Salmon Recovery Funding Q&A

We recently received a comment on the Blogs and Budgets entry in which Blue Light questioned county funding for salmon recovery.

Here’s what the writer had to say:
This weekend I read an article in which the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office was bemoaning budgetary cuts. And then I came upon this document whereby our county salmon recovery officials are proposing $40 million in recovery projects over the next THREE YEARS for the EAST HALF OF THE KITSAP PENINSULA. According to the document, $25 million is to come from local sources. View the document here.

*****end Blue Light’s comment ***********

As it turns out, environmental reporter Chris Dunagan just wrote on this topic.

Dunagan was out of town when the question/observation came in, so prior to the article’s publication, I asked County Administrator Nancy Buonanno-Grennan if anyone there could provide some insight. Here’s what she had to say:

Chris – I asked staff the answer to your question. Here is their response:

Last year, the US NOAA Fisheries Service requested information on the 50-year Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan from all 14 Puget Sound salmon recovery/watershed planning areas. Two of those watershed planning areas are in Kitsap County.

NOAA specifically requested estimates of the costs to implement all of the salmon recovery programs and projects that were included in the Plan. These actions were to be prioritized into a 3 year list, which was then reviewed and approved (for consistency with the Plan) by federal scientists. This list of actions communicated to the state and federal governments are the estimated total costs of projects that would be needed in order to accomplish the goal of recovering federally-listed species of endangered salmon in the Puget Sound Region. The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) will only fund projects on the 3 year list.

Project cost estimates include what other non-state SRFB funds could be expected if this list were fully funded. Other funds reflect no specific entity but rather a combination of federal, local, volunteer and private, non-profit levels of contribution.

Only a portion of this comprehensive Puget Sound-wide list of projects shows Kitsap County as the project sponsor. Of those, less than five include an estimate of potential County funds that would go towards the total funding needed.

We appreciate the interest and concern regarding plans, programs and projects dedicated to the recovery of our endangered salmon stocks. If there are any questions or if additional information is needed, please contact Patty Charnas, Natural Resources and Environmental Review Manager, Kathy Peters, of Community Development who coordinates work on salmon recovery for West Sound Watersheds or Richard Brocksmith, Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery, Hood Canal Planning Area. The Community Development staff may be reached at 337-7181.

Thanks –

Nancy Buonanno Grennan
County Administrator

5 thoughts on “Salmon Recovery Funding Q&A

  1. Chris, I appreciate your attention to this. But I am curious whether you consider either Mr. Dunagan’s article or Ms. Buonanno Grennan’s response a satisfactory answer to the inquiry. Do you?

  2. Bluelight,
    I’m with you on this one. So what is the county projected cost for salmon recovery? I’ll be waiting patiently with you but I seriously doubt whether we’ll get a black and white answer. More likely it will be “about” or “some”. Definitely we won’t be getting a “don’t know” since the budget has been approved. Trying to find it in the budget will be a job.

  3. Seems to me that the $25M that Blue Light is discussing is “possible project” money, not actual money being currently allocated towards projects under way. It also could be “in kind” donations by people like you or I that volunteer our time on the projects. The whole exercise is a “what if” you got the money exercise.
    Additionally, there may be different “buckets” of funding sources, as capital spending (on infratructure) is often totally separate from operating costs like staff levels.

    The question blue light seems to be asking is:
    If there is a current budget crunch with the police department, how much is, in this next fiscal year, being used for salmon recovery efforts in the county, and could that money be used for staffing levels of police rather than salmon recovery?

    B.L. is that what you were trying to say?

  4. Blue Light and all – Sorry for the delay getting an answer to you. I have had some days off. Blue Light, I think I catch your drift, and I think 8string has paraphrased it pretty well. I will try to get more info and get back to you. Thanks for your patience.

    P.S. We are working on a way to have blogs comments go up immediately, as they do with stories. 8string, my apologies for the delay in posting your comment.

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