Philip Starr Administration Building
39015-A 172nd Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092
Mon 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tue 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Habitat Program focuses on the aquatic habitats necessary to sustain the Tribe’s fisheries resources. The goal of the program is to pursue opportunities to minimize development impacts on Tribal fishing opportunity within the Muckleshoot Usual and Accustomed Fishing Area, including the White, Green-Duwamish, and Lake Washington basins. When possible, this includes directing project proposals to improve habitat and afford additional Tribal fishing opportunity. Staff also work collaboratively with other Fisheries Programs to support and advance the Tribe’s Urban Salmon Strategy. The Habitat Program includes two technical teams, the Watershed and Land Use Team, and the Water Team. Key accomplishments for 2022 and the outlook for 2023 are summarized below.
Monitors pending development proposals/permits, including forest practices and land use permits in the Tribe’s Usual and Accustomed watersheds, in order to assess potential harm to fish habitat or water quality. Team members identify measures to avoid or mitigate impacts and seek opportunities to improve and restore fish habitat. As part of this work, the Team assesses the potential for projects to interfere with treaty fishing access and works with the Muckleshoot Fish Commission to identify measures to alleviate impacts. The Team works with a wide variety of local, state, and federal government agencies which authorize or plan development activities.
Collects data and participates in projects, plans, and legislation, concerning stream flows, water rights, water supply, and water pollution. Efforts focus on curtailing the impacts of human activities that cause water pollution or reduce the amount of water available to fish. The team works with government agencies to ensure that toxic spills and contaminated waterways are adequately cleaned up. State legislation is monitored and actively prevented from reducing in-stream flow protections as much as possible.