WRIA 14 Kennedy & Goldsborough Creeks

Here are a sample of projects being conducted or completed in the Kennedy & Goldsborough Creeks watershed.

Large wood installation helps salmon, railroad

Here is a recent article about a collaborative project we just finished on Goldsborough Creek to enhance habitat for Coho salmon!

Mason County Journal Article on Goldsborough LWD

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Case Inlet Shoreline Enhancement

Last winter we completed a shoreline enhancement project along the North Bay shoreline at the head of Case Inlet in Allyn, WA.  The goal of the project was to remove a 200-foot long bulkhead to restore tidal influence, salt marsh and beach habitat, and shoreline geology. The project site is owned by the WA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and was originally purchased with mitigation funding.  With the project now complete the property has helped fulfill a mitigation and restoration need for South Puget Sound.

After a recent site visit it’s clear that the site is returning to inter-tidal salt marsh habitat. This freshly formed habitat is now available for marine and riparian invertebrates, juvenile salmonids, and a host of shoreline associated wildlife.

The following pictures show the progression of the site from before and after the project.

Corner of bulkhead before removal

Corner of bulkhead before removal

Artificial lawn occupying former inter tidal habitat
Artificial lawn occupying former inter tidal habitat

Another view of the yard area proposed for shoreline enhancement

Another view of the yard area proposed for shoreline enhancement

View of the site just after removal of the bulkhead.  The tide is moving into area it has not occupied for several decades.

View of the site just after removal of the bulkhead. The tide is moving into area it has not occupied for several decades.

View of the restored shoreline in the fall of 2013.  The area where the bulkhead and lawn used to be is now being populated by native wetland plant species that will provide habitat for shoreline fauna.

View of the restored shoreline in the fall of 2013. The area where the bulkhead and lawn used to be is now being populated by native wetland plant species that will provide habitat for shoreline fauna.

A close up view of recently populated wetland plant species.

A close up view of recently populated wetland plant species.

 

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Goldsborough Creek Monitoring

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.

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Frye Cove Park

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.

 

 

After

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Midway Creek Culvert Removal

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.


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