Meacham Creek - Bonifer Reach Floodplain Connectivity I - Large Wood Placement

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID15-Umat-02
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date05/01/2016
End Date09/30/2018
Year2015
StatusCompleted
Last Edited11/24/2021
 
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Description    


The PCSRF funds were used for the removal and hauling of 125 large wood and large wood structures on .95 miles of the Bonifer Reach, RM 3.8 to 4.75 of Meacham Creek, Project Area Three. Sixty-nine of the structures were placed in the channel and 47.6 acres of the streamed was treated for the channel structures placement. Four instream pools were created as a result of these placements. The original end date of December 2020 was chosen to allow for flexibility in the completion of work, but the project was able to be completed ahead of this schedule.

Using other non-PCSRF funding sources, the actions that occurred on the Bonifer Reach of Meacham Creek under this project in 2015 included:

1) Hauling and placement of large rocks at project site;
2) Creation of new side channel;
5) 33 acres of removal of non-desirable species in the riparian zone;
6) 7 acres of planting of native species in the riparian zone;





Project Benefit    


Habitat enhancement in the upper Umatilla focus area, and specifically in Meacham Creek (refer to Focus Area in the map in attached proposal), is expected to reduce summer stream temperatures, improve overall channel and floodplain stability, and ultimately improve aquatic habitat conditions. The CTUIR natural resource staff expects measurable response in key characteristics of hydrology, geomorphology, and connectivity resulting in improved riparian vegetation conditions and improved conditions for important aquatic species. Specifically, proposed actions are expected to improve connectivity between surface flow and shallow groundwater in the channel and floodplain, and the riparian forest. This will result in cooler in-stream water due to the influence of increased hyporheic interaction (e.g. buffering and lagging Arrigoni et al, 2008). We expect to observe increases in the incidence of cold water refuge areas for salmonids (e.g. pools and reaches downstream of meander bends or islands). Adverse impacts associated with the implementation actions are expected to be temporary and insignificant when compared to the expected long-term benefits to the upper Umatilla focus area ecosystem.


Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .95 .95
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.90 1.90
  Acres Treated 33.0 102.0

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$55,000
Other$165,570
Report Total:$220,570


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Worksites

Meacham Creek - Bonifer Reach    


  • Worksite Identifier: Meacham Creek - Bonifer Reach
  • Start Date: 05/01/2016
  • End Date: 09/30/2018
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.68581
  • Longitude: -118.36424

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS

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Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 220,570.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.90
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Habitat enhancement, monitoring and evaluation actions in the upper Umatilla River/Meacham Creek area are consistent with 6 different plans (please see project proposal for details)
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding 170,491.00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .95
      •      . . . . 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 .95
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 1.04
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 25.0
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 4
      •      . . . . 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 .95
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.4 Acres of streambed treated through channel structure placement 47.6
        •      . . . . . . 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 project50 (Yards)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 69
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 50,079.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 1.90
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 33.0
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            Douglas Maple (Acer glabrum), Thinleaf Alder (Alnus incana), Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), Water Birch (Betula occidentalis), Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea), Black Hawthorn (Cretageus douglasi), Cascara (Frangula purshiana), Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor), Mockorange (Philadelphus lewisii), Mallow Ninebark (Physocarpus malvaceus), Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), Aspen (Populus tremuloides), Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocharpa), Willow spp. (Salix spp.), Bittercherry (Prunus emarginata), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), Golden Current (Ribes aureum), Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana), Woods Rose (Rosa woodsia), Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra cerulean), Western Spirea (Spiraea douglasii), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) and Golden banner (Thermopsis montana).
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 7.0
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting 1.90
        •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
            Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
            Common bugloss (Anchusa officinalis), Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), Diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa), Dalmation toadflax (Linaria dalmatica), Viper’s bugloss (Echium L.), Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus).
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control 33.0
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control 1.90