Habitat Restoration

Colleen McGee

Chehalis Basin Beaver Dam Analogs

Beaver Dam Analogs are simple artificial structures designed to mimic the form and function of natural beaver dams. They are built into existing wetlands and channels to encourage channel rejuvenation and support beaver reintroduction.

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Colleen McGee

Chinook Bend-Tolt Large Wood Debris (LWD) Assessment

Wild Fish Conservancy worked with an environmental engineering firm to assess the feasibility of large wood (LWD) supplementation in the Snoqualmie River from its confluence with the Tolt River, downstream to Harris Creek near Chinook Bend Natural Area (River Mile 21-25). The assessment laid the foundation for conceptual designs that will detail instream LWD treatments in the Chinook Bend -Tolt reach of the Snoqualmie River. Public outreach was conducted to assess recreational boater usage in a 4-mile reach of the Snoqualmie River that is critical salmon habitat. The information gained from the public outreach was used to inform the design of conceptual Large Woody Debris (LWD) habitat restoration treatments in the reach.

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Colleen McGee

Deschutes Tributary Restoration Design

This project identifed, prioritized, and provided preliminary designs to restore a unique Deschutes River spring fed wetland and stream
complex. Restoration actions identified include removing three failing culverts, livestock
exclusion fencing to protect streams and wetlands, instream LWD placement, and riparian restoration, along with a suite of farm management BMPs.

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Colleen McGee

Finn Creek Restoration Design

WFC seaks to to restore the natural processes in lower Finn Creek that create and sustain habitats used by wild fish populations, while meeting County (landowner) flood and park amenity objectives.

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Emma Helverson

Little Quilcene Assessment

WFC conducted a rapid watershed assessment, analyzed the current status of salmon stocks, and developed a comprehensive suite of restoration actions intended to quickly improve habitat conditions for native wild fish in the Little Quilcene River basin

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Colleen McGee

Gig Harbor Peninsula Water Type Assessment

WFC ground truthed and corrected water type classifications in approx. 90 mi of streams that drain the Gig Harbor Peninsula. Additionally, WFC filled critical data gaps on ESA-listed fish species composition and distribution via field observations and through the use of environmental DNA (eDNA).

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Colleen McGee

Gheer Creek Fish Passage

The project goal is to improve wild fish access to over ten miles of habitat that has been blocked for several decades, restoring a self sustaining wild salmon and steelhead population to Gheer Creek while providing an excellent outreach and education opportunity for the community. In addition to implementing fish passage improvements, Wild Fish Conservancy will work long-term with WA Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure hatchery practices in Gheer. Creek are compatible with wild fish recovery efforts there.

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Colleen McGee

South Fork Newaukum Watertype Assessment

Within the SF Newaukum project area, WFC 1) Used the state sanctioned water type protocol to survey 123 miles of stream: data which will improve the regulatory maps used by state and local government agencies for planning critical areas protection and recovery efforts around streams and wetlands; and 2) Identified and prioritized habitat restoration projectswithin survey watersheds we will identified and prioritized nine fish habitat restoration projects.

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Colleen McGee

Beckler River Engineered Log Jams (ELJs) Restoration

WFC engineers and ecologists developed restoration treatment designs including Engineered Log Jams (ELJs) to capture and retain sediment in the mainstem of the Beckler river channel, which when implemented, will improve aquatic habitat diversity and reconnect the channel to its historic floodplain.

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Colleen McGee

Fisher Creek Family Forest Fish Passage Project

During summer 2011 WFC removed the barrier culvert and intalled a 14′ x 30′ steel bridge. A short section of the channel was realigned to
improve alignment with the road, and bioengineering techniques were used to stabalize the affected banks. During fall 2011, WFC observed
several pairs of adult coho upstream from the new bridge.

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Colleen McGee

Stillwater Flooodplain Restoration

To accomplish the restoration goals, approximately 2,100 lineal feet of bank armorment along the right bank was removed, the bank was re-sloped to the natural shoreline gradient, flood fence poles were installed on the uppermost bench of the river bank area, native trees were planet, and a failing culvert was replaced.

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Colleen McGee

Tracy Creek Family Forest Fish Passage Project

Project partner Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) designed and constructed fish passage improvements at the culverts at both crossings, removing the undersized culverts and replacing them with steel bridges. WFC designed and implemented a bank stabilization project using extensive coir wrapping, large woody debris (LWD) placement, and native riparian planting.

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Colleen McGee

Cherry Creek Floodplain Restoration

The goal of the project is to improve instream morphology and habitat in salmon bearing streams. The objective of the project is to increase instream cover, spawning, and resting areas.

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