Salmon Recovery

Salmon recovery in Washington State is managed at a watershed scale through the collaboration of local organizations, local governments, and tribes. Those local collaborative bodies are called Lead Entities. There are 25 Lead Entities statewide and two in Kitsap County:

West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery

West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER) serves the eastern part of Kitsap County that drains to Puget Sound.

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council serves the west part of Kitsap County that drains to Hood Canal.

Both organizations:

  1. Develop local salmon recovery strategies.

  2. Mobilize organizations to implement the recovery strategies, most often through habitat protection and restoration projects.

  3. Coordinate with their local Puget Sound recovery counterparts.


Each Lead Entity at minimum consists of a technical advisory committee, a citizen advisory committee, and some form of board or executive decision-making committee. The charge of each Lead Entity is to:

  • Make smart investments.

  • Make sure only the top priority projects are funded.

  • Combine science, local knowledge, and social values to guide projects.

  • Involve the community.