Skookum Reach Restoration
#07-LNR-RCO1803 #07-LNR-RCO1803
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 12/13/2007 End Date: 6/28/2012
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
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DESCRIPTION
The project removed a Whatcom County road running along 2500 feet of South Fork Nooksack River bank to allow restoration of channel migration, natural bank conditions and also to allow the placement of three engineered wood structures, and the reforestation of the 11.8 acres of riparian buffer.  The abandoned road was relocated/setback to better protect the river and allow for its natural migration and habitat forming processes. Three engineered logjams were placed in the cool water mixing zone of Skookum Creek, which provides the largest thermal refuge in the temperature-limited South Fork Nooksack.

The Skookum Reach Instream project addressed habitat factors limiting the recovery of South Fork Nooksack River chinook salmon, bull trout, steelhead trout, and other salmonid species. These factors include elevated water temperatures, lack of key habitats, and low habitat diversity.  The project included several components that address WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery habitat restoration goals for this reach of the South Fork Nooksack. 
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GOAL
The goal of the Skookum Reach Restoration Project is to improve instream morphology and habitat in salmon bearing streams.
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Reforest riparian buffer after removal of road.
Goal: 0 acres  Actual: 11 acres
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Total Miles Instream Habitat Treated Measure: Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
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Miles Stream Treated for Channel Reconfiguration and Connectivity
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Instream Pools Created/Added
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Miles Stream Treated for Channel Structure Placement
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Acres Streambed Treated for Channel Structure Placement
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Number Structures Placed in Channel Measure: Number of structures placed in channel
Goal: 3 Number  Actual: 3 Number
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Miles Streambank Stabilized Measure: Miles of Streambank Stabilized
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
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Road Abandoned Measure: Miles of Road Abandoned
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
FUNDING
Project Cost
$947,507
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $1,244,891
Expended Funds $1,244,891
Balance $0
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LOCATION
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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:Middle 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 S27
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
US WA Counties:Whatcom
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ACTIVITY-INSTREAM HABITAT PROJECT PCSRF
Miles of Streambank Stabilized 00.1 Miles
Number of structures placed in channel 03 Number
Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated 00.42 Miles
ACTIVITY-RIPARIAN HABITAT PROJECT PCSRF
Acres Planted in riparianNot entered
ACTIVITY-UPLAND HABITAT AND SEDIMENT PROJECT PCSRF
Miles of Road AbandonedNot entered
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