West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER) is the lead entity for salmon recovery in eastern WRIA 15 and the Local Integrating Organization (LIO) for Puget Sound ecosystem recovery for the North Central Action Area.

Mission

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Vision

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Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery

Lead entities are local organizations that develop local salmon habitat recovery strategies and recruit organizations to implement the strategies through habitat protection and restoration projects. Lead entities are funded by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

The West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER) Lead Entity, formerly West Sound Watersheds Council,  was created by Kitsap County in 1999, in agreement with the cities, counties and tribes in east Water Resource Inventory Area 15. WSPER aligns salmon strategies with Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plans, Puget Sound ecosystem recovery plans, and Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery plans. Salmon recovery lead entities assist with salmon recovery at the local level. This leverages local dollars, creates and sustains local jobs and maximizes the public’s investment.

WSPER provides the means through which local and tribal governments with jurisdiction over east Kitsap County and west Pierce County will coordinate and facilitate cooperative natural resource planning, conservation, and restoration activities in collaboration with federal, state and regional efforts.

WSPER is committed to identifying, prioritizing, and implementing actions that result in the conservation and restoration of the Puget Sound ecosystem, recovery of salmon and the protection, improvement and conservation of water resources for people, fish and wildlife.

WSPER Lead Entity includes two Local Integrating Organizations (LIO): WSPER LIO, formerly West Central LIO and the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound LIO. The LIOs coordinate local activities related to the implementation of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.

Local Integration Organization for Puget Sound Ecosystem Recovery

The purpose of the Local Integrating Organization is to:

  • Communicate with the Puget Sound Partnership (a state agency) about the science-based priority actions needed locally to address the “threats and pressures” to ecosystem health, including:
    • urban stormwater
    • shoreline restoration and salmon recovery, and
    • water quality affecting shellfish
  • Determine resources needed across the area for implementation of local recovery projects.
  • Coordinate across multiple forums and organizations to share information and resources.

The West Central LIO addresses ecosystem issues on the east side of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. This area, known as our Action Area, includes nine jurisdictions (counties, cities and tribes) that make up our Executive Committee.

Please use the “contact us” tab if you would like to have your name added to the WSPER email list for meetings and project updates.

Operating Guidelines

Operating Guidelines adopted – 11/05/2020

Where We Work