Lower Canyon Creek Phase 2 Logjams
#12-WC-RCO1521 #12-WC-RCO1521
 North Fork Tributaries Restoration Fish Passage Restoration Lower Canyon Creek Phase 2 Logjams
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 3/1/2013 End Date: 12/31/2015
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
Canyon Creek in the North Fork Nooksack River, Whatcom County, is a major early Chinook tributary identified for priority actions (access, habitat diversity and complexity) in the WRIA 1 Salmonid Recovery Plan (2005). Restoration efforts in the lower mile began in earnest in 2004 when Whatcom County and Whatcom Land Trust acquired a small resort and multiple parcels subject to repetitive flood damages. Acquisition of these 31 parcels created the oppoortunity to restore habitat functions degraded by debris-laden floods in 1989 and 1990 and by the flood levee built in 1994 to protect the Glacier Springs community, the resort, and SR 542. In addition to the acquisitions, a 525' section of levee that severely constricted the channel and limited habitat recovery was removed and a bedrock partial barrier to fish passage was modified in 2009. Acquisition of a key parcel in early 2012 now allows a full levee setback as designed under RCO 10-1340. Construction costs for critical elements of that design are not fully covered by RCO 10-1481 but can be implemented when local flood funds and this grant are committed. This grant will fund materials and installation for 7 engineered log jams that will improve instream habitat diversity and complexity (increase # pools, complex cover, gravel sorting/retention for spawning) increase instream and floodplain hydraulic diversity, and retain riparian forest. 60 percent designs are in-hand, permits are in preparation, and construction is scheduled for 2013.
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Project Cost
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $292,248
Expended Funds $0
Balance $292,248
SRFB - Salmon Recovery Funding Board$292,248

Congressional Districts:1
US WA WRIA:1 Nooksack
Legislative Districts:42
USGS Level 6 Hydro Regions:Canyon Creek
Puget Sound Process Units:Delta NKS
Steelhead PCH:Medium
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:T40-0N R6-0E S35
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
USGS Level 5 Hydro Regions:Upper North Fork Nooksack River
US WA Counties:Whatcom
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Project was funded and amended into RCO #10-1481 for administrative efficiencies.