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Award for WRIA 9 Science Report

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication will present an award in January 2002 for the maps in the Habitat Limiting Factors and Reconnaissance Assessment Report for WRIA 9, which was published in December 2000.

The theme of the Society’s 27th Annual Competition for Technical Publications, Art, and Online Communications this year was “Beyond Excellence” and judges felt the entry admirably fulfilled its goal to provide a snapshot in time of the existing salmon species and the habitat problems in the watershed.

As is the case with so many WRIA 9 activities currently, the winning report maps were the result of collaborative efforts.  Staff from King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks produced the maps with analysis and data coming from the Washington Conservation Commission, WRIA 9 cities, consultants, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the state Department of Ecology.

Public Awareness Depends on All of Us!

A 25-minute PowerPoint introduction to the watershed and local salmon habitat recovery is available.  Dennis Clark has presented it to 90 people at three service clubs.  If you’d like a copy of the presentation on CD-ROM for your own speaking engagements or want to schedule a presentation, contact Dennis at 206) 296-1909 or dennis.clark@metrokc.gov.

New Faces

The City of Auburn welcomed Aaron Nix in December to fill the newly-created position of Endangered Species Act/Sensitive Areas Coordinator.  Aaron was previously involved in similar ESA response-related work for the City of Redmond.  Aaron’s contact information: 253-288-7432, anix@ci.auburn.wa.us.

Another new contributor to our collective salmon habitat recovery efforts is Leslie Ryan-Connelly, who recently joined the City of Federal Way as the City’s Endangered Species Act/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ESA/NPDES) Coordinator.  She has begun representing Federal Way at the Planning Work Group along with Paul Bucich. Leslie most recently worked at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources managing the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) Grant Program.  You can contact Leslie at 253-661-4057 or leslie.ryan-connelly@ci.federal-way.wa.us.

Leslie Sacha is joining the Steering Committee for the Port of Seattle, filling the seat previously held by Denise Stiffarm.

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