PWR LIO Meetings

  • Next Meeting – November 16th; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST – (Zoom)
  • Past Meeting – September 14th (Recording)

Key Presentations/Takeaways (Notes)

  • New LIO Website and Webtool have been developed and are accessible to the public
  • Scoping of a potential Project Tracker capabilities and benefits
  • Collection of projects in the LIO geography dating back since 2012 is ongoing, idea is to assist connecting project sponsors are more competitive in their future grant applications
  • Ecosystem Coordination Board Local Forum will be held in PWR LIO geography on Nov 3rd Topics of discussion include proposed changes to State grant funding models and carbon credits for maintenance.
  • 2023-2025 Coordination Contracts have been submitted to PSP and are awaiting approval

Watershed News/Events

  • Nisqually Watershed Festival – Nisqually River Foundation is hosting the Nisqually Watershed Festival this Saturday, September 24th from 10AM – 4PM at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. We will be celebrating the unique cultural and environmental importance of this beautiful region. The festival will feature the Nisqually Indian Tribe Canoe Family, a Salmon BBQ, hands-on educational science exhibits, arts and crafts, and so much more family friendly fun! For more info click HERE.
  • National Public Lands Day – JBLM is holding an event to celebrate National Public Lands Day this Thursday, September 22nd from 10AM – 3PM. Help JBLM Fish & Wildlife restore critical habitat along a wetland edge at Chambers Lake. Activities include clearing brush and installing nest boxes for rare birds. Professional biologists will provide education about JBLM’s diverse ecosystem. Check out this LINK to learn how you can sign up to participate. All participants will need to fill out a volunteer application online before the day of the event!
  • Puyallup River Watershed Council September Meeting – The Puyallup River Watershed Council invites you to join their next board meeting on Thursday, September 22nd from 3-5pm on Zoom or in person at the Pierce Conservation District office in Puyallup (308 W. Stewart Ave, Puyallup, WA). This promises to be a fun and inspiring meeting! We will get to hear from more of our 2021 watersheds small grants awardees about their projects.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 944 9597 2229

Passcode: 944191

  • Septic System Workshop – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is inviting the public to a free virtual workshop for homeowners on Septic Systems. Join your neighbors and learn more about septic systems, get financial assistance for septic services, learn basic troubleshooting, do’s and don’ts and much MORE! The workshop will take place Monday, Oct 3rd from 6-7pm. To register click HERE.
  • Puget Sound Day on the Sound – We are excited to announce that Rep. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Marilyn Strickland will join us for Puget Sound Day on the Sound on Tuesday, October 4, from 10:00-11:30 at the Nisqually Cultural Center. We will hear from them about their priorities for Puget Sound and salmon recovery and encourage them to keep up the great work! Please register for this in-person event HERE, and submit your questions for the moderated Q&A session, by Tuesday, September 27.
  • Salmon Homecoming Celebration – Join in a free family friendly event Saturday October 1st from 11-3pm at the Puyallup Fish Hatchery (1416 14th St SW, Puyallup WA) for kids activities, food, music and guided tours to Clark Creek. Join to learn about the salmon lifecycle, hatchery operations, and see adult salmon returning to spawn in Clarks Creek. Visit educational booths of local nonprofits to learn, play games, and maybe even become a volunteer at the recently restored Puyallup Historic Hatchery!
  • Workshop on Water Quality and Biological Integrity Tools – Puget Sound Institute is hosting a series of workshops on tools to understand Water Quality and Biological Integrity.
    • Evaluate Water Quality – Learn about tools and new analyses from monitoring and modeling that help us better understand water quality and potential eutrophication impacts. The event will look in particular at increased access to spatial and temporal data, including in terminal inlets and shallow embayments. September 29th from 8-10am. To register click HERE.
    • Biological Integrity of Key Species and Habitats – Presentations by the Baltic Nest Institute will describe how researchers in the Baltic Sea are tackling eutrophication. And a presentation by researchers at the University of Washington will explore regional research to quantify the eutrophication risk to key species and habitats in a multi-stressor environment. Building on these insights, workshop participants will have an opportunity to refine the modeling tools that help us protect key species and habitats in the Salish Sea. October 6th from 8-10:30am. To register click HERE.
  • Salmon Recovery Conference Call for Abstracts – The opportunity to submit abstracts for the 2023 Salmon Recovery Conference on April 18-19 is now open, deadline to submit abstracts is October 5, 2022. For more info and how to submit, please click HERE.
  • Pierce County seeks public input on Comprehensive Plan update – Pierce County is updating the Comprehensive Plan and would like the public’s input on future growth in the county. The public can engage in this important conversation through the project website HERE. The website hosts a survey, a calendar of in-person events, the ability to submit environmental review comments, and other information about the update. The public will have many opportunities during this multi-year project to provide input.
  • Puyallup Watershed Symposium Call for Abstracts – The Puyallup River Watershed Council is excited to announce that we will be hosting the annual Puyallup Watershed Symposium on Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 1pm-5pm. The Puyallup Watershed Symposium is a free event where you can learn about or share information about research, environmental justice, and other work occurring in the Puyallup River watershed (WRIA 10).  This event will take place at the WSU Puyallup Allmendinger Center, and it will also be livestreamed on Zoom. PRWC invites those doing work in the Puyallup River watershed to submit an abstract for an oral presentation (15-20 min) or poster that targets one or more of the focus areas in the Puyallup-White River Ecosystem Recovery Plan. Please submit your abstract online at HERE by October 31, 2022.
  • South Sound Science Symposium (S4) & Call for Abstracts – Registration is open for the October 20, 2022 South Sound Science Symposium at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. Topics will include many interesting topics including regenerative agriculture and carbon markets, effects of the 2014-2016 (The Blob) heat wave on deep South Sound, human health and ecological risk assessment of infiltrated reclaimed water, experimental 6PPPD- Quinone removal at Ohop Creek and much MORE! There is also a call for abstracts HERE. For more info on the event and to register please click HERE.
  • Pierce County Trails Conference – Registration is now open for the 16th annual Pierce County Trails Conference on Thursday, September 29th from 5:00-7:30pm. It marks the return to an in-person event at the Environmental Services Building at Chambers Creek Regional Park. Presentations will include the vision for our regional trail system, the role of WSDOT in realizing this vision, short videos about partner trail organizations and projects over dinner, and a highlight of ForeverGreen’s role in trail advocacy and our legislative agenda entering a session that includes passage of a new biennial budget. To learn more and register click HERE, registration ends Tuesday Sep 27th.

Funding Opportunities

  • Puget Sound Strategic Initiative Leads announce new RFP – Mark your calendars for new funding opportunities to be announced on the Puget Sound National Estuary RFP website! The Habitat, Shellfish, and Stormwater Initiative Leads (SILs) will be opening solicitations for competitive Request for Proposals (RFPs) end September, early October to implement priorities identified in the joint SILs Investment Plan for FFY2021-2022. Read more 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: 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.
  • 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.

Job Announcements

  • Puyallup River Watershed Council – Bookkeeper

The PRWC board is seeking accountant and book keeping services for the following scope of work:

  • Conduct PRWC invoicing, payment and receipt of grant funds
  • File Annual Federal Income Tax returns
  • Accountant will provide quarterly reports to the PRWC Board, to include but not limited to quarterly Profit and Loss, Trail Balance Sheet, account balances, accounts payable and receivable.

For a full description of the position and learn more, click HERE. Applications are open until filled.

  • Department of Fish and Wildlife – Land Use Conservation & Policy (LUCP) Planner

Serve as the LUCP Section’s land use planner responsible for providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions in Puget Sound, along with other HSIL partners, stakeholders, and grantees in support of GMA requirements for comprehensive plan and critical areas ordinance (CAO) updates, and SMA requirements for Shoreline Master Program (SMP) updates. Applications are open until filled. To see the full position description, click HERE.