Yankee Fork Pond Series 1 Outlet Channel

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat Upland Habitat And Sediment Wetland
Project ID007 14 SA
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date06/02/2017
End Date01/31/2019
Year2014
StatusCompleted
Last Edited10/21/2021
 
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Description    


The Yankee Fork Pond Series 1 Outlet Project restored/enhanced 0.7 miles of the side channel habitat in the Yankee Fork watershed by relocating the outlet channel, excavating pools, and adding LWD and spawning gravel. 0.07 miles of new stream length was constructed and 0.13 stream miles were enhanced by constructing 14 pool/riffle/run sequences. These pool/riffle/run sequences were constructed using 31 new LWD structures and 137 cubic yards of new spawning gravel.

Prior to the project, the side-channel outlet was seasonally dewatered due to seepage through relic dredge tailings. Relocating the outlet to a more suitable location has restored year-round connectivity of the side channel to the Yankee Fork Salmon River, where the side-channel and ponds can provide important thermal refuge for fish during the winter.

1.8 acres of floodplain were reconnected to the stream by re-grading adjacent dredge-tailings. 1.4 acres (or 0.5 miles) of riparian areas were enhanced/added to the stream channel, 0.31 acres of wetlands were added to the project area and 4.91 acres of upland (dredge tailings) were treated with topsoil. A total of 6.62 acres of riparian areas, wetlands, and uplands were reseeded with appropriate native plant seed mixes.

Reconnection of stream-channel to floodplain through removal of dredge tailings has restored some of the natural processes and riparian areas, which will help move this watershed towards recovery of its historically high value salmonid spawning and rearing habitat. This project also reduced fine sediment delivery to the stream through obliterating a 0.14 mile section of road.

Trout Unlimited implemented this project in coordination with the Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, the Salmon-Challis National Forest, National Marine Fisheries Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Match funding was provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. Non-match funding was provided by the US Bureau of Reclamation.

Project Benefit    


The benefits associated with this project will be implementation of the two highest priority actions for recovery of Snake River steelhead DPS, Salmon MPG, and upper Salmon population and Snake River Chinook Salmon ESU, upper Salmon MPG, and Yankee Fork Salmon River population are the following:
1. Reconnect the river to its floodplain. Restoring natural processes to this portion of the river could recover its historically high value for salmonid spawning and rearing.
2. Restore and maintain a riparian corridor, which will also reduce fine sediment delivery to streams.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .70 .70
Wetland Habitat
  Acres Created
  Acres Treated .3 .3
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .50 .50
  Acres Treated 1.4 1.4
Upland Habitat
  Acres Treated 4.9 4.9

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$95,000
Other$87,189
Report Total:$182,189


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Worksites

YF Pond Series 1    


  • Worksite Identifier: YF Pond Series 1
  • Start Date: 06/02/2017
  • End Date: 06/29/2020
Area Description
Yankee Fork Salmon River

Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.307169
  • Longitude: -114.718474

ESU

  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS
  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU

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Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 182,189.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .70
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
    •      . . 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 81,413.00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .70
      •      . . . . 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 .70
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .50
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 1.8
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 14
      •      . . . . 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 .10
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 0
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 31
      •      . . . . C.4.f.1 Spawning gravel placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.f.2 Miles of stream treated with addition of spawning gravel .07
        •      . . . . . . C.4.f.3 Cubic yards of spawning gravel placed137 (Cubic yards)
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 82,776.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .50
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 1.4
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            Salix geyeriana, Salix amygdaloides, Carex utriculata, Carex nebrascensis, Juncus balticus, Ribes aureum, Symphoricarpos alba, Leymus cinereus, Deschampsia cespitosa, Elymus trachycaulus, Agropyron smithii
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 1.4
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .50
        •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
            Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
            Cirsium arvense, Centaurea stoebe
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control 1.4
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control
        •      . . C.6 Upland Habitat And Sediment ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.6.a Upland Habitat / Sediment Funding 8,000.00
          •      . . . . C.6.b.1 Acres of upland habitat area treated 4.9
          •      . . . . C.6.b.2 Miles of road treated in upland area .14
          •      . . . . C.6.d.1 Road closure / abandonmentY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.6.d.2 Miles of road closed / abandoned .14
          •      . . C.8 Wetland ProjectY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . C.8.a Wetland funding 10,000.00
            •      . . . . C.8.b Total acres of wetland area treated .3
            •      . . . . C.8.c.1 Wetland plantingY (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.8.c.2
                Species of wetland plants planted
                Salix geyeriana, Salix amygdaloides, Carex utriculata, Carex nebrascensis, Juncus balticus, Ribes aureum, Symphoricarpos alba, Leymus cinereus, Deschampsia cespitosa, Elymus trachycaulus, Agropyron smithii
              •      . . . . . . C.8.c.3 Acres of wetland planted .3
            •      . . . . C.8.e.1 Wetland improvement/restorationY (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.8.e.2 Acres of wetland treated .3