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.

Sandy River Dam Removal

The project removes a 1930 era diversion dam across the main channel of the Sandy River near the confluence with the Little Sandy River. Implementation of the project restores flows to the east channel allowing natural physical/biological processes to occur in support of local and upstream ESUs. The project reconnects approximately 190 acres of the historical channel with the estuary. 

Ridgefield NWR - Post Office Lake

This project will restore hydrologic connection from the Post Office Lake floodplain wetland with the estuary while protecting privately owned farmland. The objective is to re-establish access and improve wetland function to approximately 80 acres of shallow water habitat for juvenile salmonids. Project Site Acres = 80.  This project is identified in the Fish & Wildlife Service Review of Conceptual Lower Columbia River Refuge Salmonid Restoration Projects