Buck Creek Fish Passage & Irrigation Improvements

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID11-1499 P
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date12/08/2011
End Date06/30/2015
Year2011
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/19/2022
 
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Description    


This project examined restoring fish passage, installing a fish screen and addressing the need for improved base flow in Buck Ck. The irrigation dam on Buck Creek at the outtake for the White Salmon Irrigation District is a 67% (100% w/ flashboards installed) fish passage barrier, and the diversion itself is unscreened. Additionally, WSID overflow water currently going to White Salmon River may be returned to Buck Ck. SRFB funding was used to assess feasibility of project alternatives and develop 70% designs for the preferred option. These designs will provide fish passage restoration and screening in Buck Creek, and irrigation system overflow improvements.

The project focused on providing fish passage at a 2.5ft dam (3.65 with flash boards installed) and screening the irrigation outtake in Buck Creek. These improvements will restore access to 1.3 miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat to resident cutthroat, rainbow trout, anadromous populations of Threatened bull trout, sea-run cutthroat, ESA listed Mid-Columbia steelhead, spring and fall Chinook, and Coho, all which are anticipated to recolonize and use Buck Creek now that passage is restored at the former Condit Dam site. Additionally, the project focused on returning irrigation overflows, which currently flow to the White Salmon River, back to Buck Creek. This could be accomplished via piping the irrigation system and/or piping the overflow portion back into lower Buck Creek.

Instream and riparian ecological conditions will be improved for focal fish species, aquatic organisms, and wildlife by restoring passage, eliminating fish entrapment in the irrigation ditch, and improving base flows in Buck Creek should this design be funded in the future.

Project Benefit    


This project explored design alternatives for fish passage and screening at the Buck Creek diversion and overflow options on the open ditch conveyance system to improve Buck Creek flow. Preliminary designs for the three components, fish passage, screening, and pipeline (eliminating overflow) were developed. These improvements will provide passage to 1.3 miles of additional fish habitat, eliminate fish entrapment in the irrigation ditch, and improve base flows in the lower 2.04 miles of Buck Creek.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$167,356
Other$41,440
Report Total:$208,796


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Worksites

1-Irrigation Diversion, Buck     


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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette and Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.80874155
  • Longitude: -121.53892787

ESU

  • Lower Columbia River Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Lower Columbia River Coho 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 208,796.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 140.0
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected 2.04
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 208,796.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.8 Conducting habitat restoration scoping and feasibility studiesY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.8.a
          Name of plan implemented
          Klickitat Lead Entity Region Salmon Recovery Strategy, August 2013
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.8.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          This project provides a feasibility study and preliminary design for a project that addresses fish passage, diversion of fish into unsuitable habitat, and low flow in Buck Creek. These issues were identified as priority limiting habitat factors in Buck Creek, listed in the “Top Tier Actions and Areas” listed in the Klickitat Lead Entity Region Salmon Recovery Strategy, updated August 2013 (found here: http://www.klickitatcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/235), on pages 55-56.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.11 Engineering/design work for restoration projectsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.a
          Name of plan implemented
          Klickitat Lead Entity Region Salmon Recovery Strategy. August 2013
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.11.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          This project provides a feasibility study and preliminary design for a project that addresses fish passage, diversion of fish into unsuitable habitat, and low flow in Buck Creek. These issues were identified as priority limiting habitat factors in Buck Creek, listed in the “Top Tier Actions and Areas” listed in the Klickitat Lead Entity Region Salmon Recovery Strategy, updated August 2013 (found here: http://www.klickitatcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/235), on pages 55-56.