Acme-to-Confluence Reach Assessment
#02-NIT-RCO1500 #02-NIT-RCO1500
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 5/2/2003 End Date: 5/31/2007
Priority 1
Category Category: Non-Capital Projects
The Lower South Fork Nooksack Reach Assessment (Acme-to-Confluence) assessed habitat and watershed processes and identified and prioritized strategies for restoration of the South Fork Nooksack River, Acme to Confluence reach (RM 0-8.5), in Whatcom County. This reach provides holding, upstream migration, spawning, and rearing habitat for South Fork Nooksack early chinook. Habitat assessment and restoration planning focused on South Fork Nooksack early chinook habitat, although other salmonids use and are expected to benefit from the reach. Components of the final project report included: (1) Basin Overview; (2) Pre-European Settlement Conditions; (3) Historic Changes; (4) Salmonid Use; (5) Current Conditions; and (6) Restoration Strategies. The project mapped mainstem, sloughs and floodplain tributary habitat in the reach, quantified distribution and functions of large wood, assessed riprap and levees, and assembled geomorphic and hydrologic data to characterize existing conditions. These new data were combined with historical habitat information (Collins and Seikh 2002) to identify and prioritize acquisition and restoration actions within the reach. Finally, the design of a pilot project in the reach was advanced.
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The goal of the project is to increase/improve information to help select projects that have a high certainty and benefit.
Project Cost
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $299,700
Expended Funds $299,700
Balance $0

Congressional Districts:1
US WA WRIA:1 Nooksack
Legislative Districts:42
Puget Sound Process Units:Delta NKS
Steelhead PCH:High
USGS Level 6 Hydro Regions:Lower South Fork Nooksack River
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Not Warranted
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead DPS/ESU:Odd Year Pink Salmon - Not Warranted
Bulltrout Management Unit:Puget Sound
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead DPS/ESU:Puget Sound Steelhead - Threatened
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead DPS/ESU:Puget Sound\Strait of Georgia Coho Salmo
PSP Action Areas:San Juan Islands
USGS Level 5 Hydro Regions:South Fork Nooksack River
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Species of Concern
US WA Township:T38-0N R5-0E S31
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
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