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.
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.
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.
This project breaches the historical railway jetty, improving water circulation and fish access in Trestle Bay.
In 1996 a 1 square foot hole was cut in a tidegate at the 8th Street Dam by the Skipanon WCD to allow for minimal flow and fish passage. CREST is now looking into replacing the tidegate with a bridge, which would be of interest to developers who would like improved road access to adjacent property.
Restoration actions focus on restoring hydrology to existing water bodies, providing physical access for juvenile salmonids, reducing elevated temperatures, and managing pisciverous fish species. Project site acres = ~900
Restore hydrology and juvenile access to approximately 160 acres of off-channel habitat and floodplain lakes. Additional restoration actions may include up to 60 additional acres of off-channel improvements. Phase 1 restoration: Ruby Lake, Phase 2 restoration: Millionaire/Deep/Widgeon Lakes, Phase 3 restoration: McCormick Lake.