Resource ChallengePuget Sound is nourished by waters from 10,000 streams, 11 major rivers, and tidal surges along 2,500 miles of shoreline. The Sound supports thousands of species, including the world’s largest clams and octopi, six-gilled sharks, Chinook salmon, and orca whales. Fish and wildlife-related industries bring millions of dollars into the economy.
The Puget Sound basin drains 15,000 square miles, inhabited by a human population expected to grow to 5 million by 2020. Despite its status as an "Estuary of National Significance," the Sound continues to be degraded by development pressure.
PSAWR was authorized after regional stakeholders sought US Army Corps of Engineers assistance from Congress. It focuses on restoring Puget Sound and its adjacent waters, including fresh water that drains directly into the Sound, the Strait of Rosario, Admiralty Inlet, Hood Canal, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Examples of Key Partners
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Puget Sound salmon groups, Hood Canal Coordinating Council, Northwest Straits Commission, Washington State Governor, Washington Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Puget Sound cities and counties watershed planning councils, and Northwest tribes.
Results and AccomplishmentsPSAWR partners bring a wealth of skills to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expertise on aquatic restoration projects. The Corps consults with stakeholders on priority needs, selects projects based on regional priorities and independent review, and relies on combined science, planning, and partner expertise to complete projects. The program emphasizes projects that will generate immediate, critically needed restoration.
• Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Project: The Corps and City of Burien removed a 1,400-foot rock gabion seawall, added sand and gravel, and re-graded the shoreline. Eelgrass beds offshore should expand and provide a nursery for juvenile fish.
• Derelict Gear and Vessel Removal: Navy dive instructors learn techniques to safely remove tangled underwater fi shing nets. Once trained, Navy divers, the Corps, and other partners will remove derelict gear from Puget Sound.
• Skokomish Estuary Restoration and Lake Washington Beach Restoration are currently underway.
• In May, the Corps and Governor’s Action Team held stakeholder workshops to develop priorities for PSAWR restoration projects. More than 150 federal, state, county, city, Tribal, and non- governmental organizations attended.