SF (Nuxw7íyem) DS Hutchinson Phase 2a Restoration
#14-NIT-RCO1659 #14-NIT-RCO1659
 South Fork Nooksack (Mouth to Skookum Cr.) Restoration Instream Habitat Restoration SF (Nuxw7íyem) DS Hutchinson Phase 2a Restoration
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 2/27/2015 End Date: 3/1/2017
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
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DESCRIPTION
The Nooksack Tribe will restore instream habitat in the South Fork Nooksack River at RM 9.9, near Acme, Whatcom County.  The goal is to address South Fork Nooksack chinook limiting factors of lack of key habitat, low habitat diversity, and high temperatures.  Specifically, this project will construct 8 log jams in a 0.1-mile segment of the South Fork.  Log jams are designed to: (1) increase number and depth of pools for holding and rearing; (2) increase habitat unit diversity and quantity of complex wood cover in the low-flow channel; and (3) create temperature refuges.  The project is  the third of three phases of restoration in the broader Downstream of Hutchinson reach (RM 9.6-10.2), with the first (9 log jams) and second phases (10 log jams) constructed in 2012 and 2014, respectively.  This project is designed to benefit ESA-listed chinook, but it will also benefit ESA-listed steelhead and bull trout; coho, chum, riverine sockeye, and pink (odd- and even-year) salmon; and cutthroat trout. South Fork Nooksack early chinook are essential for ESU recovery, but abundances are critically low and immediate action is necessary to ensure population persistence.  This project implements high priority actions in a high priority reach of the South Fork.  Given the adjacent landownership, Whatcom Land Trust and Whatcom County Parks, the reach presents a unique opportunity to restore habitat and habitat-forming processes in a relatively unconfined reach in the lower South Fork.
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GOAL
Stream treated for channel structure placement
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
GOAL
Acres streambed treated for channel structure placement
Goal: 0 acres  Actual: 8 acres
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Pools created through channel structure placement
Goal: 0 pools  Actual: 5 pools
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Number structures placed in channel Measure: Number of structures placed in channel
Goal: 8 Number  Actual: 7 Number
FUNDING
Project Cost
$376,782
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $376,783
Expended Funds $376,782
Balance $1
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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: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
USGS Level 5 Hydro Regions:South Fork Nooksack River
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Species of Concern
US WA Township:T37-0N R5-0E S08
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
88%
7 Actual
8 Planned
Number
Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated
90%
0.09 Actual
0.1 Planned
Miles
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