Oxbow Tailings Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project ID2009-3-08
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date01/01/2010
End Date12/31/2013
Year2009
StatusCompleted
Last Edited10/21/2021
 
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Description    


There was $3,691.83 remaining when this projects contract ended and that balance will remain with NOAA Fisheries. This funding paid for riparian plants in Phase 1 (2011) and Phase 2 (2012), along with project management support. Funding also went towards fencing supplies to be constructed on Phase 3. This Oxbow Dredge Tailings Restoration project will significantly improve spawning and rearing habitat for summer steelhead and spring Chinook salmon.We expect the Oxbow project to greatly benefit rearing and spawning habitat for spring Chinook salmon and Mid-Columbia summer steelhead. The Oxbow project is located in critical habitat zone for these species on the Middle Fork John Day River.

Project Benefit    


This project is located in the heart of spring Chinook salmon spawning, adult holding, and juvenile rearing. The property averages 13% of spring Chinook salmon spawning in the MFJD watershed. The property exhibits high juvenile rearing stemming from its location in the watershed and the six perennial tributaries entering the river within the property. The Project site will benefit connectivity to the river on three tributaries: Butte Creek, Granite Boulder Creek and Ruby Creek. All three creeks are use by steelhead for rearing and spawning, and Granite Boulder Creek is one of three documented streams in the watershed with a Bull Trout population.

This project seeks to greatly enhance instream habitat for salmonids in terms of holding cover and spawning gravel availability. The project seeks to reduce overall stream temperature through removal of a dredged channel bifurcation, which will reduce the solar exposure to the stream. Temperature will also be addressed through an extensive vegetation plan which promotes stream shade and appropriate channel widths on the constructed channel segments.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.20 2.10
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.20 2.10
  Acres Treated 60.0 80.0

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$61,470
Report Total:$61,470


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Worksites

Middle Fork John Day River    


  • Worksite Identifier: Middle Fork John Day River
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

Location Information

  • Basin: John Day
  • Subbasin: Middle Fork John Day
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.6516
  • Longitude: -118.6768

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 61,470.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 2.10
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      none
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      The Project will have unusually extensive monitoring due to the presence of the NOAA/ISEMP Intensively Monitored Watershed Program (IMW) for the Middle Fork John Day River. This program is focused on effectiveness associated with restoration efforts on salmonid population recovery. The IMW has targeted monitoring efforts around the Oxbow property due to the Tribes' ongoing restoration actions and the high value critical habitat locations for salmonids. Monitoring efforts include fiber optic cable deployments that map hyporheic and other changes to water temperature relating to restoration actions, geomorphology study efforts, water quality study, macroinvertebrates, and fish populations. All of these monitoring and studies are on a watershed scale, but in regards to site-specific restoration efforts, such as the tailings restoration. The Tribes are monitoring site-specific variables to examine project effects on the reach scale.
    •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding 39,577.00
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated 1.20
      •      . . . . 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 .20
        •      . . . . . . 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 10.0
        •      . . . . . . C.4.c.6 Instream pools created/added through channel reconfiguration and connectivity 12
      •      . . . . 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 .25
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.4 Acres of streambed treated through channel structure placement 1.0
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement 12
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.6 Yards of average stream-width at mid-point of channel structure placement project7 (Yards)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel 15
      •      . . . . 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 .00
      •      . . . . C.4.f.1 Spawning gravel placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.f.2 Miles of stream treated with addition of spawning gravel .08
        •      . . . . . . C.4.f.3 Cubic yards of spawning gravel placed430 (Cubic yards)
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 21,893.00
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 1.20
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 60.0
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
            unknown
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 1.0
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting .00
        •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream 1.80
          •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 38.0