Whiteman Cove Estuary Restoration - Design
#13-1142 #13-1142
 Case Inlet East Case Inlet, Key Peninsula Whiteman Cove Estuary Restoration - Design
Organization West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery
Sponsor South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 8/22/2013 End Date: 5/3/2016
Category Category: Planning
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So. Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and project partners (WA Dept of Natural Resources, Squaxin Tribe, WA State Parks, and YMCA) completed an alternative analysis and conceptual designs for restoration of Whiteman Cove, a historical barrier embayment located south of Joemma Beach State Park, in Case inlet on Key Peninsula. Originally a long barrier spit framed the embayment; tidal flow was connected via a large outlet channel on the north end. Now a sheet pile and log revetment impound the historic channel, and tidal flow is controlled by two tide gates which breach the barrier spit forming a dike. Aside from these structures, and a bulkhead to the south of the spit, habitat within the Cove remains largely intact. Topographic and bathymetric surveys were completed to develop a HEC-RAS hydraulic model and inform a suite of restoration/enhancement actions to restore fish passage, improve tidal flow and sediment transport, improve forage fish spawning habitat, and increase/enhance salt marsh vegetation within the Cove. The Department of Natural Resources contributed cash match to the project to support water quality testing, additional hydraulic modeling, and a technical memo addressing coastal processes and sediment transport dynamics to estimate how the site will respond to a full-scale ecological restoration. Given the implications a Permanent Injunction against the State or Washington in United States of America et al. v. State of Washington et al., Western District of Washington Case No. C70-9213, Subproceeding 01-01 has on the future movement of this project, a public meeting and extensive public outreach was not able to be accomplished within the timeframe of this grant agreement. Instead, grant funds were used to complete a data driven analysis of the site which could be utilized by stakeholders in future project negotiations. Removal of a few stressors at Whiteman Cove would provide salmonid access to a 29 acre pocket estuary w/ 1.5 mi of shoreline and 1 mi of freshwater spawning and rearing habitat. Identified as a WRIA 15 priority for nearshore restoration in a report prepared by the SPSSEG (RCO 06-2271), it was also targeted as # 1 of 6 near-term restoration projects, and a high level feasibility study was performed (Anchor QEA, 2010, Att 5).
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TypeDateFunding OrgFunding ProgramMatchAmount
Requested07/11/2013Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)Puget Sound Acq. & Restoration$72,000.00
Allocated05/03/2016South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG)Match$12,046.15
Allocated05/03/2016Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)Puget Sound Acq. & Restoration$68,025.32
Spent05/03/2016South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG)Match-$12,046.15
Spent05/03/2016Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)Puget Sound Acq. & Restoration-$68,025.32
Grant Project Agreement Totals Proposed Requested Allocated Spent Balance
$72,000.00 $72,000.00 $80,071.47 $80,071.47 $0.00
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Chinook-Pop (ESU):Chinook-Puget Sound, Threatened
Chum-Pop (ESU):Chum-Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia, Not Warranted
City Areas:Longbranch
Coho-Pop (ESU):Coho-Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia, Species of Concern
HUC12:Key Peninsula-Frontal Case Inlet (171100190610)
HUC8:Puget Sound (17110019)
Lead Entity Area:West Sound
Legislative District:26
Pink-Pop (ESU):Pink-Odd Year, Not Warranted
Puget Sound Action Areas:South Puget Sound
Salmon Recovery Regions:Puget Sound
Steelhead-Pop (ESU):Steelhead-Puget Sound, South Puget Sound Tributaries, Threatened
Watershed Administrative Unit:Key Peninsula
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