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Aquatic Land Restoration Projects 2007-2009 


Clark County
R-003:  Lower Washougal River Native Planting

The Lower Washougal River Native Planting project is located in Clark County near the confluence of the Columbia River.  The project was implemented by the Lower Columbia River Fish Enhancement Group and includes various improvements on the main stem of the Lower Washougal River including but not limited to the placement of log jams, root wad placement anchored by boulders, and other woody debris catchment structures.  A 10 acre gravel mining pit that parallels the river was re-contoured to allow connectivity between the main river and ponds, creating off channel pond and wetland habitat.  A 10 foot culvert was placed between ponds to improve water flow and allow for salmon passage during various life stages.  The final phase of this project aims to plant native species along the Lower Washougal River and the ponds adjacent to the river. 

DNR Restoration Funds:$  25,000
Partner Match:$240,000
Total Project Cost:$265,000

Map and photos

Jefferson County
OS-009:  Discovery Bay Derelict Mill Removal

WADNR, in partnership with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC), completed the removal of two derelict veneer-mill buildings located on the tidelands of Discovery Bay, Jefferson County.  DNR and NOSC began scoping this project in 2005 after one of the buildings collapsed onto a known Olympia oyster population during a winter storm; however it took several years to acquire the necessary funding and staff to move forward on the project.  NOSC contributed $1,200 plus in-kind staff time towards an historic and cultural review of the site as well as assistance with the development of permit documents and project review.  The project was funded primarily through a Washington Department of Ecology Coastal Protection Fund grant.

Prior to full project scoping, volunteers assisted WDFW staff in the relocation of the oysters to prevent damage to the population during the demolition.  Volunteers also assisted after the demolition with the placement of straw to prevent erosion in those areas where vegetation (all invasive) was removed to access the buildings.

Removal of these buildings will restore and enhance environmental resources by improving habitat and removing the threat of pollution and smothering for the largest known Olympia oyster bed in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 

DNR Restoration Funds$14,357
Grant Funds$50,000
Partner Match$  1,200
Total Project Cost$67,742

Project map and photos

OS-010: Hood Canal Riparian Planting (In-progress)
The Hood Canal Coordinating Council’s Community Nearshore Restoration Program will work with landowners to upgrade vegetation conditions along their shoreline property at various locations in the Hood Canal.  HCCC, in partnership with other local resources such as Washington Conservation Corp, will also maintain current plantings at restoration sites in Snow/Salmon and Chimacum estuaries of eastern Jefferson County.

DNR Restoration Funds$5,000 
Partner Match $3,010 
Total Estimated Project Cost $8,010 

R-004: Upper Quinault River – Alder Creek Restoration
The Alder Creek restoration project is located on the Upper Quinault River near the border of Grays Harbor and Jefferson County.  The Quinault Indian Nation planned and implemented this project in order to protect, enhance, and restore floodplain forest conditions and off-channel spawning, incubation, emergence and rearing habitats critical to sockeye salmon.  The project includes various elements needed to add complexity to the main stem Upper Quinault River, the Alder Creek Side Channel complex, and associated islands and riparian areas (such as native plantings).

DNR Restoration Funds $     20,000 
Partner Match $1,080,000 
Total Project Cost $1,100,000 

Map and photos

OS-011/SH-011: Puget Sound Derelict Gear Removal
The Orca Straits and Shoreline districts each contributed funds to the Northwest Straits Foundation to continue their efforts to identify and remove derelict fishing gear throughout Puget Sound.  Surveys and removals were conducted in the North Sound within the San Juan Islands and Rosario Straits and in the South and Central Sound at Jefferson Head, Shilshole Bay, Blakely Rocks, south Vashon Island, and Carr Inlet.  A total of 115 derelicts nets were found in the north and 31 were removed.  3.01 acres were restored. 

South and Central Sound removal sites were identified previously and in some cases by recreational SCUBA divers and commercial geoduck divers.  Nets located at Blakely and Shilshole were in the vicinity of recreational dive sites, threatening human safety, while those near Vashon and Carr Inlet were on commercial geoduck tracks.  18 nets and four crab pots were removed and included 759 live and 334 dead marine organisms. For additional information on this project, link here to access the Northwest Straits Initiative.

DNR Restoration Funds $30,000  
Partner Match$33,830 
Total Project Cost $63,830

Pacific County
R-002:  Baker Bay Debris Clean Up

Baker Bay is located in Pacific County within the Columbia River estuary.  It is a bay area that collects wood and trash debris along the shore due to the combination of river flow, tidal fluctuations, current interactions and dike location.  A resident crew out of the Naselle Youth Camp removed any chemically treated wood that could be identified as well as other potentially toxic debris, such as various items made with of plastics.  A total of 19.17 tons (38,340 lbs) of potentially toxic debris were removed from this site.

DNR Restoration Funds $3,500 
Partner Match DNR led-No match 
Total Project Cost$3,500 

Map and photos

R-005: South Creek – Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge
The South Creek project is located in the Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Pacific County. The project aims to restore instream habitat conditions by placing large woody debris in strategic locations within the tidally influenced portion of the creek.  South Creek lacks in large woody debris and has adversely affected the maro-invertebrates and fish populations.  The Willapa Bay Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group planned and implemented this project in order to protect, enhance and restore instream habitat conditions of tidally influenced wetland habitat.  This is the first phase of a multi-phased project.

DNR Restoration Funds $  26,500 
Partner Match$108,500 
Total Project Cost $135,000

Map and photos

Pierce County
SH-010: Balfour Wharf Restoration
DNR partnered with Foss Waterway Development Authority to remove 240 pilings and 23,037 square feet of creosote-treated decking from the Foss Waterway in Tacoma, WA. This project is part of the Foss Waterway Development Authorities public esplanade project.  The focus of this project is to construct a public walkway and access to the water in Foss Waterway. Included with this effort is the restoration of historic structures and the shoreline.

DNR Restoration Funds $  25,000 
Partner Match $280,000 
Total Project Cost: $305,000 

Map and photos

SH-011: Derelict Gear Removal
See above description

SH-012: Lake Washington Derelict Barge Removal
DNR permitted and funded the removal and disposal of a 40’x12’x6’ derelict pontoon from state-owned aquatic land located in South Lake Washington.  The barge was abandoned in Lake Washington many years ago and since then had been an eyesore and navigational hazard.  The derelict barge was located near the mouth of the Cedar River and along the migration corridor for Chinook salmon.

DNR Restoration Funds$10,041 

Map and photos

SH-013: Eddon Boatyard Restoration
The Eddon Boatyard Site is located in Gig Harbor and was purchased by the City of Gig Harbor in 2005.  Since that time the city has worked to complete the remediation of the uplands, preservation of the historical boathouse and structures, and restoration of the tidelands. A portion of the restoration included the removal of a creosote-treated bulkhead. DNR partnered with the City of Gig Harbor to help fund the placement of habitat gravel along the newly softened shoreline. This property will provide public access, information on historical uses, park activities, and a restored waterfront for important species.

DNR Restoration Funds$     36,000 
Partner Match $1,861,712 
Total Project Cost $1,897,712 

Map and photos

SH-014: Waterway 1 Restoration (In-progress)
DNR in partnership with the community in Laurelhurst is working together to maintain and restore a public shoreline in Lake Washington.  Restoration includes removal of 60 pieces of concrete debris from the shoreline, planting native vegetation along the shoreline, and removal of invasive weeds.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $ TBD
Partner Match:    $ TBD
Total Project Cost:   $ TBD
Map and photos

Spokane County
R-001:  Harvard Road North Remedial Design - Metal Sites
The Harvard Road North Remedial site is located in Spokane County on the Spokane River approximately 4.75 miles west of the Idaho state line.  It is one of nine contaminated heavy metal sites that has been identified on the Spokane River.  Historical mining practices in the Coeur d’ Alene basin in Idaho resulted in sediment contamination along some of the shore of the Spokane River.  The primary contaminants of concern include lead, arsenic, cadmium, and zinc which occur in concentrations that exceed human health and ecological-based criteria.  The remedial action implemented by the Washington State Department of Ecology included restoration of approximately 0.5 acres of shoreline by excavating contaminated sediments and filling/capping the excavated area with approximately 1,700 cubic yards of a sand and gravel spawning mix.

DNR Restoration Funds$  25,000 
Partner Match$130,000 
Total Project Cost $155,000 

Map and photos

Whatcom County
OS-008: Northwest Straits Foundation Derelict Gear Project
The Northwest Straits Foundation and its contractors utilized $15,000 of DNR’s Restoration Fund to employ side-scan sonar to locate and identify derelict fishing gear within the Cherry Point reach of Whatcom County.  The results of this work informed the gear removals that constituted the second phase of this project which were considered match for the funds provided. 
A total of 15 derelict crab pots, one purse seine, and 21 gillnets were removed. Gillnets measured a total of 1.37 acres. More than 700 marine animals were recovered in the gear, mostly invertebrates.

DNR Restoration Funds $15,000
Partner Match$22,203 
Total Project Cost$37,203 

Maps of side-scan sonar results

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Monica Shoemaker
Aquatics Restoration Manager
DNR Aquatics -- Shoreline District


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