Sherman County Area Watershed Council Capacity Grant

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project IDOWEB 220-046-16898
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date07/01/2019
End Date09/22/2021
Year2019
StatusCompleted
Last Edited07/21/2022
 
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Description    


The Sherman County Area Watershed Council serves as an “umbrella council” addressing watershed management issues in the existing Sherman County watersheds and is the leading organization for habitat protection and watershed restoration. The Sherman County Area Watershed contains 521 miles of stream habitat for summer steelhead and redband trout. The rivers that border Sherman County also provide habitat for Chinook Salmon and Bull Trout. Limiting factors for watershed health include high stream temperatures due to a lack of riparian vegetation, erosion and sedimentation, high peak flows with low summer flows, and invasive plant species. By addressing the source of erosion and sedimentation water quality is improved. In addition, projects focused on restoring riparian health to decrease water temperature and decrease variability in stream flow. The council implemented 11 restoration projects, 4 monitoring and assessment projects, and 8 projects with community engagement. Project partners included residents and landowners of Sherman County, Sherman County Schools, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and Sherman County Weed District.

Project Benefit    


The goal and purpose of the OWEB Council Capacity grant is to provide operating capacity support for the Sherman County Area Watershed Council. The Sherman County Area Watershed contains 521 miles of stream habitat for spring Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Limiting factors include high stream temperatures due to a lack of riparian vegetation, erosion and sedimentation, high peak flows with low summer flows, and invasive plant species. The councils 2008 action plan, updated in 2019, focuses on upland restoration projects and projects for fish recovery actions. The Council has assisted with the development of upland restoration projects that can address salmon and/or steelhead and their habitats. By addressing the source of erosion and sedimentation water quality is improved. In addition, projects focus on restoring riparian health to decrease water temperature and decrease variability in stream flow. The council has approved and is implementing 12 restoration projects. There are four monitoring and assessment projects and 8 projects with community engagement. The coordinator will utilize watershed assessments, action plans, and relevant Recovery Plans to develop a prioritized list of future restoration and monitoring projects.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed

Funding Details

SourceFunds
State$117,714
In-Kind Other$1
Report Total:$117,715


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  • Worksite Identifier: 16898
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Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.48599134
  • Longitude: -120.73325384

ESU

  • Deschutes River Summer/Fall-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS

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Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 117,715.33
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 576,415.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 117,715.33
      •      . . . . B.1.b.4 Watershed council supportY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.4.a
          Name of plan developed or implemented
          Middle Columbia River Steelhead Distinct Population Segment ESA Recovery Plan, National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Region, 2009 , ,
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.4.b
          Description of the Plan
          This project supports local watershed councils by providing capacity to engage in salmonid recovery planning and coordination. The Recovery Plan(s) indicate state and local collaboration and partnerships, especially in the form of watershed councils, are needed to successfully implement Recovery Plan actions and refer to the Oregon Plan. The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds (1997) provides the governance structure for implementing restoration in Oregon and specifically charges these watershed councils with the task of developing and implementing watershed improvement projects. Additionally, the Oregon Plan indicates that, in order to complete these tasks, watershed councils require funding to provide for stable infrastructure and support for council activities.