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                         SENATE BILL 5245



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Jacobsen, Oke, Spanel, Swecker, Gardner, McAuliffe and Regala; by request of Salmon Recovery Funding Board


Read first time 01/17/2001.  Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines.

Allowing state agencies to sponsor salmon recovery projects.

    AN ACT Relating to entities eligible to be project sponsors for salmon recovery funding board grants; and amending RCW 77.85.010.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 77.85.010 and 2000 c 107 s 92 are each amended to read as follows:

    The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

    (1) "Adaptive management" means reliance on scientific methods to test the results of actions taken so that the management and related policy can be changed promptly and appropriately.

    (2) "Critical pathways methodology" means a project scheduling and management process for examining interactions between habitat projects and salmonid species, prioritizing habitat projects, and assuring positive benefits from habitat projects.

    (3) "Habitat project list" is the list of projects resulting from the critical pathways methodology under RCW 77.85.060(2).  Each project on the list must have a written agreement from the landowner on whose land the project will be implemented.  Projects include habitat restoration projects, habitat protection projects, habitat projects that improve water quality, habitat projects that protect water quality, habitat-related mitigation projects, and habitat project maintenance and monitoring activities.

    (4) "Habitat work schedule" means those projects from the habitat project list that will be implemented during the current funding cycle.  The schedule shall also include a list of the entities and individuals implementing projects, the start date, duration, estimated date of completion, estimated cost, and funding sources for the projects.

    (5) "Limiting factors" means conditions that limit the ability of habitat to fully sustain populations of salmon.  These factors are primarily fish passage barriers and degraded estuarine areas, riparian corridors, stream channels, and wetlands.

    (6) "Project sponsor" is a county, city, special district, tribal government, state agency, a combination of such governments through interlocal or interagency agreements ((provided under chapter 39.34 RCW)), a nonprofit organization, or one or more private citizens.

    (7) "Salmon" includes all species of the family Salmonidae which are capable of self-sustaining, natural production.

    (8) "Salmon recovery plan" means a state plan developed in response to a proposed or actual listing under the federal endangered species act that addresses limiting factors including, but not limited to harvest, hatchery, hydropower, habitat, and other factors of decline.

    (9) "Tribe" or "tribes" means federally recognized Indian tribes.

    (10) "WRIA" means a water resource inventory area established in chapter 173-500 WAC as it existed on January 1, 1997.

    (11) "Owner" means the person holding title to the land or the person under contract with the owner to lease or manage the legal owner's property.


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