2015 Oregon Habitat Restoration Projects


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Fielder and Wimer Dam Removal

County: Jackson

Watershed: Rogue River

Description: Geos Institute is partnering with American Rivers and WaterWatch Oregon to remove Fielder and Wimer Dams on Evans Creek, a tributary to the Rogue River. Successfully removing these abandoned structures will restore unimpeded fish passage for migrating and resident aquatic species. Both dams are among the top 10 on the statewide inventory of fish passage barriers priority list. While both dams have fish ladders, neither meets Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) fish passage criteria.

Native fish benefited: Coho salmon, fall Chinook, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, Pacific lamprey and Klamath small scale sucker

Main Stem Ash Creek Riparian Revegetation – Luckiamute Watershed Council

County: Polk

Watershed: Willamette River

Description: The Luckiamute Watershed Council will remove non-native and invasive species and restore streamside vegetation along nearly three miles of Ash Creek, a tributary to the Willamette River. Flowing through the Cities of Monmouth and Independence, the creek and its floodplain provide important ecological functions, including flood storage and habitat for upper Willamette winter steelhead and spring Chinook. However, historic clearing of streamside vegetation, encroaching development, and channel dredging has damaged parts of the creek. Through community partnerships, the Watershed Council will restore and protect the streamside corridor along Ash Creek’s main stem, a highly visible and accessible waterway for two cities with a combined population of more than 18,500 people.

Native fish benefited:  Spring Chinook and winter steelhead

Thompson Creek Habitat Restoration Project – Phase 2 – Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council

County: Jackson

Watershed: Applegate River

Description: The Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council will take on the restoration of another 2.63 stream miles of Thompson Creek, a tributary of the Applegate River. This would be the second phase in the “Thompson Creek Habitat Restoration Project,” expanding the project’s total stream miles restored to 4.4 stream miles. Thompson Creek has potential to be prime habitat for Coho salmon, yet it struggles with high water temperatures, which can be deadly to native fish populations. Through the restoration of streamside vegetation and the strategic replacement of large wood, Thompson Creek will take another step forward toward becoming a more hospitable habitat for fish to thrive.

Native fish benefited: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead

Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Project – The Freshwater Trust

County: Clackamas

Watershed: Sandy River

Description: The Freshwater Trust, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will lead the Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration Project on behalf of the Sandy River Basin Partners. The project’s goal is to benefit federally-listed spring Chinook, Coho and winter steelhead in the Sandy River basin by accelerating the recovery of naturally functioning conditions within the stream channels and floodplain areas of Salmon River and Still Creek. Funding will support the reactivation of flow to historic side channels, construction of large wood habitat structures, restoration of alcoves, enhancement of secondary channel habitat, boulder placements, and placement of additional large wood in side channels. This work is part of a multi-year, basin-scale restoration effort previously funded by Pacific Power.

Native fish benefited: Spring Chinook salmon, Coho, winter steelhead and Pacific lamprey

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