Acme Early Chinook Restoration - Implementation
#07-WC-RCO1790 #07-WC-RCO1790
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 12/13/2007 End Date: 4/30/2010
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
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The Acme Early Chinook Restoration project is located on the South Fork Nooksack River at the community of Acme.  The project used ballasted log jams to restore complex pool habitat along 600 feet along the left bank of the South Fork, removed ~150 feet of left bank riprap from the bank and mid-channel, and improved floodplain tributary habitat connectivity and complexity along 150 feet of the abandoned lower Landingstrip Creek which now functions as a side channel.  Priority species and life stages include adult and juvenile natural origin spring Chinook salmon, migrating and foraging bull trout, rearing juvenile steelhead, and other salmonids consistent with WRIA 1 Salmonid Recovery Plan priorities.  The complex log structures provide cover, scour pools, and intersect with emergent groundwater to moderate summer and fall pool water temperatures in a reach where elevated temperature is a recognized limiting factor for spring Chinook.  The South Fork captured lower Landingstrip Creek during the 2008/2009 winter. The creek now enters the South Fork at a deep pool with complex wood providing ample holding and rearing. Coho and other tributary spawners now have perrenial access to Landingstrip Creek.  In the past, the lower section/new side channel would be dry denying passage.  The jams at the opening to the side channel encourage perennial flow into the seasonally dry lower reaches of the former channel of Landingstrip Creek while reducing the potential for development of a full scale avulsion.  A additional element not in the original scope of work was inter-planting of over 1250 feet of the right bank on County Parks property to enhance the conifer component towards restoration targets while improving floodplain forest condition in anticipation of partial right bank riprap removal at some point in the future.
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Stream Treated for Channel Reconfiguration and Connectivity
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
Off-Channel Stream Created
Goal: 0 miles  Actual: 0 miles
Instream Pools Created
Goal: 0 Number  Actual: 5 Number
Streambank Stabilization
Goal: 0 miles  Actual: 0 miles
Instream Habitat Treated
Goal: 0 miles  Actual: 0 miles
Project Cost
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $536,826
Expended Funds $536,826
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:T37-0N R5-0E S05
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
US WA Counties:Whatcom
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Acres Of Off-Channel/Floodplain Connected Or Added 00.5 Acres
Miles of Off-Channel Stream Created 00.22 Miles
Miles of Streambank Stabilized 00.14 Miles
Number of structures placed in channel 12 Number
Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated 00.36 Miles
PRISM Fiscal Year: 2008 PRISM Approval Date: 12/13/2007

Final costs have not been updated in PRISM (8/14/12), and does not show the project as completed.  Therefore, the HWS page shows a balance remaining.  Budget values will be updated in HWS once PRISM reflects the final project information.