Higgins Creek Instream

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat
Project ID01-1430 R
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date06/01/2002
End Date10/30/2004
Year2002
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/19/2022
 
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Description    


The Stillaguamish Tribe partnered with the US Forest Service to strategically place large woody debris (LWD) in and along a 1.5 mile reach of Higgins Creek, a tributary to Deer Creek in the North Fork Stillaguamish. The project utilized 343 pieces of wood in 28 sites to reinforce and resemble natural accumulations of debris. Both the stream channel and riparian area adjacent to this reach lack large diameter trees for LWD recruitment due to past timber harvest and channel clean-out. Logs were placed by helicopter in or along the channel to enhance wood recruitment and point bar formation.
This project focused on high summer water temperatures and loss of pools for holding and rearing of bull trout/Dolly Varden and on high summer water temperatures and degradation of spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead. Through assessments of the Higgins Creek sub-basin, 4.6 miles of anadromous habitat have been identified as refugia, where habitat recovery can be accomplished within a fairly short time period (Stilly Watershed Reach Assessment-SIRC, Collins et al 1995).
The net effect of this project will be reduced stream temperature and improved fish habitat. Bull trout, steelhead and coho utilize Higgins Creek, while Chinook, pink, chum, and sea-run cutthroat trout utilize lower Deer Creek.

Project Benefit    


The goal of the project is to improve instream morphology and habitat in salmon bearing streams. The objective of the project is to increase instream cover, spawning, and resting areas.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.50 .50

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$84,726
Other$25,923
Report Total:$110,649


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1-Higgins Instream    


  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Higgins Instream
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
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  • Watershed:
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.33729141
  • Longitude: -121.79511576

ESU

  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Puget Sound Chinook 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 119,726.04
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.50
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      USFS Mt Baker Snoqualmie Forest Management Plan 1990
    •      . . 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 119,726.04
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated 1.50
      •      . . . . 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 1.50
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 20
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 28
      •      . . . . 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 .01