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Spurgeon Creek Restoration Design Project

WFC to assess site conditions and prepare conceptual project designs to improve instream and riparian habitat conditions within the project site on the headwaters of Spurgeon Creek in Thurston County, WA.

Location:

Spurgeon Creek is a tributary to the Deschutes River in Spurgeon Image 1Thurston County, Washington. The project reach, located east of Spurgeon Creek Road, has been ditched and runs parallel to an unnamed private gravel driveway. The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, in partnership with the Wild Fish Conservancy, is proposing to re-meander the creek through the adjacent wet fields just south of the private driveway and north of and below the Fox Hill development.

Project type:

Assessment & Habitat Restoration Engineering

Status:

Completed

Start Date:

May 2011

Completion Date:

January 2012

Description:

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group contracted WFC to assess site conditions and prepare conceptual project designs to improve instream and riparian habitat conditions within the project site on the headwaters of Spurgeon Creek in Thurston County, WA. The proposed project is intended to improve water quality and improve habitat for salmonids and other aquatic and riparian-dependent wildlife on site. The project also has the potential to provide salmon viewing and educational opportunities to local residents.

Goals & Objectives:

The primary goal of the project is to improve fish productivity and survival within Spurgeon Creek by enhancing the quantity and quality of instream habitat within the project reach. Habitat is currently impaired (particularly within the lower portion of the project reach) by a lack of riparian vegetation and large woody debris, simplification of instream habitats, poor floodplain connectivity, channel incision, and poor water quality. Design elements include channel modifications (including modifications to channel location, geometry, and planform), wetland enhancements, placement of large woody debris, an interpretative trail, and the restoration of native riparian vegetation.

Primary Habitats Impacted By Project:

Low-gradient stream channel, adjacent wetlands, and riparian habitats.

Managing Agency/Organization:

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

Project Contact:

Jamie Glasgow

Budget or Project Cost:

$12,000

Funding Source(s):

Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Partners:

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

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