North Fork Nooksack Lone Tree Phase II Restoration
#08-NIT-RCO1943 #08-NIT-RCO1943
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed (Project Funded)
Schedule Start Date: 4/1/2009 End Date: 2/28/2011
Priority 1
Category Category: Restoration Projects
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This project designed and constructed  four large and three small logjams on the left and right banks of the North Fork Nooksack River at RM 53 in order to roughen the floodplain, encourage channel island and side channel development, and encourage flow into a 1.1 km side channel that was the focus of Phase I (07-1802R). The three small logjams were constructed on the right bank of the enhanced side channel to increase channel diversity and ocver. The project should increase stable spawning habitat and help to protect incipient channel islands in the reach.  North Fork/Middle Fork Nooksack early Chinook comprise an independent population of Puget Sound Chinook, and recovery is considered critical to recovery of the ESU.

The WRIA 1 Salmonid Recovery Plan identifies the lower North Fork reach as the highest habitat restoration priority and channel instability as the highest priority limiting factor for NF/MF Nooksack early Chinook. A recent assessment of North Fork habitat demonstrated that channel islands, and the side channels associated with them, have been disappearing from the North Fork over the past two decades, and that these areas often provide the best spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook. Encouraging the natural formation of protected side channels is expected to boost egg-to-fry survival, and the growth of channel islands is expected to reset a natural process of logjam formation that has been interrupted by past land use practices. The project will take advantage of natural processes to encourage vegetation establishment and growth, resulting in more protected stable side channel habitat.
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The objectives for the project are to: 1) provide stable hard points behind which vegetation can establish and mature, to reset the process of floodplain and channel island formation, and 2) shift braided habitat to more stable side-channel habitat by encouraging channel island stability. Measure: Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles Notes: Total Miles of instream habitat treated
Pools Created through Channel Structure Placement
Goal: 0   Actual: 0 
Number Structures Placed in Channel Measure: Number of structures placed in channel
Goal: 0 Number  Actual: 13 Number
Miles Streambank Stabilized Measure: Miles of Streambank Stabilized
Goal: 0 Miles  Actual: 0 Miles
Project Cost
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $213,579
Expended Funds $213,578.55
Balance $0.45

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:T40-0N R6-0E S27
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
US WA Counties:Whatcom
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Miles of Streambank Stabilized 00.24 Miles
Number of structures placed in channel 13 Number
Total Miles Of Instream Habitat Treated 00.24 Miles