Here are a sample of projects being conducted or completed in the Kennedy & Goldsborough Creeks watershed.
SPSSEG and Waterfall Engineering are involved in a year-long monitoring project to collect data that will shape project designs in the Goldsborough Creek watershed. The projects are aimed at re-connecting at least three off-channel wetland areas that have been impounded by a railroad to Goldsborough Creek. Goldsborough Creek, near Shelton is a primary focus of the local stakeholders.
Located just off Hwy 101, Frye Cove Park is a popular site for weddings, picnics, and shellfish harvest. It was acquired in 1973 by Thurston County. It’s named after George W. Frye who owned the property on the shore north of Flapjack Point. The largest native Littleneck ever recorded by WDFW shellfish staff came from this park, measuring 3.9 inches long and weighing close to ¾ of a pound.
Frye Cove Bulkhead Restoration
Completed in partnership with Myron Saikewicz and Irene Boldt, SPSSEG developed and installed soft shoreline armoring alternative along the Puget Sound near shore. The original bulkhead was built of concrete blocks that encroached upon the beach. It was replaced with a boulder and large woody debris (LWD) alternative. Construction was completed in 2008.
Frye Cove County Park
This nearshore project removed 450’ of a rock rip rap bulkhead along a small pocket estuary at Frye Cove County Park, restoring natural beach profile. 73 pieces of LWD was incorporated into the final design. This project was completed in 2009 and funded by SRFB.
SPSSEG received funds from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to replace a set of fish barrier culverts on Midway Creek, a tributary to Goldsborough Creek. The culverts, perched eight feet above the creek’s confluence, have blocked fish passage in Midway Creek for many decades. The project’s goal is to replace the perched culverts with a fish-friendly, box culvert that will open fish passage to an entire tributary system which will provide rearing and refuge habitat for Goldsborough Creek salmonid species. Construction is slated for 2012.
SPSSEG is partnering with WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to remove a concrete bulkhead and over-water structures on WDFW property in Case Inlet. The project will restore shoreline processes and salt marsh vegetation to a key stretch of shoreline in North Bay.
Allison Springs Estuary is a 50-acre complex of shorelines, tide flats, salt marsh, forested freshwater tributaries, and springs. The restoration project sought to restore estuarine and wetland function in the area, as well as provide juvenile salmon habitat.
Historically the property was used for rearing trout and chinook. The property included eight artificial ponds, as well as culverts, dams, weirs, and tidal barriers. In addition to the fish passage barriers, many invasive plant species are present. These species include English Ivy, Scotch Broom, Japanese Knotweed, and Himalayan Blackberry, which alter the native plant communities, and reduce the input of Large Woody Debris into the system.
The removal of the man-made structures, has opened fish passage and increased the available habitat. A team of volunteers are currently working on extracting the invasive plants species in the area and reestablishing the native vegetation through a series of plantings this fall.
Project Partners: Squaxin Island Tribe, People for Puget Sound, SRFB, Stream Team, and Capitol Land Trust.