Upper Tee Meadow Restoration Project

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat Wetland
Project ID018 17 CW
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date03/19/2018
End Date05/15/2022
Year2017
StatusOngoing
Last Edited12/03/2021
 
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Description    


The Upper Tee Meadow Restoration Project will restore the hydrologic functions of the wetland-meadow system in the Corral Creek watershed. This work is expected to result in the following: restoration of the hydraulic regime, restored riparian and floodplain functions, increase groundwater storage, increase streamflow quantity, quality, and duration.



Project actions include:

• A total of 28 acres will be treated.

• Move the stream flow from a straightened, eroding channel to the sinuous, historic channel (1.1 miles)

• Install 22 instream structures to increase channel complexity and excavate 14 pools.

• Reconnect 16.4 acres of floodplain by regrading a historic railroad berm.

• Plant approximately 8.9 acres of wetland with native wetland and meadow plant species.

• Remove non-native invasive plant species on approximately 0.9 acres of wetland.

• Install 0.6 miles of wildlife exclusion fencing, which will protect 10.34 acres.

• Replace 1 culvert that is a fish passage barrier to open 2.44 miles of habitat.

• Plug the ditch that currently conveys flow periodically along its length with earthen structures (ditch plugs) leaving the channel intact between plugs. These intact reaches will retain spring flood flows in wetland pools that will hold water throughout the growing season and provide hyporheic flow across the meadow.

• Install microtopography, slash and logs at all vulnerable sites to add roughness to the floodplain.

Project Benefit    


This project will restore hydration of the meadow complex, increase the amount of groundwater stored, improve hyporheic water exchange, extend base flows, and enhance meadow/riparian vegetation all of which will improve downstream steelhead habitat. Potlatch River is a major spawning area for the ESA-listed Clearwater River lower mainstem steelhead population of the Clearwater Major Population Group in the Snake River steelhead Distinct Population Unit. The Corral Creek watershed is a subwatershed of the Potlatch River and is ESA-designated critical habitat. The process-based restoration proposed represent priority actions in a priority watershed (Potlatch River) as directed by the NMFS 2017 ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River Idaho Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Populations.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.10
Wetland Habitat
  Acres Created
  Acres Treated 28.0
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .60
  Acres Treated 10.3
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed
  Miles Opened 2.44

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$288,659
Other$209,128
In-Kind Other$35,166
Report Total:$532,953


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Worksites

Upper Tee Meadow    


  • Worksite Identifier: Upper Tee Meadow
  • Start Date: 01/01/2019
  • End Date: 12/31/2021
Area Description
Clearwater HUC 17060306, Potlatch River watershed, East Fork Corral Creek subwatershed

Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.843842
  • Longitude: -116.503988

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 .00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected
    •      . . 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.2 Fish Passage ImprovementY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.2.a Fish Passage Funding
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible
      •      . . . . C.2.b.3 Type of blockage/barrier (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage
      •      . . . . C.2.f.1 Culvert installed or improved at road stream crossingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.2 Number of culverts installed or improved
        •      . . . . . . C.2.f.3 Miles of stream made accessible by culvert installation/upgrade
      •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding
        •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated
        •      . . . . 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
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity
          •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity
        •      . . . . 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
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel
        •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding
          •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated
          •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated
          •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream
          •      . . C.8 Wetland ProjectY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . C.8.a Wetland funding
            •      . . . . C.8.b Total acres of wetland area treated
            •      . . . . C.8.c.1 Wetland plantingY (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.8.c.2
                Species of wetland plants planted
              •      . . . . . . C.8.c.3 Acres of wetland planted
            •      . . . . C.8.d.1 Wetland plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
              •      . . . . . . C.8.d.2
                Species (scientific) name(s) of wetland plants removed
              •      . . . . . . C.8.d.3 Acres of wetland treated