Yakima Basin Riparian & Instream Stewardship

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID14-1203 R
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/03/2014
End Date06/30/2018
Year2014
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/19/2022
 
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Description    


Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group (MCF) provided stewardship and improvements to eight high priority restoration properties on the Yakima River & tributaries to improve ecological function. MCF planned to work at one additional property on lower Swauk Creek, but the landowner chose not to participate. Work completed during 2015-18 ensured that past investments in salmon recovery were maximized to provide the greatest habitat value. Previous grants funded plant installation and often the first 1-2 years of maintenance. In our region with arid conditions and intense weed competition, some sites need two to five additional years of stewardship to establish robust, native riparian plant communities. Work varied by site and included weed control, mulching, removal of weed fabric, minor fence repairs, browse protection, and selective planting & watering.

In addition to riparian stewardship, MCF pursued adaptive management at two of the sites: Reecer Creek and Billys Pond. At Reecer Creek, MCF explored the installation of additional large wood in the new channel (constructed in 2011 as part of SRFB# 07-2020) to improve habitat and channel stability. After a technical working group meeting and site visit, we concluded the proposed work was no longer warranted and amended it out of the grant scope. At Billys Pond, located at river mile 109 of the Yakima River, MCF designed and implemented modifications around the pond in order to facilitate native plant establishment and increase shading. Restoration work at Billys Pond was originally funded through SRFB project #11-1565. Modifications funded by this grant (14-1203) included lowering the pond outlet; regrading portions of the pond shoreline; revegetating the site with native trees, shrubs, and grasses, installing fencing to deter beavers, and maintaining the plants. Work at Billys Pond wasnt part of the original scope of work, but became feasible after work at Reecer Cr and lower Swauk Creek was cancelled.

This grant benefits steelhead, Coho and spring Chinook Salmon, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout, and provides critical habitat for Bull Trout. Ensuring the success of these projects is ecologically important. Additionally, successful projects help landowners and the community see the value of habitat restoration and promote future project support.

Project Benefit    


To restore functioning riparian communities at multiple restoration sites to support juvenile and adult salmonids.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .15 .31
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.00 1.00
  Acres Treated 3.5 3.5

Funding Details

SourceFunds
State$208,810
Other$42,832
Report Total:$251,642


Project Map



Worksites

2-Reecer Cr Instream Wood    


  • Worksite Identifier: 2-Reecer Cr Instream Wood
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.99863665
  • Longitude: -120.57570716

ESU

  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU

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Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding .00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .00
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Conley, A., J. Freudenthal, D. Lind, P. Mees, and R. Visser. 2009. Yakima Steelhead Recovery Plan, Extracted from the 2005 Yakima Subbasin Salmon Recovery Plan with Updates. Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board, Yakima WA. http://www.ybfwrb.org/Assets/Documents/Plans/YakimaSteelheadPlan.pdf
    •      . . 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 .00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .00
      •      . . . . 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 .00
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 0
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 0

6-Jack Cr Riparian    


  • Worksite Identifier: 6-Jack Cr Riparian
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 47.33154186
  • Longitude: -120.83458313

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 2.00
    •      . . 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.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding
      •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained 2.00

1-Reecer Cr Riparian    


  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Reecer Cr Riparian
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.99771165
  • Longitude: -120.57401916

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 167,776.40
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.00
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Conley, A., J. Freudenthal, D. Lind, P. Mees, and R. Visser. 2009. Yakima Steelhead Recovery Plan, Extracted from the 2005 Yakima Subbasin Salmon Recovery Plan with Updates. Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board, Yakima WA. http://www.ybfwrb.org/Assets/Documents/Plans/YakimaSteelheadPlan.pdf
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding 167,776.40
      •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained 1.00

5-Swauk Cr Riparian    


  • Worksite Identifier: 5-Swauk Cr Riparian
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 47.14430238
  • Longitude: -120.73799318

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .60
    •      . . 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.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding
      •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained .60

3-Billy's Pond Improvements    


  • Worksite Identifier: 3-Billy's Pond Improvements
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.57319809
  • Longitude: -120.46849397

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Un-Named ESU Steelhead

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 82,729.66
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .50
    •      . . 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 35,518.47
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated .15
      •      . . . . C.4.c.1 Channel reconfiguration and connectivityY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.2 Type of change to channel configuration and connectivity (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.3 Miles of stream treated for channel reconfiguration and connectivity .15
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity .00
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 1.4
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 0
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 47,211.19
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 1.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 3.5
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            Populus balsamifer L. subsp trichocarpa; salix sp.
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian .9
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .30
        •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
            Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
            Bromus tectorum, Chorispora tenella, Cirsium arvense, Eleagnus angustifolia, and rest of species listed in proposal.
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control 3.5
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control 1.00

8-Billy's Pond -- Yakima Rive    


  • Worksite Identifier: 8-Billy's Pond -- Yakima Rive
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.57155595
  • Longitude: -120.46894781

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .50
    •      . . 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.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding
      •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained .50

4-Cowiche Creek Riparian    


  • Worksite Identifier: 4-Cowiche Creek Riparian
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.61924899
  • Longitude: -120.58760021

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.80
    •      . . 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.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding
      •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained 1.80

7-Wilson Cr Riparian    


  • Worksite Identifier: 7-Wilson Cr Riparian
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: Yakima
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.92282923
  • Longitude: -120.50360133

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU

Map

Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .50
    •      . . 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.11 Site maintenance projectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.11.a Site maintenance funding
      •      . . . . C.11.b.1 Stream or streambank maintainedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.11.b.2 Miles of streambank maintained .50