MF Nooksack Habitat Assessment
#07-LNR-RCO1804 #07-LNR-RCO1804
Organization WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (LE)
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 12/13/2007 End Date: 12/19/2011
Priority 1
Category Category: Non-Capital Projects
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This assessment is being proposed in anticipation of future removal of the diversion dam fish passage barrier, and to guide the development of other restoration projects in the Middle Fork Nooksack River watershed. The assessment will cover the main channel habitat in the Middle Fork, approximately 18 miles. Conducted under state guidelines, it will follow protocol similar to that used in the other two assessments. The primary objective will be to characterize the habitat-forming processes that occur in the watershed, review and summarize existing data and develop recommendations for habitat protection and restoration projects for the recovery of endangered species. Data collection will include detailed habitat mapping of the channel, wood characterization and mapping, substrate characterization and mapping, riparian characterization and bank condition mapping. The Middle Fork is the last of the three forks (North & South) of the Nooksack River to be comprehensively assessed for habitat conditions, and with the impending restoration of fish passage into the upper 10 miles of the river, it is an important time to begin assessment work of future salmon habitat. The assessment will also identify a project for 50% design completion.
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The project goal is to assess the abundance and distribution of key habitat types in the Middle Fork and characterize the processes that form and maintain the habitat. The objectives of the Middle Fork Habitat Assessment are to assess and catalog habitat conditions in the river. Projects that address the root causes of habitat degradation will be prescribed and prioritized from the assessment. The steps in the restoration process follow; this project (SRFB Project #07-1804) will complete numbers 1-3 of the process. 1. Desired future conditions and goal setting. 2. Reach assessment and recommendations. 3. Restoration project planning and prioritization. 4. 50% project desgin and budgeting. 5. 100% design and permitting. 6. Project implementation. 7. Monitoring and evaluation of reach and restoration projects. Measure: assessment
Goal: 1 Each  Actual: 1 Each
Project Cost
Proposed Funds $0
Allocated Funds $182,372
Expended Funds $182,372
Balance $0

Congressional Districts:1
US WA WRIA:1 Nooksack
Legislative Districts:42
Puget Sound Process Units:Delta NKS
USGS Level 6 Hydro Regions:Lower Middle Fork Nooksack River
Steelhead PCH:Medium
USGS Level 5 Hydro Regions:Middle 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
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Species of Concern
US WA Township:T38-0N R5-0E S11
ESA Listed Salmon/Steelhead Status:Threatened
US WA Counties:Whatcom
US WA Township:T37-0N R7-0E S04
USGS Level 6 Hydro Regions:Upper Middle Fork Nooksack River
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