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Ohop Valley Restoration Project: 2014 Summary


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Brian Combs, of the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, presented to the NRC during the December 2014 meeting. He discussed the Ohop Valley Restoration Project, with a special focus on the recently constructed Phase III channel.

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Ohop Valley Restoration Project: 2014 Summary

  1. 1. Lower  Ohop  Restora.on:   The  Past  is  the  Future  
  2. 2.      “We  surveyed  down  the  Valley,  which   was  flooded,  and  some.mes  we  would   get  into    beaver  dams  and  in  water  up  to   our  armpits.     •  …….AFer  living  in  the  Ohop  Valley  for  a   year,  I  told  my  wife  that  I  supposed  we   had  made  a  mistake  as  I  couldn’t  see   how  we  could  get  rid  of  the  floods,  as   every  .me  we  had  a  liKle  rain,  the   valley  would  be  under  water.  She  said   she  was  sorry  if  we  had  to  leave  and   asked  if  it  wasn’t  possible  to  turn  the   water  of  the  main  creek  some  other   way.     •  ….That  made  it  possible  for  us  to  farm  in   the  Valley,  and  we  have  recently  blasted   a  new  channel,  straightening  the  creek   through  the  Valley  where  it  was   crooked,  so  that  now  a  flood  is  an   excep.on  in  place  of  a  rul.”   •  hKp://   Toger  Peterson  
  3. 3. 2009:  Phase  I  Kick-­‐off  
  4. 4. Fish  Out  
  5. 5. •  8/10  mile  new   channel   •  Over  40  log  jams   for  salmon  habitat   •  65,000  plants   installed  
  6. 6. Phase  3:  Burwash  Property,   2014-­‐15  
  7. 7. Tacoma   News  Tribune  
  8. 8. Tacoma  News  Tribune  
  9. 9. Outcomes   •  2.4  miles  new  channel  =  50%  Increase  in   stream  habitat   •  Over  1,000  logs  placed  as  habitat   •  ~10,000  organisms  moved  and  counted   •  >75,400  trees/shrubs  installed  since  2009     •  ~200  acres  preserved  in  perpetuity   •  Funding  and  partnerships  from  at  least  15   organiza.ons