Oregon Blue Sky Habitat Projects 2007

Freshwater MusslesResearch Status and Conservation of Freshwater Mussels. © Jim Yuskavitch/The Nature Conservancvy

Since 2002 Blue Sky Habitat customers have provided thousands of dollars to local projects, including the following projects which were selected for funding in 2007: 

Research Status and Conservation of Freshwater Mussels
Review of mussel species. Mussels can substantially improve water quality, which benefits the early life stages of salmonids. This work will allow biologists, academic scientists, non-profit conservation organizations and watershed councils to prioritize surveys, restoration, re-introductions, or other conservation actions in an efficient way.

Jones Creek Fish Passage
Location: Josephine County
Description: Improve fish passage at two culverts which prevent access to upstream spawning habitat at these locations.

Ecola Creek- Elk Flats Stream Restoration Phase 1
Location: Clatsop County
Description:Restore degraded tidally-influenced, forested wetland to functional habitat for coastal coho and cutthroat trout. Within the tidewater in the City of Cannon Beach, crews removed historic fills to restore or create natural channels and wetland structures.

Lostine River Spring Chinook Salmon Assessment
Location: Wallowa County
Description:A telemetry study was conducted to understand the passage requirements for Chinook salmon to ensure upstream migration past irrigation diversions at specific flows. The study will create stream flow guidelines for salmon that will be incorporated into irrigation management. photo: Nez Perce Tribe fishery research project leader Jim Harbeck examines and measures a spawned-out Chinook salmon carcass. © Jim Yuskavitch

Necanicum River – Hydrological Evaluation of Circle Creek
Location: Clatsop County
Description:Increase complexity and connectivity along 364 acres of floodplain to improve habitat for salmon, trout and wildlife in Circle Creek and the Necanicum River.

Arch Cape Sub-Watershed Resource Assessment
Location: Clatsop County
Description: Survey and inventory wetland habitat and riparian and stream conditions along Arch Cape Creek, Ashbury Creek and Shark Creeks and the Falcom Cove area including inventory of culverts and potential restoration opportunities.

Yaquina Estuary and Watershed Conservation Plan
Location: Lincoln County
Description: Create a restoration blueprint for the conservation and restoration of 8,000 acres of estuarine, wetlands and upland habitats with the Yaquina watershed, an area that provides critical habitat to many of Oregon's most threatened and endangered species including coho salmon, brown pelicans, bald eagles, marbled murrelets, as well as steelhead trout.

Brownie Creek Instream restoration
Location: Central Coast
Description: Brownie Creek contains one of the furthest inland runs of Oregon Coast coho salmon - 194 miles up a tributary to the South Umpqua River. Fish production is limited by lack of spawning, rearing and overwintering habitat. This project expanded habitat for coho by placing 150 logs into and along the lower three miles of Brownie Creek. The project had the added benefit of providing jobs for local tree fallers and equipment operators and helps generate cleaner water.

Habitat Restoration 2007Middle Fork John Day © Jim Yuskavitch/The Nature Conservancvy

Middle Fork John Day and Boulder Creek restoration
Location:Central Oregon 
Description: Past land use in the Middle Fork John Day River watershed has impaired aquatic and riparian habitat and impeded steelhead, Chinook salmon and bull trout spawning and rearing. Contractors are restoring stream channel complexity and fish habitat by installing logjams, removing rock barriers, creating pools and restoring historic stream channels. photo: © The Nature Conservancy/Jim Yuskavitch

Doe Creek culvert removal
Location: Upper Joseph Creek, Northeast Oregon
Description: This project is restoring seasonal passage of juvenile steelhead to a key portion of Doe Creek. Contractors are replacing existing culverts with an open-bottom arch and removing rock structures downstream of the existing culvert, restoring the stream to its original channel.

Calapooia-Santiam landowner recruitment for restoration
Location: Willamette Valley
Description: This project involves recruiting landowners and providing planning assistance and materials to establish streamside buffers in three mid-Willamette sub-basins to increase shading and lower stream temperatures. This is an extension of current education and outreach efforts among local watershed councils focusing on educating landowners and citizens about benefits and approaches to watershed restoration.

Oregon Freshwater Habitat Assessment
Location: All watersheds in Oregon
Description: This project is developing a freshwater habitat assessment for Oregon which will generate datasets and maps describing the distribution and condition of freshwater ecosystems and species and the most significant threats to their health. The data will enable ecologists to identify critical areas for conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems.

Funds provided by Pacific Power Blue Sky Habitat Customers help make on-the-ground projects a reality. Blue Sky customer habitat donations are leveraged with dollars from federal, state and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, private businesses and landowners who, together, restore and preserve health habitats and ecological processes in rivers, streams and wetlands.

For more information, please visit The Nature Conservancy's Web site detailing their work in Oregon and around the world. 

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