Willy Dick Creek Barrier Removal & Floodplain Enhancement Project

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID12-Yaka-03
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date03/01/2013
End Date04/24/2016
Year2012
StatusCompleted
Last Edited10/21/2021
 
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Description    


The overall projects goals were to increase the quality and quantity of ESA listed Middle Columbia River Steelhead spawning and rearing habitat, improve fish passage, and enhanced water quality, and quantity. These goals were achieved by removing a portion of the levee to allow the stream to realign into its historic channel, removing a culvert that blocked fish passage and disrupted hydrologic function at the site, placement of 60 individual unanchored logs and stumps with roots, and planting of native plant species/seed (using non-PCSRF funds). Overall the project treated 0.75 stream miles, made four miles of stream accessible once the culvert was removed, created 0.25 miles of off-channel stream area, created 10 pools with the placement of the log structures and treated eight acres with riparian plantings.

In the future, using other funding sources,post-implementation monitoring by Yakama Nation Fisheries Staff will continue with annual or bi annual re-survey of topographic survey points to monitor the physical effectiveness of the project. Validation monitoring will consist of annual steelhead redd counts, smolt trapping via two rotary screw traps (main stem Toppenish Creek), and snorkel surveys. In addition, riparian vegetation monitoring will be conducted to monitor the success of riparian plantings.





Project Benefit    


This project will allow unimpeded steelhead passage to 4 miles of available spawning habitat
And remove a culvert and potential velocity barriers.

Will allow Floodplain re-connection, add riparian plantings and:

-balance the sediment budget
-increase the summer base flow (longer hydro period)
-decrease the water temperatures
-increase the vegetative cover and nutrient cycling
- Improve food web interactions

Results of the project will also increase instream habitat complexity by creating
-refugia/rest areas for the fish;
-provide foraging areas; and
- add channel roughness

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .75 .75
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.00 1.00
  Acres Treated 25.0 25.0
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed
  Miles Opened 4.00 4.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$150,651
Other$132,511
Report Total:$283,162


Project Map



Worksites

Willy Dick Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: Willy Dick Creek
  • Start Date: 03/01/2013
  • End Date: 04/21/2016
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.28911
  • Longitude: -120.86283

ESU

  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

Stream re-alignment work #2 Riparian planting of native species on site Stream re-alignment work #1

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 283,162.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .75
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Conley, Alex, et al., 09/30/2009., Yakima Steelhead Recovery Plan., Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board., http://www.ybfwrb.org/.
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      Yakama Nation Habitat Biologist(s) were onsite during construction activities to ensure the proposed project was implemented as planned. Engineer oversight has been incorporated into the overall project cost estimate to ensure the project was implemented as proposed and complies with project design criteria and achieves intended function. Pre-treatment physical monitoring of the site incorporated topographic surveys using total station. Also, photo point documentation was used on site to monitor effectiveness post implementation. Post-implementation monitoring by Yakama Nation Fisheries Staff will consist of annual or bi annual re-survey of topographic survey points to monitor the physical effectiveness of the project. Validation monitoring will consist of annual steelhead redd counts, smolt trapping via two rotary screw traps (main stem Toppenish Creek), and snorkel surveys. In addition, riparian vegetation monitoring will be conducted to monitor the success of riparian plantings. We would like to obtain pre and post implementation temperature data, however the current, ephemeral nature of the reach to be treated will not provide an adequate location for a temperature data logger.
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding 60,000.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible 4.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.2 Square miles of streambed made accessible0 (Square miles)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.3 Type of blockage/barrier (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage 1
      •      . . . . C.2.i.1 Road stream crossing removal Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.i.2 Number of road crossings removed 1
        •      . . . . . . C.2.i.3 Miles of stream made accessible by road stream crossing removal 4.00
      •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding 103,162.00
        •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .75
        •      . . . . C.4.c.1 Channel reconfiguration and connectivityY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.2 Type of change to channel configuration and connectivity (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.3 Miles of stream treated for channel reconfiguration and connectivity .75
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .25
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .5
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 0
        •      . . . . C.4.d.1 Channel structure placementY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.2 Material used for channel structure (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.3 Miles of stream treated through channel structure placement .25
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.4 Acres of streambed treated through channel structure placement 2.7
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 10
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.6 Yards of average stream-width at mid-point of channel structure placement project4 (Yards)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 60
        •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 120,000.00
          •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 1.00
          •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 25.0
          •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
              Species of plants planted in riparian
              Alnus viridis, Salix spp., Populus balsamifera, Cornus sericea, Populus tremuloides, Pinus ponderosa, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Rosa woodsii, Crataegus douglasii, Betula occidentalis, Holodiscus discolor, Corylus cornuta, Symphoricarpos albus, Festuca idahoensis, Elymus glaucus, Juncus balticus, Calamagrostis rubescens, Bromus carinatus, and Carex pachysachya
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 8.0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting 1.00