Habitat Work Schedule
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife created Habitat Work Schedule to track the performance of projects related to salmon recovery for a dozen species listed as endangered or threatened.
Fishery agencies across Washington needed a solution to manage salmon recovery projects between offices. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO), and the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) worked together to create a portal for salmon projects. WDFW manages enhancements to the system; the Governor’s Salmon GSRO manages data entry via 27 local watershed organizations called salmon recovery Lead Entities; and RCO manages overall program performance.
In 2005, after 5 years of steady funding under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF), the President’s FY2006 budget proposed to eliminate federal funding for salmon recovery. Meetings between stakeholders and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) indicated that, while there was a high level of confidence in the work being done, there was a low level of support due to the lack of transparency spending and the benefits to salmon. The State needed a solution that was map-based, web-accessible, and could provide a single platform to support collaboration across a wide-range of programs.
Paladin’s Panoramic software was selected to manage project data and a public portal. Within 6 months, Habitat Work Schedule was live. Much of this data was made available on the public portal, so that stakeholders and Congress could access this information over the web. This increase in transparency and accountability helped to restore and secure funding for Washington’s’ salmon recovery efforts.
- Congress and the White House restored funding to PCSRF and funding has continued at a consistent level.
- Over a thousand project sponsors have entered over 7,000 projects into the system.
- $200 million in PCSRF and state match funds have leveraged an additional $600 million from over 250 different federal, state, tribal, local, NGO, and private fund sources.
- Citizen and stakeholder support is at an all-time high, and most indicators of salmon health continue to trend upward.
- The State of Washington was so pleased with the Habitat Work Schedule that they used Panoramic for Wildlife TRACS, a portal that tracks grants across 56 state, territory, and district fish and wildlife agencies.
“The only way people are going to trust that the government is acting in their interest is if the government is very transparent, and everything the government is doing is known in real-time. This kind of technology can permit people living in the watersheds, who are knowledgeable about projects, to display all the information related to them as clearly and succinctly as possible so the individual citizen can simply click in their area, see what is going on and how it is going to impact them.”
Puget Sound Partnership
“The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, the Hatchery Scientific Review Group, and other organizations have given us an effective road map we can use to better manage our oceans, rivers & estuaries. The next challenge now before us: implementing the reforms and plans. Panoramic is a promising system that gives the natural resource community the information technology it needs to meet this challenge.”
Retired Congressman Norm Dicks
6th Congressional District