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NOAA Restoration Center has approximately 9 staff in the Puget Sound area working under the Community-based Restoration Program (CRP), and the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP).
- The Restoration Center is a division in the National Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), which includes Habitat Protection and a Chesapeake Bay office.
- Funding comes through a Habitat Conservation line item in the NOAA budget.
- Ongoing authorities used by the division include The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, The Endangered Species Act,The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and for Natural Resource Damage Assessment, The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the Oil Pollution Act
Regional Cooperative Agreements
The Restoration Center operates in part through cooperative agreements, which support project implementation and development of more effective and efficient restoration systems.
Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program Agreement
This agreement with WDFW led to development of the ESRP program, including its learning project work. It pioneered the combination of multiple state and federal funding sources into RCO contracts to reduce administrative costs. The following efforts were supported:
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Puget Sound Partnership Agreement
This agreement pioneered a process of using existing regional salmon recovery project development as a mechanism for distributing Restoration Center funds to reduce administrative costs while advancing hydrologic reconnection projects with multiple benefits in target watersheds. The following efforts were supported:
- Skagit Climate Science Consortium - funding was provided for a Whidbey Basin Science Symposium
- Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy - an effort to identify projects with multiple benefits for fish, flood management, and farms.
- Smith Island Restoration - for a large dike removal in the Snohomish Delta
- Skokomish Delta Restoration - for the last tidal flow restoration in the Skokomish Delta
- Remlinger Farm Restoration - for design of channel enhancements that protect farmland and benefit fish in the Lower Skykomish Floodplain.
- Fir Island Farm Restoration - for design of a large dike setback in the Skagit Delta
- Lower Canyon Creek Restoration - for construction of an alluvial fan levee setback in the North Fork Nooksack Floodplain
- Graysmarsh Restoration - for conceptual planning in the Eastern Dungeness Delta
- Jim Creek Channel Enhancement - for construction of engineered log jams in the Stillaguamish Watershed
The Nature Conservancy Agreement
This agreement advanced projects and the technical basis for large-scale multiple-benefit floodplain reconnection work following the Floodplains by Design initiative in Puget Sound.
The restoration center has been staffing Coordinated Investment planning as a continuation of administrative streamlining and multiple benefit project development in Puget Sound.
Natural Resource Damage Assessment