South Fork Saxon Reach Project-Construction
#10-LNR-RCO1300 #10-LNR-RCO1300
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed (Project Funded)
Schedule Start Date: 10/7/2010 End Date: 6/18/2013
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
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DESCRIPTION
This project constructed seven engineered logjams (ELJs) and a 630 feet bank roughening complex to restore salmon habitat in WRIA 1.  Endangered early spring chinook salmon and bulltrout will benefit from 7 new scour pools; more pools may develop indirectly as increased roughness causes dynamic equilibrium. The new bank roughening complex is providing cover for salmonids as well.  Scour pools provide thermal refugia (holding pools) from elevated South Fork water temperatures during summer spawning months in addition to pools for juvenile overwintering (rearing pools).   This project addresses the number one known limiting factor for WRIA 1 salmonids: habitat diversity.  ELJs, LWD habitat structures, and reinforced wood accumulations will increase the availability of complex instream habitat while providing deep pool habitat in a reach associated with cool groundwater inputs.   
The Saxon Reach project was rated Moderate to High in benefit to habitat and on the 2-3 year Implementation Feasibility list in the Acme-Saxon Alternatives Development.  This was a High Priority Project on the WRIA 1 3-year Capital Projects List. SRFB #08-1923N funded the design for this project.
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GOAL
Project Objective- Increase availability of complex instream habitat while providing deep pool habitat in a reach associated with cool groundwater inputs. Direct flow from the left bank towards the more habitat-friendly side channel complex and encourage moderated flows.
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Number Structures Placed in Channel Measure: Number of structures placed in channel
Goal: 11 Number  Actual: 7 Number
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Miles Off-Channel Stream Created
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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instream habitat treated Measure: Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated
Goal: 1 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
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channel connectivity
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Miles Stream Treated for Channel Reconfiguration and Connectivity
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Acres of Channel/Off-Channel Connected or 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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Pools Created through Channel Structure Placement
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
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Number Structures Placed in Channel Measure: Number of structures placed in channel
Goal: 11 Number  Actual: 7 Number
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Miles Streambank Stabilized Measure: Miles of Streambank Stabilized
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
FUNDING
Project Cost
$1,387,388
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $1,180,247
Expended Funds $1,180,247
Balance $0
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LOCATION
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 S21
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
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ACTIVITY-INSTREAM HABITAT PROJECT PCSRF
Miles of Streambank Stabilized 00.12 Miles
Number of structures placed in channel 07 Number
Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated 00.89 Miles
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
NOTES
Saxon Reach Restoration Design Project #08-LT-RCO1923