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Human actions can and do threaten the clean, healthy and cool water salmon need to survive, so improving stream habitat is a key component of LCFEG's mission.
 

 

Project Highlight: Hamilton Creek

Prior to restoration efforts, lower Hamilton Creek contained a uniform, single thread channel lacking any defining habitat features to scour pools, sort spawning gravels or refuge areas for young juvenile salmon.  Since 2005, the LCFEG has received support by SRFB, BPA, and WDFW to place hundreds of logs, create multiple side channels and expand groundwater-fed chum spawning.   Since the 2011 restoration of the Hamilton Springs chum channel, we have seen a huge increase in chum usage and observed spawning throughout the entire groundwater fed channel.

Hamilton Creek’s main stem has received habitat complexity treatments with the placement of hundreds of logs and the construction of logjams.  This once ‘featureless’ 4,500 foot reach of Hamilton Creek is now filled with numerous logjams, side channel complexity and groundwater fed spawning habitat benefiting ESA-listed threatened populations of Lower Columbia River chum, winter steelhead, Chinook and Coho.


Project Highlight: Lee Fish Passage Project

The Lee fish passage project site was located on Mason Creek which empties into the East Fork Lewis River.  A 6-ft round corrugated culvert at the private road creek crossing periodically restricted passage for populations of Coho and Steelhead juveniles.  The landowners repeatedly encountered issues each spring when the undersized culvert mouth would plug with debris and over topped the roadway.

After being surveyed a design was created to replace the culvert with a 50’ x 12’ prefabricated steel bridge.  LCFEG worked closely with the utility district during the project to ensure water, electrical and telephone lines routed beneath the stream bed were not damaged or disturbed and despite the extra processes required the project didn’t suffer delays.  Post construction, fish passage has been restored to 4.6 miles of Mason Creek, critically important to native Steelhead and Coho populations.

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