A strategic approach to stream habitat restoration
The Entiat Valley is legendary for its natural beauty and strong sense of community and a healthy river is a fundamental part of this beauty. That’s why public agencies and Entiat landowners are working together to protect and restore the Entiat River. These activities include: providing new habitat for juvenile steelhead and Chinook salmon, planting miles of new riparian vegetation and assisting agricultural producers with irrigation efficiencies.
In order to determine whether these efforts are providing the benefits there were designed for, in particular salmon habitat, a program of restoration and monitoring began in the Entiat in 2010. This program established a schedule of habitat restoration project location and timing coordinated with intensive monitoring efforts. This strategy is referred to as an Intensively Monitored Watershed, or IMW, and relies heavily on the cooperation of project partners and private landowners.
Under the Entiat IMW approach, construction of habitat restoration projects and monitoring are tightly coordinated to maximize the ability to detect responses of the fish to changes in their habitat. Project implementation will occur in batches, with all actions in a given year focused in selected reaches. The IMW will accelerate project implementation above past levels and help partners to determine what types of habitat restoration actions did and didn’t work. All in all, this information will help ensure that future funding is directed toward restoration actions that provide the “biggest bang for our buck”.
The first focus of the Entiat IMW will be the upper Entiat and Stillwater reaches when construction of three large habitat restoration projects will be constructed this summer. Ongoing monitoring efforts will continue until project implementation is completed in 2020 and beyond if necessary. For more information on the program contact Jason Sims, Resource Specialist II at (509) 664-9348.
Implementation of projects is recorded in detail on the Habitat Work Schedule website. Click graphic to the right to enlarge restoration schedule map.
Ongoing monitoring efforts will continue until project implementation is completed in 2020 and beyond if necessary.
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