2017 Oregon Habitat Restoration Projects

Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Habitat Fund provides residential and small business customers with the ability to make a difference in two meaningful ways. With this option, participating customers purchase and support renewable energy, while also helping to restore and preserve habitats for Oregon native fish, including salmon, through an automatic $2.50 monthly donation. See the difference Blue Sky Habitat customers made in 2016 »

Bear Creek Riparian Restoration near Upton Road – Rogue Valley Council of Governments

County: Jackson

Watershed: Bear Creek

Description: Bear Creek, one of the most urbanized watersheds in southwest Oregon, is a priority watershed for Coho salmon recovery. This multi-phased project will involve removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs along two miles of Bear Creek. The restoration will be within 21 acres of Jackson County and focus on the lower 0.5 miles of stream near Upton Road. The Rogue Valley Council of Governments will remove and control invasive plants and maintain new native plantings through the fall of 2019. Two bilingual, interpretive signs will be installed at the newly constructed park along the creek, describing its benefits and highlighting the partners involved.

Native fish benefited: Adult and juvenile Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey

Beeson-Robison Fish Passage Improvement Project – Rogue River Watershed Council

County: Jackson

Watershed: Wagner Creek

Description: The Rogue River Watershed Council will remove the Beeson-Robison dam to restore fish passage and improve access to three miles of upstream habitat. The Beeson-Robison diversion dam is located on Wagner Creek, a tributary to Bear Creek and the Rogue River in Jackson County. Adult fish upstream are not currently able to migrate past this dam under most flow conditions. During the irrigation season, upstream passage for juvenile fish is completely blocked, preventing over summering fish from reaching the coolest water in the Wagner Creek system.

Native fish benefited: Adult and juvenile steelhead and potentially ESA listed adult and juvenile coho salmon

Butcherknife Creek Culvert Replacement – Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council

County: Josephine

Watershed: Applegate

Description: The Butcherknife Creek culvert is a fish passage barrier that prohibits access to more than two miles of “high value” Coho habitat during low and moderate flows. The Slate Creek watershed is one of the last sub-watersheds in the lower Applegate not affected by residential and commercial development. It provides habitat with high intrinsic potential, as described in the draft Southern Oregon Northern California Coastal (SONCC) Coho Recovery Plan. Blue Sky funds will help replace the culvert with a precast bridge built to ODOT, NOAA and ODFW fish passage standards.

Native fish benefited: Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey

Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration Project – The Freshwater Trust

County: Clackamas

Watershed: Sandy River

Description: The Freshwater Trust, on behalf of the Sandy River Basin Partners, will increase side channel habitat and floodplain connectivity on the Salmon River and Still Creek. The goal is to benefit federally-listed spring Chinook, coho and winter steelhead in the Sandy River basin by accelerating the recovery of natural conditions within the stream channels and floodplain areas. Funding will support the reactivation of flow to six historic side channels, construction of 51 large wood habitat structures, restoration of two alcoves, and placement of additional large wood in side channels and on stream margins. The project will use restoration techniques that are designed to be self-sustaining.

Native fish benefited: Spring Chinook, coho and winter steelhead