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 http://www.lcrep.org/habitat-restoration.
Construct Engineered Log Jams on the Lower Washougal river delta at the Columbia River confluence to provide instream cover and complexity, and coldwater refuge for outmigrating juvenile salmonids an migrating adults. Project Site Acres = 10
The Lockwood Creek recovery/habitat enhancement project is located upstream of the bridge at the mouth of the Creek, where it empties into the East Fork Lewis River, and extends approximately 3,135 ft. This reach of stream has been diked on both sides restricting the floodway & causing the channel to downcut. This project will focus on the removal of the dike on the south side of the stream, recreate the floodway, & vegetate with native species indicative of Puyallup soil type (i.e. cottonwood, black hawthorne, willow and native grasses). Livestock exclusion will also be installed.
The Lewis River Preserve is a 125-acre, abandoned mine. The site is owned by the Environmental Enhancement Group, which is a 501(c) 3 private nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring habitat values on abandoned mining sites; Fish First is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to restoring salmon/steelhead runs in the Lewis River system.This project will help restore degraded habitat on the project site.
Tide Gate retrofit at Julia Butler Hansen NWR to increase circulation in approximately 92 acres of backwater and side-channel habitat. Subsequent potential Phase 2 options include full levee breach (option C), and tidegate removal(option A/B), as identified in USFWS Review of Conceptual Lower Columbia River Refuge Salmonid Restoration projects.
The project will construct a new spawning channel on Hardy Creek to maximize chum spawning habitat above the mean annual flood stage of the Columbia River. The project will double the amount of spawning habitat available to chum salmon in the river and will be protected from the sedimentation effects of frequent flooding. The project will excavate a berm and install a pipe to transport water beneath the railroad tracks & adjacent to the creek. Diverted flows from the creek will provide the necessary hydrology for the new channel.