Big Springs Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID006 16 SA
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date06/02/2017
End Date06/30/2018
Year2016
StatusCompleted
Last Edited10/21/2021
 
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Description    


The habitat restoration project on Big Springs Creek addressed 5800 feet (1.10 miles) of the creek and 5 acres of riparian area. The entire worksite was approximately 35 acres. Monitoring for the project was conducted prior to the project, during the project for instream turbidity, and post project due to the HIP III monitoring protocol for high risk projects. Miles of stream treated for creation/connection to off-channel habitat amounted to 0.80 miles. Instream pools created were 20, with 0.7 acres of floodplain reconnected. Miles of stream treated with individual logs were 0.8 miles, with 20 scour pools created, and approximately 95 structures created. Riparian habitat totaled 2.2 miles, with 12 riparian acres treated and a minimum buffer 35 feet maintained for the riparian area. Total riparian acres planted were 8 acres, and 1.27 miles of streambank were planted. There was 0.68 miles of jack fence installed, protecting 24 acres of riparian area. The project met expectations and will continue being monitored.

Project Benefit    


The goals of this project are to establish riparian vegetation to provide cover to reduce stream temperatures and to reduce erosion and sediment delivery to the stream and spawning gravels. It will also develop channel complexity in a stream that has been documented to support salmon and steelhead spawning. The project work proposed is expected to result in immediate and tangible benefits to salmon, which makes this stream a First Priority stream under the NMFS proposed recovery plan, which further directs restoration work be conducted first in streams that support salmonid spawning and rearing.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.10 1.10
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 2.20 2.54
  Acres Treated 24.0 25.0

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$270,529
Other$282,885
Report Total:$553,414


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Worksites

Big Springs Restoration    


  • Worksite Identifier: Big Springs Restoration
  • Start Date: 06/02/2017
  • End Date: 12/31/2018
Area Description
Salmon Subbasin, Lemhi 4th Field HUC 17060204 and the Big Springs Creek Watershed

Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.705906
  • Longitude: -113.401731

ESU

  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Basin 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 553,414.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.10
    •      . . 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 306,121.00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated 1.10
      •      . . . . 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 .80
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .30
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .8
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 12
      •      . . . . 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 .80
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 8
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 95
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 247,293.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 2.20
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 24.0
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            Betula occidentalis, Salix bebbiana, Salix lutea, Salix exigua, Potentilla fruiticosa, Salix geyeriana, Salix planifolia, Salix pseudomonticola, Populus trichocarpa, Prunus virginiana, Roasa wodsii, Populus fremontii, Salix boothii, Amelanchier, Eleocharis pauciflora, Parnassia paustris, Carex simulata, Carex nebraskensis, Deschampsia cespitosa, Triglochin maritimum, Juncus Articus, Thermopsis montana, Poa pratensis, Calamagrostis canadensis, Deschanpsia casespitosa, Elymus glaucus, Glyceria elata, Glyceria grandis, Mimulus guttatus, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum, Potamogeton vaginatus, Ceratophyllum demersum, Ranunculus aquatillis, Utricularia vulgaris
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 8.0
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting 1.27
        •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream .68
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 24.0
        •      . . . . C.5.g.1 Conservation grazing managementY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.g.2 Acres managed for grazing 24.0