Mason County Water Type Assessment
Mason County, WA
Effective salmon recovery requires the restoration and protection of fish habitats. Mason County stream buffer width requirements are set by water type. Existing water type maps demonstrably under-represent the extent of fish and fish habitat, and many streams are mapped incorrectly or not at all. Consequently, many stream channels that warrant protection are not receiving appropriate buffers.
Goals & Objectives:
Through visual and electrofishing surveys, Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) will determine and correct water type classifications in 45 miles of streams in prioritized portions of WRIA 14 using established protocols. Using GPS, WFC will accurately map previously unmapped and incorrectly mapped water courses. In addition to providing data to ensure informed and responsible management of these watersheds, this assessment will generate species-specific distribution data to assist with restoration project identification and prioritization efforts. WFC will incorporate assessment results in a web-based interactive GIS (see www.wildfishconservancy.org) available to resource managers and the general public. Data formats will be compatible with State, County, City, and Tribal datasets. This project will complement the RND 07 SRFB-funded watertype assessment of Arcadia and Kimilche Points in WRIA 14.
Primary Habitats Impacted By Project:
45 miles of streams in prioritized portions of Mason County
Wild Fish Conservancy
Budget or Project Cost:
- Salmon Sate Projects
- Salmon Federal Projects
- Sponsor Match
- Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
- Mason Conservation District LE