The Upper Columbia Habitat Restoration Project (UCHRP) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to conduct a Recreation and Safety Assessment on the Twisp to Carlton Reach of the Methow River. This reach spans from the Twisp River confluence at rivermile 41.25 to the Highway 153 bridge in the town of Carlton at rivermile 28.
This project entails placing large woody material (LWM) along the mainstem Upper Wenatchee River in crib-like structures. The length of the treatment will be for approximately 100 yds. however; the treatment will be non-continuous in favor of utilizing gaps in the riparian canopy as well as further minimizing disturbance to riparian bank vegetation for exact structure placement.
This report presents the findings of the Nason Creek Recreation Assessment. The goal of this study is to support the work of the Yakama Nation and partners as they continue to seek ways to balance the ecological benefits of habitat restoration projects for salmonid species with the safety and recreation experience of river users.
This study employed a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to achieve the following objectives:
- Characterize existing boating recreation use levels;
Xapnish Property - Toppenish Creek
The proposed Goodfellow/Chotzen Floodplain Reconnection Project (Sunnyslope side channel) utilizes natural processes to restore floodplain functions in an approximately 5-acre area located along the left bank (north side) of the Wenatchee River at RM 1.4. The project will remove a low earthen berm from the floodplain, allowing water from an existing side channel to access a larger portion of its historic floodplain during high flows.
Peshastin Reach Assessment identifies several potential projects in Peshastin Creek.
This project created a logjam habitat feature to stabilize approximately 800 feet of eroding left bank on the Lower Wenatchee River. THe large wood was placed above top of bank and will likely interact with the river once the bank erodes. This project will restore large wood to this portion of the Wenatchee river channel. The large wood will provide complexity and improve fish habitat in addition to stabilizing the eroding bank.
This fish habitat enhancement project recreates habitat that is below historical and potential conditions. A total of 7 logjams were constructed in areas that would naturally accumulate wood, channel migration rates will be slowed while improving fish habitat. Large woody debris (LWD) was partially buried in adjacent banks and it extends out into the active channel. Buried vertical snags are associated with each logjam site to provide stability and increase wood recruitment.