Non-Estuary Partnership Projects

Habitat Restoration projects which are conducted by local restoration partners, and which no funds are contributed by the Estuary Partnership. Major restoration partners include CREST, the Columbia Land Trust, Ash Creek Forest Management, Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Washington and Oregon states, as well as several others. The Partnership attempts to maintain relevant information for these projects, however much of the project details still need to be acquired. For more detailed information about Habitat Restoration in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, visit the Partnership's Habitat Restoration web page at

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Zmrhal/Rauth Coweeman Restoration

The project is upstream of a geologic pinch point that forms a mid channel bar with several side channel areas. The Coweeman River has eroded the existing narrow forested buffer exposing alluvial soils in agriculture land use and has about abandoned the side channel habitat. A project conducted during 2006 slowed streambank erosion downstream and continued abandonment of the side channel habitat.


Fish passage barrier removal, restore native vegetation, improve water quality, restore rearing and refuge habitat for Col River coho salmon, fall Chinook salmon, and Steelhead trout.

Walters Stream Restoration

The Wahkiakum Conservation District will use this grant to restore 600 feet of the bank along Skamokawa Creek, which runs through a farm managed by Kay Walters. Work will include placing tree root wads, logs and logjams in the stream to help stabilize the bank and slow the stream, creating places for fish to rest, feed and hide from predators. Crews also will shape the bank, plant it and add a fence to separate the farm from the stream, improving water quality.

Upper Elochoman Salmon Conservation Project

This acquisition project permanently protects 135 acres of riparian land along the upper Elochoman River. The Elochman River and many of its tributaries within this project site are important habitat for juvenile and adult coho, Chinook, and steelhead salmonids. Endangered marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl are found near the project site. also in the near vicinity. Future restoration actions at the site may include road removal, culvert upgrades, conifer plantings, and weed control.