Upper Mission Meadow Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID013 18 CW
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date01/01/2019
End Date12/31/2021
Year2018
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/14/2022
 
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Description    


The Upper Mission Meadow Restoration project is located on Mission Creek, a tributary to Lapwai Creek in the Clearwater River Basin. This project improved habitat for steelhead through improvement of meadow function by elevating stream channels and raising water tables nearer to natural levels, reducing bank erosion and channel head cutting, and reducing elevated water temperatures for salmonids. Project actions included installation of small wood instream structures (found under ‘other engineered structures’ in metrics), riparian plantings, cattle exclusion fencing, a stream temperature gage, and weed treatment.

Project Benefit    


Mission Creek provides habitat for juvenile steelhead and is a perennial stream flowing through forest and wet meadows. The stream at the project site was incised due to changes in hydrology, degradation of riparian vegetation, and livestock grazing. The area is characterized by flashy annual flooding during spring runoff and snow melt. Low summer flows, high summer water temperatures, and fine sediment reduced the quality and quantity of habitat at the project site. The installation of the small wood structures will slow water velocities during spring runoff, introduce more water to the floodplain, promote sediment deposition in the incised channel, and improve the riparian function of the near channel area.



The expected outcomes include the restoration of channel forming process through reestablishment of floodplain connectivity, reduction of fine sediment, increased water storage in streambanks for slow release in summer months and increased riparian areas to create shade.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .19 .19
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .19 .19
  Acres Treated 4.8 2.0

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$52,746
Other$27,143
In-Kind Volunteers$226
Report Total:$80,115


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Worksites

Mission Creek    


  • Worksite Identifier: Mission Creek
  • Start Date: 01/01/2019
  • End Date: 12/31/2021
Area Description
Mission Creek

Location Information

  • Basin: Clearwater
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.16276
  • Longitude: -116.631483

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 80,115.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .19
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      NMFS. 2017.Recovery Plan for Snake River Sprig/Summer Chinook Salmon (oncorhynchus tsawytscha) & Snake River Steelhead (O. mykiss). Appendix C Snake River Idaho Management Unit Plan, Pgs. 46-56, 58-59. Portland, OR; Richardson, Shannon and Lynn Rasmussen. 2009. Lapwai Creek Ecologic Restoration Plan, Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District, Nez Perce Tribe. Culdesac, Idaho.
    •      . . 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 47,269.00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .19
      •      . . . . 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 .19
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 0
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 15
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 32,846.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .19
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 4.8
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            Salex spp, Cornus Sericea, Populus Trichocarpa
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 1.8
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .19
        •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream .15
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 4.8
        •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
            Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
            phalaris arundinacea
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control 1.1
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control .19