About us

The Stillaguamish Watershed Council provides a forum for stakeholders to engage & act upon issues affecting the health and sustainability of Stillaguamish Valley’s natural resources, especially recovery of salmonids, through habitat restoration and conservation.

The history of SWC

The Stillaguamish Watershed Council (SWC) was founded in 1990 to address water quality issues and declining salmon populations. Before it was called the SWC, it was known as the Stillaguamish Implementation Review Committee (SIRC). When Chinook Salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1999, the SWC shifted its main focus from water quality issues to recovering Chinook Salmon populations.

Who we are

The Stillaguamish Watershed Council (SWC) is a group 25 members who represent landowners, local municipalities, tribes, agriculture and forestry interests, flood control districts and environmental groups, who are dedicated to restoring and maintaining a healthy Stillaguamish River Watershed.

SWC Members

SWC members are a team of dedicated stakeholders that propose ranked project lists to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.


  • City of Arlington – Mike Wolanek
  • City of Stanwood – Kevin Hushagen
  • Evergreen Fly Fishing Club – Curt Kraemer
  • Mainstem Stillaguamish – Eric Hanson
  • North Fork Stillaguamish – Bill Blake
  • Pilchuck Audubon Society – Allen Gibbs
  • Pilchuck Creek – Vacant
  • Pilchuck Tree Farm – Allen Starringer
  • Snohomish Conservation District – Linda Lyshall
  • Snohomish City Council – Nate Nehring
  • Snohomish County SWM – Erik Stockdale
  • South Fork Stillaguamish – Ben Curley (Co-Chair)
  • Stillaguamish Tribe – Jason Griffith (Co-Chair)
  • Sound Salmon Solutions – Mary Brueggeman
  • Tulalip Tribe – Kurt Nelson
  • US Forest Service – Camden Bruner
  • Warm Beach Christian Camp – Kelly Wynn
  • Washington Department of Ecology – Sarah Yepez
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife – Kirk Lakey
  • Washington Farm Association – Duane Weston
  • Wild Fish Conservancy – Doug Hennick

TAG Subcommittee

TAG members are technical experts who utilize the best available science to guide salmon recovery needs and efforts for the SWC.


  • Snohomish Conservation District – Kristin Marshall, Christine Stephens, James Lauder
  • Snohomish County – Frank Leonetti
  • Stillaguamish Tribe – Jason Griffith, Scott Rockwell
  • The Watershed Company – Greg Johnston
  • Tulalip Tribes – Derek Marks, Brett Shattuck
  • US Forest Service – Camden Bruner
  • Washington Department of Ecology – Sarah Yepez
  • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife – Kirk Lakey, Gwendolyn Hannam, Kathryn Weilert
  • Wild Fish Conservancy – Mary Lou White, Doug Hennick

Capacity Fund Subcommittee

Made up of SWC Members, this committee approves sub-award capacity funds supporting project development.


  • Wild Fish Conservancy – Doug Hennick
  • Snohomish County Department of Natural Resources – Kit Crump
  • Stillaguamish Tribe – Jason Griffith
  • North Fork Stillaguamish – Bill Blake

The salmon recovery plan

In response to declining salmon, the State of Washington proposed a statewide salmon recovery plan for multiple species of salmonids and Evolutionary Significant Units, or ESUs – distinct population groups as established by NOAA Fisheries that can receive coverage under the Endangered Species Act. The Puget Sound Chinook salmon ESU covers all Chinook salmon populations in the Puget Sound region from the North Fork Nooksack River to the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula. The Shared Strategy salmon recovery initiative for the Puget Sound relies on local watersheds to develop technical information and public involvement efforts for a localized Chinook salmon recovery strategy, as required by the federal Endangered Species Act. 

The 2005 Stillaguamish Chinook Recovery Plan is intended to provide guidance to local stakeholders in a collaborative effort to restore and protect Chinook salmon in the Stillaguamish River watershed – also known as Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 5. This plan is one of fourteen watershed plans under the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound. The overall goal of the plan is to help Stillaguamish Chinook salmon recover to sustainable and harvestable levels, and is a technically sound set of actions to restore their populations. The plan recommends an integrated strategy for recovery, including individual strategies for habitat, harvest, and hatchery management, as well as an initial 10-year recovery plan with specific action for Chinook salmon habitat improvement. The recommendations include habitat projects to restore watershed processes that affect Chinook salmon, protection of existing habitat through regulatory and non regulatory strategies, stewardship education and outreach, and monitoring and adaptive management.  

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.