Smith POD Transfer and Riparian Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Fish Screening Instream Flow
Project IDOWEB 218-6006-15620
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date10/24/2017
End Date10/16/2020
Last Edited07/21/2022
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This project transferred the existing POD downstream to a permanent scour pool through an official Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) transfer application. It also installed a new pumping station, fish screen, and flow meter; brought power to the new pump site; and linked the existing irrigation infrastructure to the new pumping system. Eliminating the annual riparian disturbance will allow desirable vegetation to reoccupy the site and reduce the potential for weeds to spread. This will complement a separate, multi-year project being conducted along the lower NFJDR through an ODA-Oregon State Weed Board grant to control leafy spurge. Partners for this project included the landowners, OWEB, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), and Monument SWCD. The proposed CFS was over-estimated, as the actual CFS flow rate turned out to be signficantly less. The water flow gauges reported at actual were inadvertently not reported at proposed and should have been as they were always intended to be a component of this project. Actual costs for the project have been updated to reflect additional contributions from the ODFW Fish Passage and Screens program (reported as spent PCSRF funding with ODFW Fish Passage and Screen Program project numbers indicated under funding notes). Because the projects scheduled start date is before the PCSRF FFY 2019 award opened, no funds allocated for this project are reported as match to PCSRF funds.

Project Benefit    

This project seeks to move an irrigation point of diversion (POD) along the North Fork John Day River (NFJDR) approximately 560-ft downstream from its current, permitted location to a stable scour pool. Beginning in 2005, a transient gravel bar has encroached on the existing POD. The landowner is now forced to use heavy excavation equipment to reconnect the POD with the river by annually excavating a channel and pool through the gravel bar. These activities contribute sediment loads into the NFJDR and disturb the associated riparian zone. This reach of the NFJDR provides critical migrating habitat to Mid-Columbia River (MCR) spring-run Chinook salmon, ESA listed (Threatened) MCR steelhead, and ESA listed (Threatened) Columbia River bull trout. Proposed project activities include eliminating the need to use heavy equipment within the river channel and riparian zone, installation of a criteria fish screen on the pump intake at the new POD, and passive restoration of 1600-ft (1.6 acres) of riparian zone vegetation by eliminating the disturbance corridor used to access the existing diversion site. All of these activities will provide a benefit to salmon, steelhead, and bull trout using this reach of the river.


Metric Completed Originally
Fish Screens
  Screens Installed 1 1

Funding Details

In-Kind Donated Labor$7,642
Report Total:$50,624

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 20200034
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
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  • Watershed:
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.80661023
  • Longitude: -119.5142669


  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 50,624.47
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.20
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Region, 2009-11-01, Middle Columbia River Steelhead Distinct Population Segment ESA Recovery Plan; Northwest Power and Conservation Council, 2005-03-15, Northwest Power and Conservation Council John Day Subbasin Plan; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2010-02-01, Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Steelhead Populations in the Middle Columbia River Steelhead Distinct Population Segment; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2016-01-01, Oregon Conservation Strategy ;
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.1 Fish Screening ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.1.a Fish screen funding 12,109.74
      •      . . . . C.1.c.1 Fish screens installedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.1.c.2 Number of new fish screens installed 1
        •      . . . . . . C.1.c.3 Flow rate of screened water .56 (cfs)
      •      . . C.3 Instream Flow ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.3.a Instream Flow Funding 38,514.73
        •      . . . . C.3.b Length of stream 'protected' for adequate flow 1.20
        •      . . . . C.3.c Change in water flow.56 (cfs)
        •      . . . . C.3.d.1 Water flow gaugesY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.3.d.2 Number of water flow gauges 1