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Washington Revised Code Title 77. Fish and Wildlife § 77.85.230. Intertidal salmon enhancement plan--Elements--Initial and final plan

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(1) In consultation with the appropriate task force formed under RCW 77.85.220, the conservation commission may contract with universities, private consultants, nonprofit groups, or other entities to assist it in developing a plan incorporating the following elements:

(a) An inventory of existing tide gates located on streams in the county.  The inventory shall include location, age, type, and maintenance history of the tide gates and other factors as determined by the appropriate task force in consultation with the county and diking and drainage districts;

(b) An assessment of the role of tide gates located on streams in the county;  the role of intertidal fish habitat for various life stages of salmon;  the quantity and characterization of intertidal fish habitat currently accessible to fish;  the quantity and characterization of the present intertidal fish habitat created at the time the dikes and outlets were constructed;  the quantity of potential intertidal fish habitat on public lands and alternatives to enhance this habitat;  the effects of saltwater intrusion on agricultural land, including the effects of backfeeding of salt water through the underground drainage system;  the role of tide gates in drainage systems, including relieving excess water from saturated soil and providing reservoir functions between tides;  the effect of saturated soils on production of crops;  the characteristics of properly functioning intertidal fish habitat;  a map of agricultural lands designated by the county as having long-term commercial significance and the effect of that designation;  and the economic impacts to existing land uses for various alternatives for tide gate alteration;  and

(c) A long-term plan for intertidal salmon habitat enhancement to meet the goals of salmon recovery and protection of agricultural lands.  The proposal shall consider all other means to achieve salmon recovery without converting farmland.  The proposal shall include methods to increase fish passage and otherwise enhance intertidal habitat on public lands pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, voluntary methods to increase fish passage on private lands, a priority list of intertidal salmon enhancement projects, and recommendations for funding of high priority projects.  The task force also may propose pilot projects that will be designed to test and measure the success of various proposed strategies.

(2) In conjunction with other public landowners and the appropriate task force formed under RCW 77.85.220, the department shall develop an initial salmon intertidal habitat enhancement plan for public lands in the county.  The initial plan shall include a list of public properties in the intertidal zone that could be enhanced for salmon, a description of how those properties could be altered to support salmon, a description of costs and sources of funds to enhance the property, and a strategy and schedule for prioritizing the enhancement of public lands for intertidal salmon habitat.  This initial plan shall be submitted to the appropriate task force at least six months before the deadline established in subsection (3) of this section.

(3) The final intertidal salmon enhancement plan shall be completed within two years from the date the task force is formed under RCW 77.85.220 and funding has been secured.  A final plan shall be submitted by the appropriate task force to the lead entity for the geographic area established under this chapter.

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