Meacham Creek RM10-11 Floodplain Restoration Project

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID23-Umat-02
Recovery DomainsMiddle Columbia River
Start Date03/01/2024
End Date12/31/2025
Year2023
StatusNew
Last Edited06/04/2024
 
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Description    


The purpose of the project is to address the primary limiting factors identified for Meacham Creek, , a major tributary to the upper Umatilla River southeast of Pendleton, Oregon, as identified in the 2008 Fish Accords (Three Treaty Tribes-Action Agencies 2008), incorporating the primary touchstones described in the Umatilla River Vision (Jones et al. 2008), and consistent with the Mid-Columbia Steelhead Recovery Plan (Carmichael and Taylor 2010), the Meacham Creek Watershed Assessment and Action Plan (Andrus and Middel 2003), and the Umatilla Subbasin Plan (NPCC 2005).



The watershed has been impacted by the presence of the UPRR railroad tracks, the road, and the extensive diking, channelization, and changes in vegetation that have occurred as a result. In addition, the natural condition of Meacham Creek has been affected by the presence of livestock in the riparian area and stream zone, where moderate to heavy grazing pressure occurred. These impacts have resulted in a decrease in channel complexity, a lack of woody materials, a substantial loss of floodplain connectivity and an overall simplification of floodplain processes. CTUIR completed an assessment of the project area and are working towards finalizing project design in 2023 with implementation anticipated for 2024.



The project is located along Meacham Creek RM 10-11. This project will build on prior restoration in Meacham Creek by restoring functional floodplain and secondary channel conditions and instream habitat enhancement along an additional 4,700 ft of Meacham Creek. The project has been designed to restore ecological processes by implementing process-based restoration based on concepts discussed in the CTUIR River Vision considering all restoration possibilities within the floodplain and active channel, given the existing hydrologic, geomorphologic, and land management constraints of the site. Proposed restoration action categories and conservation measures are intended to align with those identified in the USFS ARBO II ESA consultation process including: Channel Structure Placement, Off- and Side-Channel Restoration, Streambank Restoration, Fencing, Gravel Augmentation, Non-native Invasive Plant Control, and Revegetation. CTUIR will perform channel shaping strategies and incorporate large boulders and rootwads to increase complexity. We will utilize natural materials such as whole trees with rootwads and boulders in a variety of instream techniques. Another component is to maintain protection of the UPRR railway that lies adjacent to Meacham Creek. CTUIR has recently planted thousands of trees in neighboring areas of Meacham Creek downstream and will conduct more plantings when disturbance via implementation in the area is no longer a threat to vegetative survival.



Proposed actions are expected to specifically increase floodwater access to the floodplain, allowing for evolution of a more stable geomorphic streambed structure. The CTUIR expects measurable response in key touchstone characteristics of hydrology, geomorphology, and connectivity resulting in improved riparian vegetation conditions and improved conditions for key aquatic species. Expected outcomes include improved floodplain connectivity, channel form, sinuosity, complexity, geomorphic, and hydrograph stability; immediately increase in roughness elements of active channel and floodplain; increased hydrologic function and increased vegetative function in the floodplain and riparian. CTUIR also expects stream temperature reduction (e.g., pools and reaches downstream of meander bends or islands) with an increase in cold-water refuge areas for salmonids.

Project Benefit    


The goal of the Project is to improve floodplain function and instream habitat for Endangered Species Act (ESA)- listed and non-listed fish, benefit channel morphology and instream processes, increase floodplain connectivity and protect existing infrastructure along Meacham Creek.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.00
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 2.00
  Acres Treated 1.2

Funding Details

SourceFunds
Other$648,107
Report Total:$648,107


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Worksites

Meacham Creek River Mile 10-11    


  • Worksite Identifier: Meacham Creek River Mile 10-11
  • Start Date: 03/01/2024
  • End Date: 12/31/2025
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin:
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Middle Columbia River
  • Latitude: 45.6020271630002
  • Longitude: -118.346680988279

ESU

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

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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
    •      . . 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.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
    •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated
      •      . . . . 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
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.4 Miles of off-channel stream created through channel reconfiguration and connectivity
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.5 Acres of off-channel or floodplain connected through channel reconfiguration and connectivity
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity
      •      . . . . 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
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.4 Acres of streambed treated through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.6 Yards of average stream-width at mid-point of channel structure placement project (Yards)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel
      •      . . . . 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
      •      . . . . C.4.f.1 Spawning gravel placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.f.2 Miles of stream treated with addition of spawning gravel
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting
        •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing
        •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
            Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control
          •      . . . . . . C.5.h.4 Miles of streambank treated for riparian plant removal/control