Protecting High Quality Habitat and Restoration Watershed Conditions

At the heart of our region are 18 watersheds and several thousand miles of rivers and streams that feed the main stem of the lower Columbia River and support salmon, steelhead and bull trout throughout their life cycle.  Since 1998 the Board has help secure more than $60 million to implement projects that improve off channel and side channel areas for spawning and rearing, enhance stream conditions that support migrating fish and reducing unstable hillslopes that cause sediment buildup.  Our sponsors include local public works departments, volunteers and tribal ecologists. 

Duncan Creek Restoration

Duncan Creek Dam is privately owned by the Skamania Landing Homeowners Association, located in the Columbia River Gorge near North Bonneville. Due to changes in the operation of Bonneville Dam, the confluence of Duncan Dan fishway outfall has become a seasonal fish passage barrier. In 2010, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board funded the design of grades to the dam.  In 2013 the project sponsor - Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group, recieved a grant to restoration passage and enhance side channel work for chum salmon.  As a result, over a mile of spawning and rearing habitat will be created. The retrofit of the Duncan Dam fish passage facilities will increase adult passage as well. 

Deep River Conservation

Columbia Land Trust purchased oer 150 acres to reconnect and restore riparian floodplain habitat.  The project addressed watershed function to increase rearing areas for salmon and steelhead.  with abundant food and cover. This project is not only benefits Lower Columbia stocks but also up river Columbia Basin stocks.  Focus was placed on estuarine and riparian wetland habitats, critical to salmon overwintering survival of juvenile salmon. The project complements other conservation work in the Grays River subbasin. 

Cedar Creek Overwintering Pond

Fish First, a volunteer organization in Clark County restored severally degraded spawning habitat, improve stream complexity, and restore rearing habitat on a half mile of Cedar Creek in the Lewis River subbasin. Cedar Creek supports Winter Steelhead and coho production by adding in-stream spawning beds anchored by large rock vanes, root wads and other large wood.  Contraction of this project was funded by the WA Salmon Recovery Funding Board and included a substantial cash match from Fish First.