Bear River Estuary Restoration – Phase 5, WA (2018)
Photo credit: Brent Lawrence
The Bear River Estuary Restoration project on Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is helping to rebuild a healthy, functioning, natural system which will benefit a diverse array of species including chum, coho and Chinook salmon, shorebirds, waterfowl and other migratory birds. The project removed over 5 miles of dike, 38 culverts, 2 fish ladders, 2 tide gates, and 2 foot bridges and reconnect 16 stream channels restoring 500 acres of estuarine habitat in Willapa Bay.
Managing European Green Crab in Makah Reservation Estuaries, WA (2018)
Photo credit: Alan Pleus
Recent identification of European Green Crab on the Makah reservation motivated the Makah Tribe to implement an intensive monitoring and trapping program. PMEP funded the tribe's efforts to conduct annual twice monthly trapping surveys in May-September in several areas of the reservation, including the Wa’atch and Tsoo-Yess estuaries, areas of rocky intertidal habitat adjacent to the river mouths in Makah Bay, and in the nearshore waters of Neah Bay.
Yaquina Bay Tidal Restoration, OR (2018)
The Yaquina Bay Tidal Restoration project was designed to increase tidal influence, restore hydrological conditions and increase sediment deposition and organic material accumulation to buffer expected sea level rise due to climate change in the Yaquina estuary. The project is part of a larger, 55-acre tidal wetland restoration project. PMEP funds are supporting dike breaching, ditch plugging, and tidal channel excavation.
Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Project, CA (2017)
PMEP funding will help to integrate native Olympia oyster habitat restoration into a larger multi-species restoration project in the bay. The project has added 240 square meters of oyster habitat and 1,280 square meters of eelgrass habitat. The overall goals of this project are to return these historically present (but currently depleted) species to the area, enhance habitat quality and connectivity for fish and wildlife, improve water quality, control erosion, and help adapt to sea level rise.
Elk River Coho Winter Rearing, OR (2017)
The Elk River was identified by NOAA Fisheries as important for coho salmon and that the population there is a “High Extinction Risk”. The proposed restoration project will improve juvenile access to Swamp and Cedar Creeks and rearing habitats in these areas, as well as improve the condition of these habitats.
Eel River Estuary and Centerville Slough Enhancement Project, CA (2017)
The project will restore aquatic habitat and tidal marsh on diked historic wetlands and coastal streams, improve drainage efficiency and manage sediment loads to enhance agricultural productivity, and reestablish tidal exchange by restoring Centerville Slough and Russ Creek connectivity.
Poole Slough Acquisition, Assessment, and Planning, Yaquina estuary, OR (2016)
The project resulted in permanent conservation of 150 acres in the lower Yaquina estuary, containing estuarine, riparian and upslope forest habitats. Now 80% of the McCaffery and Poole Sloughs are in conserved in perpetuity benefiting a variety of PMEP focal species.
Columbia-Pacific Passage Habitat Restoration at Megler Creek, Columbia River Estuary, WA (2016)
Extensive historical alterations of the shoreline in the Columbia River have eliminated the majority of off-channel foraging and rearing opportunities for fish. This project replaced an undersized culvert to enhance fish passage and improve access to 2.2 miles of upstream spawning habitat, as well as improve off-channel rearing habitat by enhancing tidal connection to 1.3 acres of estuarine wetlands.
Eelgrass mapping of the Coos Estuary, Coos Bay, OR (2016)
Comprehensive information on the distribution of seagrass habitat in the Coos estuary has been lacking. This project will create goal up-to-date GIS data layers and associated maps that characterize the spatial extent of eelgrass throughout the entire Coos estuary. The project will also assess changes in the spatial distribution and relative density of eelgrass beds over the past decade.
Restoration of Southern Flow Corridor, Tillamook Co., OR (2015)
This project restored 519 acres to full tidal inundation and helped pay for remediation of four acres. The project benefits juvenile salmonids from at least three rivers and helps mitigate flooding in surrounding areas.
Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Fish Assemblages in Tidal Estuarine Habitats, South Slough & Coos Estuary, OR (2015)
The fish assessments analyzed trends in fish assemblages related to environmental conditions in the Coos estuary. It also compared fish communities in two distinct regions of the estuary. The project focused on 9 key species in the area.
Sullivan Gulch Bottomland Restoration, Sixes River, OR (2015)
The project restored consistent seasonal fish passage between the Sixes River and the 200 acres of wetland located upstream of the Cape Blanco access road, benefiting juvenile fish and other wildlife. It enhanced and restored fish and wildlife habitat, while minimizing impacts to livestock operations.
Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project, Eel River, CA (2014)
The Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project took ecosystem wide approach to restoration. It restored tidal marsh and seven miles of river channel and floodplain corridor. It also reduced upslope sedimentation to enhance habitat for salmonids and other brackish water species.
Collier Boat Ramp and Jetty Removal, Puget Sound, WA (2014)
The Squaxin Island Tribe removed a private boat ramp and decommissioned a large boat basin to allow for lateral shore drift along 5.7 miles of Pickering Passage in South Puget Sound in order to increase spawning habitat for sandlance, surfsmelt, and herring.
Restoration of salt marsh shoreline within the Dabob Bay Natural Area, Puget Sound, WA (2014)
Northwest Watershed Institute has been working to protect and restore Tarboo-Dabob Bay, one of the largest and least developed salt marsh estuaries remaining in Puget Sound. PMEP funds helped restore a high priority shoreline property by removing all the infrastructure on a past residential site and planting native species. The parcel has ¼ mile of nearshore tidelands and saltmarsh fringed shoreline and is habitat for a diversity of fish species, including juvenile Hood Canal summer chum salmon and Puget Sound Chinook salmon.
Grays Harbor Derelict Gear Removal Project, WA (2013)
Project funds helped remove derelict nets and fishing gear in the prioritized areas of the Chehalis River, Grays Harbor, lower Quinault River. The project 1) mapped and removed derelict gear and 2) created a lost net reporting program. In 2013, 48 lost nets were removed from the area.
Bear River Estuary Project, WA (2013)
The project planned to restore 500 acres of high quality estuarine habitat in southern Willapa Bay. It removed dikes culverts, fish ladders, tide gates, and other structures to restore natural tidal processes to benefit salmonids and migratory birds.