WRIA 13 Deschutes Projects

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Below is a sample of current or completed projects in the Deschutes Watershed:

Deschutes River Ranch Restoration Project

The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG) is soliciting bids from local Thurston County farmers to perform pasture maintenance in the spring/summer of 2014.  Pasture maintenance will include at least one cutting and one spraying of Milestone herbicide for approximately 150 acres of pasture land located outside the City of Yelm.  The project site is located adjacent to the Deschutes River and is directly off Vail Road.  Equipment access is provided through a locked gate.  There is Canada thistle, other weeds, and known Slender Flower Thistle on site (Class A noxious weed).  There are also existing fences that will need to be worked around.  The goal of the project is to reduce weed growth, eliminate Slender Flower Thistle, and to prepare for an upcoming habitat restoration project on the property.

Map of the 2014 Cut and Spray Area

Thurston County Farmers: Click here for the Final Deschutes River Ranch Restoration Project BID and Contract

Addendum #1 from April 11, 2014

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Beachcrest Estuary Restoration Project

Located on the west side of Nisqually Reach, the Beachcrest Restoration project sought to create new spawning and rearing habitat for salmon. This project restored fish passage and habitat to a pocket estuary fed by a spring. It removed a barrier standpipe and 150’ culvert under a private road. The standpipe and culvert were replaced with a 14’ span concrete box culvert, giving rise to a new 150’ tidal channel. Shoreline armor was replaced with logs and salt marsh. Volunteers contributed their time and energy to plant native vegetation along the shoreline.

Completed in 2010, this project provides key ecological benefits to nearshore-dependent species. First, it increased estuarine rearing and foraging area. It restored fish access to a small local watershed. It provides increased spawning grounds for forage fish such as sand lance and smelt. Finally, restoration activities associated with this project have increased spawning habitat in South Puget Sound for chum, pink, and coastal cutthroat trout and increase rearing capacity of South Puget Sound for ESA listed Chinook, coho, chum, pink, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat.

Partners includedSRFB,USFish and Wildlife, NFWS, NRNC, the Beachcrest Community Association, and the Nisqually Tribe.

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