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. Formerly known as West Sound Watersheds Council (WSWC), the Lead Entity was created by Kitsap County in 1999, in agreement with the cities, counties and tribes in east Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 15 noted in green on the map shown on the right.
The Lead Entity administers a local process to identify salmon habitat restoration and acquisition projects and activities that support salmon recovery efforts critical to implementing salmon recovery plans. As a Lead Entity, West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery convenes a citizens committee as described in Revised Code of Washington 77.85.050 and Washington Administrative Code 420-08-020; to provide a citizen-based and technically sound evaluation of projects proposed to promote salmon habitat protection and restoration. WSPER serves as the coordinating body for implementation of the East Kitsap chapter of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan and the East Kitsap Steelhead Recovery Chapter of the Puget Sound Steelhead Recovery Plan.
The West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER) Lead Entity provides the means through which local and tribal governments in east WRIA 15 coordinate and facilitate cooperative natural resource planning, conservation, and restoration activities in collaboration with regional efforts.
The Council is committed to identifying, prioritizing, and implementing actions that result in the conservation and recovery of the Puget Sound ecosystem, recovery of salmon and the protection, improvement and conservation of water resources for people, fish and wildlife.
The WSPER works closely with the West Central Local Integrating Organization (LIO) and the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound. The LIOs coordinate local activities related to the implementation of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.
The Salmon Recovery Portal system is the mapping and project tracking tool that allows Lead Entities to share habitat protection and restoration projects with funders and the public. The Salmon Recovery Portal helps Lead Entities relate proposed, current and past project achievements to salmon recovery goals.