Project Development White Salmon Tributaries

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID08-1916 P
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date05/01/2009
End Date07/30/2012
Last Edited04/19/2022
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Anadromous salmonids began to re-populate the White Salmon River and accessible tributaries after the removal of Condit Dam in 2012. The anadromous stocks expected in the White Salmon include three stocks (L. Col Coho ESU, L. Col. Chinook ESU, and Mid-Col. Steelhead DPS) listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Funding was requested to develop habitat restoration projects in the lower portions of Rattlesnake Creek, Indian Creek, Spring Creek, and Buck Creek. This request is focused on in-stream and riparian habitat, and may include high priority fish passage and screening. The goal of this project is to develop site-specific projects and landowner support for restoration work in accessible tributaries.
The scope of work included:
- review existing habitat assessments for the lower portions of each tributary. Identify any major data gaps and collect data on aquatic and riparian habitat where needed (Buck Creek)
- based on limiting habitat factors (such as lack of pools, lack of large woody debris, flow limitations), create ideas for habitat improvement projects
- work with landowners to garner support
- prioritize potential projects based on landowner interest, feasibility, habitat value, and cost.
The target restoration actions include large woody debris placement projects and riparian improvement projects. This grant resulted in the development of site-specific restoration projects that address limiting habitat factors.

Project Benefit    

The goal of the project is to increase/improve information to help select projects that have a high certainty and benefit. The objective of the project is to determine project siting, feasibility, design, or implementation.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$53,403

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1-W.S. River Tributaries    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-W.S. River Tributaries
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette and Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.8044736
  • Longitude: -121.4972866


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  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 53,403.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 23.6
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 53,403.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.8 Conducting habitat restoration scoping and feasibility studiesY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.8.a
          Name of plan implemented
          1. Final Report Project Development White Salmon Tributaries, Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, July 2012. 2. Risk Assessment for Placement of Large Woody Debris in Buck Creek, Prepared for Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group by Herrera Environmental Consultants, 2012
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.8.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          1.The document entitled “Final Report Project Development White Salmon Tributaries” summarizes accomplishments supported with funding from 08-1916. The report includes a table of prioritized projects in the White Salmon River, citations of other project lists, and details of project development for the following projects: • Buck Creek Fish Passage & Screening • Buck Creek Large Wood Risk Assessment • Lower Rattlesnake Creek Restoration • White Salmon River Screening. 2. Risk Assessment for Placement of Large Woody Debris in Buck Creek details the methodologies and results of an assessment by Herrera Environmental Consultants of placing large woody debris in Buck Creek for approximately 0.5 mile of channel length.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.11 Engineering/design work for restoration projectsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.a
          Name of plan implemented
          Project Development White Salmon River Margaret Neuman July 2012
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          In 2008, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board provided grant funding to Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group for a project entitled Project Development in the White Salmon Tributaries (08-1916). The objective of the grant was to develop projects to address priority limiting habitat factors for the lower reaches of tributaries in the White Salmon basin. The geographic scope of the grant focused on areas that would be most accessible to recolonization of salmonids after restoration of fish passage at the Condit Dam site.