Salmon River Bank Restoration at Deer Gulch

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID011 20 SA
Recovery DomainsSnake River
Start Date02/01/2021
End Date11/30/2023
Year2020
StatusCompleted
Last Edited05/13/2024
 
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Description    


The Salmon River Bank Restoration at Deer Gulch restored an eroding streambank at a popular fishing access site on the Salmon River, while enhancing instream fish habitat and riparian condition for summer rearing and overwintering habitat for Snake River Sp/Su Chinook and Sockeye Salmon and steelhead. The project protected approximately 0.4 miles of streambank and a bridge abutment from further erosion using a bio-engineering approach with logs, rock, rock barbs, log barbs and vegetation. The bridge abutment reach was restored using a combination of trees with rootwads, extensive riparian planting and rock. The adjacent upstream and downstream streambanks were degraded from recreational foot, truck, and camper traffic. This project rehabilitated those areas using a combination of fencing, barrier placement, and riparian planting on 2.3 acres. The restored reach provides a good example to the public of restoring a streambank while improving fish habitat.

The project reduces sedimentation, increases habitat complexity and riparian vegetation, provides cover and created overwintering and summer rearing habitat for Sp/Su Chinook Salmon and steelhead. The project reach is within a mile downstream of the Pahsimeroi River and may provide important habitat for outmigrating pre-smolt and smolts from that drainage or other mainstem and tributary habitats in the Upper Salmon basin. The project also proactively protects the access road and bridge and reduces the need for future emergency repairs using rip rap.

Project costs were lower than anticipated and fewer staff were necessary to complete field visits and coordinate the project.

Project Benefit    


The project will reduce sedimentation, increase habitat complexity,

increase riparian vegetation, provide cover and create overwintering and summer rearing

habitat for ESA listed Sp/Su Chinook Salmon and steelhead. The project reach is within a

mile downstream of the Pahsimeroi River and may provide important habitat for

outmigrating pre-smolt and smolts from that drainage or other mainstem and tributary

habitats in the Upper Salmon basin. Native plants, shrubs, and trees will provide bank

stabilization, future material recruitment, and shade for the restoration site. The project also

will proactively protect the access road and bridge and reduce the need for future emergency

repairs using rip rap.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .30 .30
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .40 .40
  Acres Treated 2.3 2.3

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$191,386
State$158,140
Report Total:$349,526


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Worksites

WS-1    


  • Worksite Identifier: WS-1
  • Start Date: 02/01/2021
  • End Date: 11/30/2023
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon (170602)
  • Subbasin: Middle Salmon-Panther (17060203)
  • Watershed: Hat Creek-Salmon River (1706020301)
  • Subwatershed: Allison Creek-Salmon River (170602030104)
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Snake River
  • Latitude: 44.702763
  • Longitude: -114.043401

ESU

  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS
  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Sockeye Salmon ESU

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Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 349,526.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .40
    •      . . 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.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding 249,526.00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .30
      •      . . . . C.4.e.1 Streambank stabilization Y (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.e.2 Material Used For Streambank Stabilization (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.e.3 Miles of streambank stabilized .30
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 100,000.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .40
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 2.3
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            Salix sp., Rosa woodsie, Populus sp., Red osier dogwood
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 1.3
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .30
        •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream .30
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 2.0
        •      . . . . C.5.e.1 Riparian exclusionY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.e.2 Acres of riparian area protected by exclusion other than fencing .3
          •      . . . . . . C.5.e.3 Miles of riparian streambank protected by exclusion other than fencing .10