Grants Database

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Project Title:
Commencement Bay Initiative: Restoration of Puyallup Tribe’s Squally Beach and Yowkwala Sites
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2020
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Central Sound; Commencement Bay project location maps_EarthCorps.pdf ; Commencement Bay and the Puyallup Watershed, specifically the Puyallup Tribe sites of Yowkwala and Squally Beach that are part of the Commencement Bay Stewardship Collaborative (maps of both sites are uploaded here, along with a CBSC overview map)
Project Description:

EarthCorps is a core partner of an innovative experiment in community-based restoration taking place in the coastal area and surrounding watersheds of Commencement Bay.

In the Tacoma region, Commencement Bay has been transformed from one of the most polluted spots in the country to a national model for recovery, where restored habitats support critical populations of birds and fish alongside once heavily-polluted industrial areas.

The Commencement Bay Trustees include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Natural Resources. Since 1998, they have worked to restore over 300 acres of habitat throughout the Puyallup River Watershed.

The Trustees developed the Commencement Bay Stewardship Collaborative (CBSC) to ensure that the habitat they created and the salmon and birds that depend on these habitats can grow and thrive. In 2014, the Trustees entrusted the ongoing Commencement Bay stewardship of 15 individual sites to EarthCorps.

Rose Foundation’s investment will leverage funding from CBSC and allow EarthCorps to expand restoration efforts at two Puyallup Tribe CBSC sites. Due to the structure of the consent decree and funding limitations, comprehensive restoration at these two sites has not been possible to date. Your funds would allow us to activate upland forest restoration that links to the Yowkwala site’s backshore where we have focused restoration over the past six years. At Squally Beach, your support would allow us to control aggressive weeds on adjacent lands that threaten to set back current restoration efforts.

Ultimately, your investment would activate and link restoration on a fuller expanse of the Puyallup Tribe’s CBSC lands, ensuring these sites can safeguard water quality and healthy habitat for salmon and other marine wildlife for years to come.