2013 Habitat Restoration Projects

Project Map

Zell Diversion Dam Removal Fish Passage

County: Umatilla

Watershed: Umatilla

Description: The Zell Push Up Dam Replacement Project restores fish passage access to forty nine miles of spawning habitat, avoids historic fish stranding and mortality in an irrigation ditch and improves habitat diversity and water quality for the Walla Walla River.

Native fish benefitted: bull trout, redband trout, steelhead trout, spring Chinook salmon


Applegate River North Bank Riparian Restoration

County: Jackson

Watershed: Rogue River

Description: The project will address degraded streamside vegetation conditions on the north bank of the Applegate River by fencing and planning 700 feet of streamside vegetation. As part of a separate but complementary effort, another project to restore nearly 3,000 feet of streamside habitat on the river’s south bank is taking place.

Native fish benefitted: fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon


Snake Creek restoration project Snake Creek Reconnection

County: Klamath

Watershed: Klamath River

Description: The project will open up 80 miles of habitat by reconnecting Snake Creek to the Sycan River by constructing a meandering channel. Three miles of streamside fencing will be installed to prevent livestock from access to the new channel, while two off-stream solar watering systems will be installed to provide water access to livestock.

Native fish benefitted: Chinook salmon, steelhead trout


Photo credit: Sean O’Conner - 2013. Rudio Creek Ranch Habitat Restoration Project Project: Rudio Creek Ranch Habitat Restoration Project

County: Grant

Watershed: John Day

Description: With the help of the Blue Sky Habitat Fund, Phase I of the Rudio Creek Ranch Habitat Restoration Project restored more than one mile of creek into its historic channel alignment, installed 70 large wood habitat structures, reconnected floodplain habitat and planted 13,000 native plants. With these major elements now complete, Phase II project elements include additional off-channel habitat enhancement, streamside re-vegetation and floodplain fencing to protect the restored areas.

Native fish benefitted: Chinook salmon, steelhead trout

Photo credit: Sean O’Conner, Rudio Creek Ranch Habitat Restoration Project