McGee Creek Instream Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Passage Improvement Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project IDOWEB 217-2046-14324
Recovery DomainsOregon Coast
Start Date04/26/2017
End Date02/19/2021
Year2016
StatusCompleted
Last Edited07/21/2022
 
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Description    


This project is located on McGee Creek near Elkton and is an outstanding example of how federal, state, and nonprofit organizations can come together to benefit the resources and residents of our watersheds. The project work was focused on improving instream fish habitat, upstream fish migration and riparian conditions. The project designed instream project sites that would provide critically limited habitat for Oregon Coast coho and other native fish. Unfortunately, before the structures could be placed instream, a severe snowstorm in 2019 hit the area and downed many of the trees along the creek. After reviewing the damage the snowstorm did, the project team and the landowner decided not to implement the instream work as nature had added large wood. Additionally, the riparian work was reduced due to a landowner injury resulting in less ability to take on the full extent of the project. As a result, there was no riparian planting and less riparian area treated. The total project cost was substantially reduced at actual. The project did succeed in replacing a failing culvert with a railcar bridge, riparian weeds were cleared and removed and a livestock exclusion fencing was built to keep the cows out of the creek.

Project Benefit    


The project is expected to benefit all aquatic species present in McGeel Creek. Summer and winter instream fish habitat conditions will improve because there will be a substantial increase in cover habitat and through time more pools will become available as the logs and boulders induce scour and deposition. Residual pool depth will increase and water temperatures are likely to decrease as a result of increased hyporheic water retention in the floodplain. Coarse substrate will accumulate and begin to create quality spawning riffles. The structures will also form pools and provide cover for juvenile salmonids and other native fish species. Winter survival for juvenile salmonids and the amount of adult salmonid spawning habitat will also increase over time.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .00 3.20
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.26 2.00
  Acres Treated 10.0 50.0
Fish Passage
  Barriers Removed
  Miles Opened 1.75 2.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$140,969
Other$13,000
In-Kind Donated Labor$46,543
Report Total:$200,512


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Worksites

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  • Worksite Identifier: 20200281
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Southern Oregon Coastal
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Oregon Coast
  • Latitude: 43.51549984
  • Longitude: -123.55748089

ESU

  • Oregon Coast Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Oregon Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Oregon Coast 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 200,512.08
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .63
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Region, 2015-01-01, Proposed Recovery Plan for Oregon Coast Coho Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit; Office of the Governor, State of Oregon, 1999-01-01, The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2007-03-01, Oregon Coast Coho Conservation Plan for the State of Oregon;
    •      . . 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 150,832.06
      •      . . . . C.2.b.1 Length of stream made accessible 1.75
      •      . . . . C.2.b.3 Type of blockage/barrier (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.2.b.4 Number of blockages/impediments/barriers impeding passage 1
      •      . . . . 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 1.75
      •      . . 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.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 .00
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 0
          •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 0
        •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 49,680.02
          •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 1.26
          •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 10.0
          •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
              Species of plants planted in riparian
              None, proposed activity not implemented
            •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian .0
          •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream 1.26
            •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 10.0
          •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
              Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
              Blackberry
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control 10.0
            •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control 1.26