Middle Klamath Coho Refuge Habitat Enhancement - Planning and Design Team Support FY2014

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project IDKARUK-2014-7 MKCRHEPDTS
Recovery DomainsN CA - S Oregon
Start Date05/01/2016
End Date09/30/2016
Year2014
StatusCompleted
Last Edited05/08/2024
 
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Description    


The Karuk Fisheries Program met with the non-profit Middle Klamath Watershed Council whom collaboratively lead efforts for planning and designing Coho salmon habitat projects along the Klamath River and its tributaries. Other key collaborators included the Salmon River Restoration Council (SRRC) and representatives of both Six Rivers National Forest and the Klamath National Forest. The Karuk Tribe attended numerous planning meetings, workshops and field reviews to look at specific project sites and support engineering needs for projects. Time and effort was divided between 6 project areas located within the Middle Klamath River Basin that are mentioned in the attached report with a short description of activities accomplished for each project area. 3 of these project areas are located in the Upper Klamath Subbasin worksite, 2 of these project areas are located in the Lower Klamath Subbasin worksite and 1 of these project areas are located in the Salmon River worksite. Slightly more time was spent working with SRRC and working on the projects in the project area of the Salmon River Restoration worksite.

Project Benefit    


The design team will segregate sites into three basic project categories. Category 1 type sites will be the simplest type designs where enhancement work can be accomplished by hand crews and non-mechanical methods with minimal permitting. This type of project includes small wood structures/debris bundles and small wood structures, manual post assisted wood structures. Category 2 projects are more complex and require mechanical equipment and a moderate level of permitting, but not costly engineered designs. These included constructed off channel ponds, large wood habitat structures and grade control structures and simple channel modifications. Category 3 type sites are the most complex designs and require a high level of permitting and costly engineering designs. These types of projects include bridge constructions, major channel realignments and modifications of road and highway infrastructure. For category 1 and 2 type sites, we envision providing implementation ready designs that could be incorporated into near future proposals. For more complex sites, we propose to provide a minimum of 30% level of final design, but would require more costly engineering designs which could be developed further with additional funding. For each category type would support future proposals and lead to more projects implemented in the near future.

The project will accomplish the planning and assessments necessary to move ahead with project implementation proposal which strategically identify locations and prescribe restoration methods and project designs that benefit ESA listed Coho Salmon. Coho Salmon juveniles that utilize the mainstem Klamath River during the summer months are dependent on cold water thermal refugia for survival and slow water refuges for winter survival. The Karuk Fisheries program has worked extensively to better understand Coho salmon utilization both summer and winter refuges, specifically the unique biological and physical elements which make these types of habitat usable for Coho salmon. The Tribe recently teamed up with graduate students Humboldt and Oregon State to study other elements of Coho utilization within cold water refuges including studies looking at fish disease, diet and growth, movement patterns and density effects. This science will be used to guide habitat elements of designs in combination of the collective knowledge of the design team to ensure projects benefit coho salmon.

The project is consistent with the objectives of the SONCC coho recovery plan. The plan calls for restoration actions that improve off channel habitats and thermal refugia along the Middle Klamath River Subbasin and Upper Klamath Coho populations. Project locations are consistent with areas identified by the SONCC Coho Recovery Plan and include location in lower Seiad Creek, Horse Creek, China Creek and Beaver Creek. The planning and design team is composed of Tribal, State, Federal and NGO biologists whom are actively planning projects with the SONCC Recovery goals as a guiding principal.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$12,500
Report Total:$12,500


Project Map



Worksites

3 Salmon River    


  • Worksite Identifier: 3 Salmon River
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description
Salmon River Restoration Planning

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath (180102)
  • Subbasin: 18010210
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.359328855
  • Longitude: -123.232727051

ESU

  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU

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Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 5,000.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 100,000.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 5,000.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.3 Coordination of watershed conservation and restoration effortsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.3.a
          Name of plan
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe, Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the National Marine Fisheries Services, 2014. Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit of Coho Salmon. National Marine Fisheries Service, Arcata Ca.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.3.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          The plan is a working document that was developed by local mid Klamath planning team members with the goal of identifying and prioritizing specific restoration actions. The plan is composed of a restoration actions table used for tracking progress and prioritization of new projects. The actions table is periodically updated to include new proposals and track implemented projects.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.5 Tribal infrastructure supportY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.5.a
          Name of plan developed or implemented
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe, Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the National Marine Fisheries Services, 2014. Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit of Coho Salmon. National Marine Fisheries Service, Arcata Ca.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.5.b
          Description and scope of the plan developed/implemented
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe and Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the SONCC Coho Recovery Plan, 2014, NOAA Fisheries.

1 Upper Klamath    


  • Worksite Identifier: 1 Upper Klamath
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description
Upper Klamath Basin Restoration Planning

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath (180102)
  • Subbasin: 18010206
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.875941725
  • Longitude: -122.998443606

ESU

  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

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Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 3,750.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 272,400.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 3,750.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.3 Coordination of watershed conservation and restoration effortsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.3.a
          Name of plan
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe, Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the National Marine Fisheries Services, 2014. Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit of Coho Salmon. National Marine Fisheries Service, Arcata Ca.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.3.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          The plan is a working document that was developed by local mid Klamath planning team members with the goal of identifying and prioritizing specific restoration actions. The plan is composed of a restoration actions table used for tracking progress and prioritization of new projects. The actions table is periodically updated to include new proposals and track implemented projects.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.5 Tribal infrastructure supportY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.5.a
          Name of plan developed or implemented
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe, Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the National Marine Fisheries Services, 2014. Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit of Coho Salmon. National Marine Fisheries Service, Arcata Ca.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.5.b
          Description and scope of the plan developed/implemented
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe and Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the SONCC Coho Recovery Plan, 2014, NOAA Fisheries.

2 Lower Klamath    


  • Worksite Identifier: 2 Lower Klamath
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description
Lower Klamath Basin Restoration Planning

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath (180102)
  • Subbasin: 18010209
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.677260915
  • Longitude: -123.469482424

ESU

  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 3,750.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 557,300.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 3,750.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.3 Coordination of watershed conservation and restoration effortsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.3.a
          Name of plan
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe, Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the National Marine Fisheries Services, 2014. Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit of Coho Salmon. National Marine Fisheries Service, Arcata Ca.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.3.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          The plan is a working document that was developed by local mid Klamath planning team members with the goal of identifying and prioritizing specific restoration actions. The plan is composed of a restoration actions table used for tracking progress and prioritization of new projects. The actions table is periodically updated to include new proposals and track implemented projects.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.5 Tribal infrastructure supportY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.5.a
          Name of plan developed or implemented
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe, Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the National Marine Fisheries Services, 2014. Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit of Coho Salmon. National Marine Fisheries Service, Arcata Ca.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.5.b
          Description and scope of the plan developed/implemented
          Planning actions were implemented following the Middle Klamath Restoration Actions Plan and Action Table. The plan and actions table was authored collaboratively by the Karuk Tribe and Middle Klamath Watershed Council. Actions are tiered off of the SONCC Coho Recovery Plan, 2014, NOAA Fisheries.