Announcing Washington Coast 2014 Salmon Recovery Funding Board Project List
Each year, The Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership is allocated funds to cover salmon protection and restoration projects selected by the Lead Entities at the local level. A total of nine projects have been selected this year to forward to the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board for approval at their upcoming meeting in December.
Projects this year include five barrier culvert corrections, two acquisitions, one riparian restoration/knotweed control, and one stream restoration. The links below will take you to the Recreation and Conservation Office online project database with details about each project.
In the Dickey River basin, the Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition proposes to replace two fish-blocking culverts with bridges which will open a total of 4.7 miles of currently inaccessible habitat. These projects are located on Squaw Creek and Haehule Creek.
In the Clearwater basin, the Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition intends to replace a barrier culvert on Miller Creek, a tributary to the Clearwater, which will open just over 1 mile of habitat.
The Quinault Indian Nation plans to use funding to continue their restoration of the Lower Quinault floodplain riparian zone with targeted treatment of invasive plant species, most notably Knotweed which invaded the area a number of years ago.
The Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force proposed replacing a blocking culvert on Stevens Creek which crosses Minkler Road on the south side of the Chehalis near Montesano. This barrier removal will open 3.26 miles of excellent spawning and rearing habitat.
Two of our important non-profit partners, the Capitol Land Trust and the Heernett Environmental Foundation, have proposed acquisitions in the Chehalis Basin. Along the Black River, Capitol Land Trust will purchase 54 acres with 2,200 feet of the Black River flowing through the middle of it and more than 7,000 of wetland side channel. Most of the property is a rare wetland habitat unique to the Black River and is adjacent to other conserved properties.
The Heernett Environmental Foundation seeks to purchase 27 acres along the Chehalis mainstem near Grand Mound and the confluence with Scatter Creek. A complex arrangement with support from Thurston County, South Sound Community Farmland Trust, and Capital Land Trust, the project is adjacent to an acquisition funded by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board last year.
Along Delezenne Creek, a tributary on the south side of the Chehalis side near Elma, the Grays Harbor Conservation District is undertaking an ambitious project to restore Delezenne Creek to its historic channel just above the Boy Scout camp.
And finally, near the south end of Willapa Bay, the Friends of the Willapa Wildlife Refuge will replace a blocking culvert in Greenhead Slough along US Highway 101. With all of the upstream areas of this small basin already restored, this represents the last barrier to be corrected and will culminate years of effort by many committed to salmon recovery on the south coast.