Dungeness River Watershed Restoration

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

The project will protect approximately 181 acres and restore approximately 48 acres of Riparian Protection through perpetual conservation easements and habitat restoration projects in the flood plain of the lower reaches of this highly degraded river. The Dungeness River Area historically produced significant populations of Chinook, coho, pink (2 separate stocks), steelhead, and native cutthroat. Currently, SASSI “critical stocks” Dungeness Chinook and lower river pink salmon are candidates for ESA listing, and several other stocks are considered “at risk.” Three watershed plans, a new habitat restoration plan and many studies have delineated the issues/ problems in the Dungeness that will be addressed by this project. These include nonpoint sources of pollution, water quantity/quality limits, as well as other natural and human caused impacts on salmonid habitat. The areas identified are a high priority for habitat and water quality restoration as addressed in the plans, and have identified, willing landowners. We will use less-than-fee acquisition methods to acquire from willing landowners flood plain and Riparian Protection restoration, enhancement, and protection of critical side-channel habitat and flood-prone areas. Project partners include Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, North Olympic Land Trust, & Clallam Conservation District. An endowment will be established for future stewardship.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: North Olympic Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $379,235.00 Applicant Match: $176,588.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 97-1300

Location Details

Seven separate properties along the Dungeness River and Mattrioti Creek (see maps in project folder)

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.