Upper John Day River Passage and Habitat Phase I & II

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat Upland Habitat And Sediment
Project ID16-Warm-04
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date07/15/2017
End Date12/01/2018
Year2016
StatusCompleted
Last Edited12/01/2021
 
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Description    


The Upper John Day River Crossing & Habitat Project focused on multiple aspects of stream restoration and fish habitat in a critical cold-water habitat reach. The activities included; replacing a bridge that was washed out in 2011 on the Jacob’s Ranch. The landowner used the bridge frequently for moving cattle, hay and equipment to the other pastures, plus the frequent feeding in the winter months. After the bridge washed out the only access to the other pasture was downstream at a water gap, which became a ford in the river for vehicle transportation, cattle-crossing and water access. PCSRF funds were specially used for the installation of the bridge and well. The previous crossing/ford in the river was fenced off by ODFW and is abandoned as a watering location once the off-channel water development was installed. This is allowing for successful spawning and reduce erosion and un-wanted nutrient inputs into the river. The bridge was completed in fall 2017, planting around the site, riparian fence installment and off-channel water development was completed in March 2018. Phase 2 of the project has changed. Designs were completed for the project, but when analyzing the flood inundation map it was determined that the proposed solution would not adequately allow river access to the floodplain. An alternative solution proposed replacing the main road crossing over the John Day River instead of the culverts. Designs have been completed toincorporate instream habitat work in the reach and will be implemented in the future with the road crossing. ODFW remains committed to address the 11 barrier screens.

Project Benefit    


Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Mid-Columbia River Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus).


The John Day Subbasin Revised Draft Plan (NPCC 2005a) lists the fourth-field Upper John Day River (Hydrologic Unit Code 8: 17070201) where the project is located as a high priority for protection of habitat for summer steelhead and high priority for both protection and restoration for spring Chinook salmon and bull trout.


The John Day River Watershed Restoration Strategy (CTWSRO 2014) also identifies the Upper John Day River as a high priority for fish passage and instream habitat complexity for juvenile rearing.


The project is located in the HUC5 Reynolds Creek-John Day River watershed, this reach provides critical cold-water habitat to many species of fish. This project will improve fish passage and instream habitat for juvenile rearing, which is utilized by many native fish species for migration, spawning and rearing habitat. Survey data collected by ODFW since 2009 indicates there is less successful Chinook spawning occurring at and below the current river crossing. Protecting this location may allow for improved spawning and protect the redds from destruction by cattle and equipment that crosses the river frequently. Installing the bridge and fencing out the river will reduce the sediment and disturbance affecting the river, which may enhance the production of redds downstream as well. According to the redd count numbers by ODFW since 2009, the downstream numbers vary between 20-40 redd/Km, whereas the project site area and above range between 40-70 redd/Km; please see attached map. There have been multiple visual sightings of Chinook spawning in the crossing area each year and documentation by ODFW.


Riparian fencing and plantings will improve the stability of the riverbanks and canopy cover over the river. This will improve adult and juvenile fish habitat by creating more shade and protection from predators, helping to reduce erosion and pollutants into the river.


Phase II of the project will be developing several screening projects that currently allow ESA fish species access to irrigation ditches where they become stranded. It will also incorporate a meander with large wood placement to provide habitat and protection for juvenile fish, while benefiting the landowners concerns of flooding.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .15 1.15
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .50 1.30
  Acres Treated 3.0 6.0
Upland Habitat
  Acres Treated .1 .1
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed
  Miles Opened .15 1.15

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$150,000
Other$68,632
Report Total:$218,632


Project Map



Worksites

Upper John Day River Passage and Habitat Phase II    


  • Worksite Identifier: Upper John Day River Passage and Habitat Phase II
  • Start Date: 07/15/2017
  • End Date: 12/01/2018
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.4291
  • Longitude: -118.6225

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Un-Named ESU Bull Trout

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 38,228.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .00
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      John Day River Watershed Restoration Strategy; John Day Subbasin Revised Draft Plan; Mid-Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding 38,228.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible .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 0
      •      . . . . C.2.f.1 Culvert installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.2 Number of culverts installed or improved 0
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.3 Miles of stream made accessible by culvert installation/upgrade .00
      •      . . . . C.2.g.1 Bridge installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.g.2 Number of bridges installed or improved/upgraded 0
        •      . . . . . . C.2.g.3 Miles of stream made accessible by bridge installation or improvement/upgrade .00
      •      . . . . C.2.i.1 Road stream crossing removal Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.i.2 Number of road crossings removed 0
        •      . . . . . . C.2.i.3 Miles of stream made accessible by road stream crossing removal .00
      •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding .00
        •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .00
        •      . . . . C.4.e.1 Streambank stabilization Y (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.e.2 Material Used For Streambank Stabilization (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . C.4.e.3 Miles of streambank stabilized .00
        •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding .00
          •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .00
          •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated .0
          •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
              Species of plants planted in riparian
              None
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian .0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .00
          •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream .00
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing .0
          •      . . . . C.5.e.1 Riparian exclusionY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.e.2 Acres of riparian area protected by exclusion other than fencing
            •      . . . . . . C.5.e.3 Miles of riparian streambank protected by exclusion other than fencing
          •      . . . . C.5.f.1 Water gap developmentY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.f.2 Number of water gap installations 0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.f.3 Miles of streambank protected by water gap development .00
          •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
              Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
              None
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control .0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control .00
          •      . . C.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding .00
            •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained .00
            •      . . . . C.11.c.1 Restored upland area maintainedY (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.11.c.2 Acres of restored land maintained. .0

Upper John Day River Passage and Habitat Phase I    


  • Worksite Identifier: Upper John Day River Passage and Habitat Phase I
  • Start Date: 07/15/2017
  • End Date: 11/30/2020
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.41931
  • Longitude: -118.60045

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Un-Named ESU Bull Trout

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 180,404.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .50
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      John Day River Watershed Restoration Strategy; John Day Subbasin Revised Draft Plan; Mid-Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding 144,743.00
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible .15
      •      . . . . C.2.b.2 Square miles of streambed made accessible1 (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.f.1 Culvert installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.2 Number of culverts installed or improved 0
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.3 Miles of stream made accessible by culvert installation/upgrade .00
      •      . . . . C.2.g.1 Bridge installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.g.2 Number of bridges installed or improved/upgraded 1
        •      . . . . . . C.2.g.3 Miles of stream made accessible by bridge installation or improvement/upgrade .10
      •      . . . . 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 .10
      •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding .00
        •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .15
        •      . . . . 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 .00
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .00
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .0
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 0
        •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 30,661.00
          •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .50
          •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 3.0
          •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
              Species of plants planted in riparian
              Blue elderberry Sambucus nigra L. subsp. cerulea (Raf.) R. Bolli; Alnus rhombifolia Nutt. white alder; Prunus virginiana L. chokecherry; Salix boothii Dorn Booth's willow; Salix drummondiana Barratt ex Hook. Drummond's willow; Salix lemmonii Bebb Lemmon's willow; Salix prolixa Andersson MacKenzie's willow.
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 3.0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .50
          •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream .40
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 3.0
          •      . . . . C.5.f.1 Water gap developmentY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.f.2 Number of water gap installations 0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.f.3 Miles of streambank protected by water gap development .00
          •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
              Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
              None
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control .0
          •      . . C.6 Upland Habitat And Sediment ProjectY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . C.6.a Upland Habitat / Sediment Funding 5,000.00
            •      . . . . C.6.b.1 Acres of upland habitat area treated .1
            •      . . . . C.6.j.1 Upland livestock management Y (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.6.j.2 Upland livestock management action(s) taken (LOV)
              •      . . . . . . C.6.j.3 Upland acres managed for livestock .1
              •      . . . . . . C.6.j.4 Number of livestock water installations/developments 1