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File #: 2015-0365    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/8/2015 In control: Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 11/9/2015
Enactment date: 11/20/2015 Enactment #: 18148
Title: AN ORDINANCE authorizing the executive to enter into interlocal agreements for salmon conservation efforts in the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watershed within Water Resource Inventory Area 7, the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 8, and the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 9.
Sponsors: Larry Phillips, Kathy Lambert, Joe McDermott
Indexes: Cedar River, Duwamish, Interlocal Agreement, Lake Washington, Salmon, Sammamish, City of, Skykomish, City of, Snoqualmie, City of, Watersheds and Reservoirs
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18148.pdf, 2. A. Interlocal Agreement for the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watersheds within Water Resource Inventory Area 7, 3. B. Interlocal Agreement for the Watershed Basins within Water Resource Inventory Area 8, 4. C. Interlocal Agreement for the Green River, and Central Puget Sound Watersheds within the geographic planning area of Water Resource Inventory Area 9, 5. 2015-0365 legislative review form.pdf, 6. A. Interlocal Agreement for the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watersheds within Water Resource Inventory Area 7, 7. B. Interlocal Agreement for the Watershed Basins within Water Resource Inventory Area 8, 8. C. Interlocal Agreement for the Green River, and Central Puget Sound Watersheds within the geographic planning area of Water Resource Inventory Area 9, 9. 2015-0365 fiscal note.xls, 10. 2015-0365 transmittal letter.doc, 11. 2015-0365_SR_WRIAInterlocal_102015.docx, 12. 2015-0365_ATT4_Status-of-Parties.pdf, 13. 2015-0365_ATT2_AmdtS1.docx, 14. 2015-0365_SR_WRIAInterlocal_110315.docx, 15. 2015-0365_Revised_SR_WRIAInterlocal_110315.docx
Staff: Auzins, Erin

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Clerk 11/04/2015

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AN ORDINANCE authorizing the executive to enter into interlocal agreements for salmon conservation efforts in the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watershed within Water Resource Inventory Area 7, the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 8, and the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 9.

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STATEMENT OF FACTS:

1.  In response to the 1999 listing of the Puget Sound Chinook salmon under the federal Endangered Species Act, King County and other affected jurisdictions determined that Water Resource Inventory Area-based ("WRIA") salmon conservation planning was a critical and necessary component of efforts to recover species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act and of salmon recovery overall.

2.  On October 16, 2000, the King County council adopted Motion 11077, authorizing the executive to enter into interlocal agreements between King County and other eligible governmental entities in, respectively, the King County portion of WRIA 7 (Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watershed), WRIA 8 (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed) and WRIA 9 (Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed), for the purpose of cooperatively developing, funding and implementing watershed-based salmon conservation plans, habitat protection and restoration efforts, and other water resource management projects and programs in these watersheds.

3.  Watershed-based salmon conservation plans were developed for each of the watersheds and ratified by parties to the interlocal agreements in each of the respective King County watersheds in 2005 and 2006.  These plans were approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries as chapters in the overall Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan in 2007.

4.  King County and affected jurisdictions and partners have been working together since 2001 to implement watershed-based salmon conservation efforts, and, once adopted, the watershed-based salmon conservation plans through extensions to the original interlocal agreements.  Those interlocal agreements as extended will expire on December 31, 2015.

5.  Much work has been accomplished through the cooperative efforts of partners through the existing interlocal agreements including:

  a.  over four thousand three hundred fifty acres have been protected from development through acquisition or easements;

  b.  over four hundred ninety five acres of riparian acres have been planted with native vegetation;

  c.  over three miles of levees have been removed where they were no longer needed or have been setback to provide improved habitat function and reduce flood risk;

  d.  over one hundred eighty acres of floodplain have been reconnected to provide improved habitat and reduce flood risk;

  e.  over three thousand linear feet of marine shoreline and eight thousand linear feet of lakeshore have been restored;

  f.  high priority programs and outreach projects have been implemented such as the Snoqualmie Water Quality Synthesis Report, the Salmon SEEson program to promote fish viewing opportunities and the beach naturalist program; and

  g.  monitoring has been performed that is necessary for tracking implementation and adaptive management measures under the salmon conservation plans, such as monitoring salmon populations trends, habitat trends and project effectiveness.

6.  Under each of the interlocal agreements, the participating jurisdictions appointed a representative to take part in a watershed forum for that watershed. These include the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council, and the WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum. In each interlocal agreement, King County is designated as the service provider to complete the annual scopes of work agreed upon by the watershed forums.

7.  Recognizing that salmon habitat conservation is a long-term endeavor and that significant priority project and program work remains, the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council, and the WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum have prepared, and are presenting for approval to the appropriate partner legislative bodies, including the King County council, new interlocal agreements to cooperatively conduct and oversee watershed-based salmon conservation plan implementation for  the years 2016 through  2025.

8.  The extraordinary level of interjurisdictional cooperation and productivity achieved through the Snoqualmie Watershed, WRIA 8, and WRIA 9 salmon conservation planning and implementation efforts is expected to continue to be a model for interjurisdictional cooperation under these new interlocal agreements.

                     BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:

                     The King County executive is hereby authorized to enter into interlocal agreements for salmon conservation efforts for the watershed basins within the King County portion of Water Resource Inventory Area 7 (Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish Watershed), the watershed basins within Water Resource Inventory Area 8 (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed), and the watershed basins within

Water Resource Inventory Area 9 (Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed) substantially in the form of Attachments A, B and C to this ordinance.