Thirty Year Perspective of Restoration in Kitsap County

Paul Dorn, the final speaker of the day, is here to give his perspective on doing more than 30 years of restoration work in Kitsap County.

He starts off with a video of coho smolts showing good behavior in a stream near Miller Bay. It was an emphiany for those who live in Miller Bay that fish are thriving there.

It’s really great to see the changes that have occurred on the landscape – the research, the networking, the realization by governments that tribes have rights and those rights affect all of us.

Paul has been a part of 3,000 sets of beach seining has been done for the past few years around Bainbridge Island and Kitsap Peninsula. Over the years, the tribes have released a lot of fish and as the tribe got into opportunities to find other funding sources to do restoration, not surprisingly, projects matched up with what the tribe was doing.

Beach seining has been an important part of the research, as well as outreach to the community - citizens, retired folks, schoolkids have all been a part of the effort to sample the beaches of east Kitsap County. Shiner perch dominate the catch, with forage fish close behind. He keeps his eye on observations and shares that information with other scientists, such as herring population which are important food for salmon.

Examples of work:

In Poulsbo, Liberty Bay, northern anchovy were found after a 100-year absence. Great source of food for fish, especially in the winter. Another project in Poulsbo was Dogfish Creek, replacing the culvert and rock weir with an overtopping dam and bridge in a 10-acre estuary. The fish affected were chinook that were coming from a tribal hatchery. Water quality has returned.

For a 30 year overview, there are many different government actions going on. In the Kitsap area,  Kitsap County Stream and Stormwater, Department of Ecology, City of Poulsbo have all been involved doing good restoration work in the area.

Barker Creek in Silverdale was a SRFB project. Prefabed arch sections were installed to open up the access to acres upstream.

NOAA fisheries had a barrier on Beaver Creek, feeding water to NOAA’s lab, but was removed and replaced with a wider arch culvert.

The tribe’s involved in many different projects such as in Sinclair Inlet and  Chico Creek.The county will be doing Carpenter Creek culvert replacement in 2011.

He ended with a surf smelt video, showing how the tribe, WDFW and USGS are collecting surfsmelt eggs along 30 sites from East Kitsap shorelines, a USGS-funded study. The tribe has asked its fisheries department about surf smelt research. Preliminary research has show so far that the eggs are very localized.