and 2023). Sea Grant’s funding opportunities include:
- Marine Debris Challenge Competition (click for details): Approximately $16,000,000 will be available to support innovative research to application projects that will address the prevention and removal of marine debris. Letters of Intent are due August 9, 2020.
- Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions (click for details): Approximately $3,000,000 will be available to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships to address marine debris prevention and removal. Letters of Intent are due August 16, 2020.
- NOAA: Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition – The Saltonstall-Kennedy Program administers a yearly grant competition which annually funds approximately 40 projects for $10 million that lead to the promotion, development and marketing of U.S. fisheries. NOAA Fisheries seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to the U.S. fishing and marine aquaculture industries and applications which involve:
- Fishing or aquaculture community participation aimed at helping seafood communities to resolve issues that affect their ability to fish or farm
- Making full use of those species that are currently under federal or state fishery management plans
- Addressing the socioeconomic impacts of overfishing and overcapacity
Proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2022 – to learn more and apply, please click HERE.
- Puget Sound Partnership – Salmon Policy Advisor (Exempt)
Puget Sound Partnership is hiring for a Salmon Policy Advisor role who will be working with and advising staff in coordinating implementation of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan and providing support to partners in continued adaptive management. Applications are due July 17, 2022. To see the full position description, click HERE.
- Puget Sound Partnership – Salmon Monitoring Data Steward (Exempt)
Puget Sound Partnership is hiring for a Salmon Monitoring Data Steward role who will lead a coordinated effort to support development, reporting, management, and quality assurance for salmon habitat related metrics at watershed and regional scales. This person will also provide data stewardship support to partners and staff. Applications are due July 24, 2022. To see the full position description, click HERE.