SFEG Online Project Map – Habitat Work Schedule
Map Instructions: Click the + and – buttons below the compass to zoom the map in and out. Click the gray upward arrow on the legend to minimize the legend box. Each dot on the map is a project site. Click a dot to view more information about the project.
The above map is a direct link to the statewide Habitat Work Schedule database. This database tracks salmon recovery across the state and in the Skagit Watershed is managed by the Skagit Watershed Council. In addition to a project map, you can view a listing of all our completed projects through Habitat Work Schedule.
This map demonstrates many of SFEG’s restoration projects in our region, which includes Skagit, Island, Whatcom, Snohomish and San Juan Counties. Feel free to zoom into areas of interest and click on the map points to see what the projects are and to get more information. Each site has a summary page associated with it to learn more.
Featured Current Projects
Cornet Bay and Bowman Bay
For about 5 years SFEG has worked with partners like Washington State Parks and Northwest Straits Foundation to help restore rearing beach habitat. Cornet Bay and Bowman Bay are two great examples of removing riprap, or stones placed along banks to prevent beach erosion, and replacing it with a natural pacific northwest beach. Both projects took out the riprap, restructured the beach, planted new native plants along the beach and are now monitoring the beaches progress through fish seining and vegetation monitoring. Although the project’s construction phase is near completion there will still be monitoring in the future. See a video about Bowman Bay here.
Carey’s Slough/Hamilton Plan & Design Phase 1
SFEG is working with the Town of Hamilton and Skagit Land Trust to develop a restoration plan and preliminary designs for early action projects that can be implemented to improve habitat at Carey’s Slough. Carey’s Slough is an oxbow lake that is located in the center of the town of Hamilton. The slough received inflow from Carey’s Creek, and is connected to the Skagit River at the downstream end.
The plan restoration plan is intended to provide a roadmap for implementing a coordinated suite of habitat restoration actions over the next decade or so. The restoration plan will be consistent with the SWC Strategic Approach, the Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan, and NMFS Biological Opinion on the National Flood Insurance Program. It will consider sequencing of potential restoration actions, including a general consideration of land acquisitions needed to support various restoration activities, and describe a strategy that identifies who would own properties and how they would be managed and maintained,
This project is the first phase of a multi-phase project. SFEG is current collecting data, building relationships with local landowners, and working with those landowners and the Town to identify constraints and opportunities for habitat restoration. We will ultimately identify and develop preliminary designs for one or more early-action projects that can be implemented in (Phase 2). Once we have achieved community buy-in and have developed a solid conceptual restoration program and process we will move forward with developing designs for additional restoration and/or acquisition actions in Phase 2, and ultimately implement those projects to restore habitat in Carey’s Slough and the surrounding floodplain as part of Phase 3.
East Fork Walker Creek Barrier Removal
This fish barrier is on East Fork Walker Creek, a tributary to East Fork Nookachamps Creek. Correction of this undersized culvert would improve fish passage to 1.02 miles of habitat for Chinook, coho, sea run cutthroat and possible chum and steelhead which are present just downstream in Walker Creek. SFEG plans to remove this culvert later in 2015. The East Fork Walker Creek Barrier Removal project is an example of one of many projects that SFEG participates in, funded through the Family Forest Fish Passage Program.
Pressentin Park Side Channel Feasibility – Analysis and Preliminary Design
The Pressentin Park Side Channel Restoration project will restore and enhance historic and existing side channel habitat in Pressentin Park located near Marblemount, Washington. Pressentin Park is part of the Skagit County Parks system, and is largely undeveloped, providing open space and hiking trails for local residents. The park contains both existing highly functional side channel habitat as well as a relict Skagit River channel that was likely active prior to development of upstream hydropower projects, which resulted in flow controls and flood reduction starting in 1925. The restoration project will re-configure a relict side channel located in the center of the park so that it is activated by the current flow regime, providing a 2500-foot long flow-through channel that provides more than 2 acres of rearing habitat for juvenile Chinook, steelhead and other salmon species. Our analyses indicate that the restored channel may also provide spawning habitat for coho and chum. In Phase 1 of this project SFEG worked with Skagit County Parks, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc. to evaluate three alternatives for restoring side channel habitat. The first step of the project was to complete an intensive cultural resources assessment along the relict side channel that is the target restoration area. That work is necessary to ensure that sensitive cultural resources are not damaged or disturbed by the project. The selected alternative will reconnect the up and downstream ends of the relic side channel so that it is fed by inflows from the Skagit River. The design also includes inset flood terraces, a meandering low flow channel, and large woody debris structures to provide complex fish habitat.
SFEG and Skagit County Parks have also been working on a plan for improving Park amenities that will complement the habitat restoration work. When completed the project will include a variety of trails ranging from ADA accessible to primitive footpaths. Pedestrian bridges will be constructed across the side channel, and will provide opportunities to view salmon and other wildlife. Interpretive elements will be installed along the trail system. SFEG plans to involve volunteers, school groups and service organizations in planting trees along the side channel, and will utilize the park to offer tours that will provide an opportunity to observe salmon in the wild and learn more about the salmon life cycle.
Riparian Restoration – Utopia Road
The Utopia Conservation Area protects over 87 acres of creeks, wetlands, and forested habitat within the Skagit River floodplain. It was acquired in 2012 and 2014 by the Skagit Land Trust primarily to protect the salmon habitat found in Wiseman Creek/Black Slough and the Skagit River which typically flows through and adjacent to the property.
In 2013 SLT began a restoration project in partnership with SFEG, with funding from Puget Sound Energy, across 45 acres of key habitat. Restoration actions on site will continue through 2017. To date approximately 12 acres of native plants have been installed the site. This has included field conversion and interplanting in the previously existing 100ft planting buffer along Black Slough. Multiple volunteer planting events have been held on site as part of the restoration process. The site provides suitable habitat for a variety of bird and wildlife species, and thus the plan has included the installation of 3-5 wood duck nest boxes in the riparian forest adjacent to Black Slough. Bird boxes are maintained annually by the volunteer land steward.
About Our Projects
We work with willing landowners in riparian restoration projects, improving fish passages, and in-stream restoration projects. If you are an interested landowner, please read more or contact us at smadsen @ skagitfisheries.org.