NF Nooksack (Xwqélém) Wildcat Reach Phase 3
#12-NIT-RCO1514 #12-NIT-RCO1514
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 1/1/2013 End Date: 10/17/2014
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
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DESCRIPTION
North Fork Nooksack early Chinook are considered essential for ESU recovery, but natural origin productivity and abundances are low. This project constructed 14 engineered log jams and removed 150 feet of riprap in the North Fork Nooksack River, Wildcat Reach (RM 54.4-54.8), to address limiting factors of channel instability and low habitat diversity in the reach. The Nooksack place name for the North Fork Nooksack River is Xwqélém, which translates as "always-dirty water", a reference to its glacial origin; the project reach is just downstream of Na-e-wha-quam, the camp at the mouth of Canyon Creek. The Wildcat reach ranked highest among North Fork reaches in terms of potential restoration benefit. This project was the third and final phase of a larger project designed to: (1) increase the low-flow connectivity and habitat diversity of Wildcat side channels and other floodplain habitats; and (2) to increase channel stability and protect and encourage growth of maturing forested islands in the main channel. The project is expected to improve chinook spawning-incubation success by increasing the availability of stable spawning habitat in floodplain channels and by restoring the more stable island-braided planform historically evident in the North Fork. Previous SRFB grants for this reach include: 09-1682: NF Nooksack Wildcat Reach Feasibility and Design; 10-1810: NF Nooksack Wildcat Reach Restoration: Phase 1; and 11-1572: NF Nooksack Wildcat Reach Restoration Phase 2.
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GOAL
Improve habitat
Goal: 0   Actual: 0  Notes: Miles stream treated for channel structure placement
GOAL
Improve channel habitat
Goal: 0   Actual: 0  Notes: acres streambed treated for channel structure placemen
GOAL
Improve channel habitat
Goal: 0   Actual: 0  Notes: pools created through channel structure placement
GOAL
Improve channel habitat Measure: Number of structures placed in channel
Goal: 10 Number  Actual: 20 Number Notes: Number of structures placed in channel
FUNDING
Project Cost
$414,605
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $414,605
Expended Funds $414,605
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 5 Hydro Regions:Lower North Fork Nooksack River
USGS Level 6 Hydro Regions:Maple Creek
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
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Species of Concern
US WA Township:T39-0N R6-0E S02
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
US WA Counties:Whatcom
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ACTIVITY-INSTREAM HABITAT PROJECT PCSRF
Number of structures placed in channel
200%
20 Actual
10 Planned
Number
Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated
100%
0.4 Actual
0.4 Planned
Miles
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