Pierce County and its salmon recovery partners are committed to the development of a countywide Salmon Recovery Program and Implementation Strategy. Chinook, coho, chum and pink salmon, as well as steelhead, cutthroat and bull trout all call Pierce County’s rivers and streams home. These species must be protected from further future loss.
The below projects are spread across the four Watershed Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs 10, 11, 12 and 15) in Pierce County. These projects, and future planning efforts, demonstrate Pierce County’s commitment to achieving lasting benefits for fish and fish habitat through barrier removal, levee setbacks, feasibility studies and other stream typing efforts grounded in sound science and collaborative action.
Pierce County’s Salmon Recovery Program is made up of many partners including local Tribes, state, federal other local governments and non-profit organizations that are committed to the goals of Salmon Recovery. To hear more about Pierce County’s Salmon Recovery Program, or to learn about how you or your organization can participate in this effort, please contact Sean Goldsmith at [email protected].
Sean Goldsmith Salmon Recovery Planner (253) 798-2398
If you are completely stopping salmon from moving upstream, then you're not going to have salmon.
There are a lot of things that keep salmon from going upstream and we call them by different names - dams, levees, culverts, etc. These barriers can be extremely damaging to fish populations, driving them, in some cases, to near extinction.
Hear Pierce County's Tom Kantz explain the importance of removing fish barriers in the video.