Ths project acquires two properties and restores tidal influence within the sites by modifying a tide gate and a culvert, and re-vegetating with native plants in affected areas. The project site includes two separate but connected parcels along the lower Elochoman River just east of Route 4 and the confluence with Elochoman Slough at Columbia River mile 38. The properties are adjacent to the 5,600 acres Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge and properties conserved by the Columbia Land Trust along Nelson Creek. The western parcel consists of relatively intact tidal wetlands and side channel habitat and the eastern property has been converted to agricultural use.
This project is a collaboration between the Columbia Land Trust and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Funds used for land acquisition went through the Estuary Partnership, and were provided by Bonneville Power Administration. Restoration is being funded through WDFW's MOA program.