Restoring & conserving a healthy Stillaguamish River Watershed

Funding Opportunities

Learn about Stillaguamish Watershed salmon recovery grant opportunities.

Salmon Recovery Plan

Chinook-focused plan that guides our recovery efforts.

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Upcoming Stillaguamish Watershed Council & Technical Advisory Group meetings

Our Mission

Maintain a healthy, functioning Stillaguamish Watershed by providing a local forum in which agencies, organizations, communities, and the public can engage in a collaborative watershedbased process of decision making and coordination.

 Our Mission

Maintain a healthy, functioning Stillaguamish Watershed by providing a local forum in which agencies, organizations, communities, and the public can engage in a collaborative watershedbased process of decision making and coordination.

Our Impact

We take a grassroots approach to helping endangered Chinook salmon. We focus on ecosystem recovery efforts and recommend projects that can improve salmon habitat. We look to the future of the watershed, producing work plans, outlining future projects and needs, and managing grant programs, while also looking back and taking stock of the successes and challenges of the previous year.

The power of watershed councils

We provide a forum for stakeholders to consider and act upon issues affecting the health and sustainability of the Stillaguamish Valley’s natural resources, with a focus on salmon recovery through habitat restoration and conservation. The SWC is the official council from salmon recovery in the Stillaguamish watershed and the Lead Integrating Organization implementation committee. SWC members are committee to identifying, prioritizing, implementing, and measuring targeted actions to provide the greatest benefits for future generations. Over time relationships have been built between members help us navigate tough conversations in a non-threatening environment, leading to actionable decisions.   

The importance of the Stillaguamish Watershed

The Stillaguamish Watershed is the fifth largest tributary to Puget Sound. It drains 700 square miles within Snohomish and Skagit Counties and includes more than 3,112 miles of river, stream and marine shore habitat. Elevations in the watershed range from sea level to 6,854 feet on Three Fingers Mountain. The North Fork Stillaguamish and South Fork Stillaguamish join together to form the Mainstem Stillaguamish River which flows into Port Susan and South Skagit Bay near the city of Stanwood. Stillaguamish Chinook salmon can limit fisheries along the Pacific Coast and into Canada. When there are low numbers of Chinook returning to the Stillaguamish, fisheries close in most areas. Chinook salmon from the river are also critical prey for the Orca.

At SWC, our work is focused on four key areas:

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Providing scientific guidance for salmon recovery

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Awarding funding for salmon recovery 

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Serving as a hub for data-driven solutions to advance salmon recovery

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Ecosystem recovery and protection

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