Aquatic Restoration Projects 2009-2011
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Aquatic Restoration Projects 2009-2011 

Aquatic Restoration Projects (2009-2011)

OS-012: Tommy Thompson Trail Creosote Piling Removal
An October 2009 fire damaged a portion of the Tommy Thompson Trail/Railroad Trestle which spans Fidalgo Bay and provides extensive public access opportunities to the Anacortes community. DNR partnered with the Anacortes Parks Foundation in their effort to repair the trestle. It was determined that over 90 creosote-treated pilings from the original structure were no longer needed as they did not provide structural support. Their removal reduces the impact of toxic creosote compounds and will also allow for increased flow of water through the trestle area.

DNR Restoration Funds$14,000
Partner Match$57,232
Total Project Cost$71,232

OS-013: Fidalgo Bay Riparian Vegetation Project
The Samish Indian Nation will be completing riparian plantings along the nearshore at two adjacent sites on Fidalgo Bay. These sites both provide potential forage fish spawning habitat but lack the needed overhanging vegetation that will provide shading. The first phase of this project restored 550 feet of eroding shoreline with an engineered soft shore stabilization project and as a result also protected an archeological site that was in danger of eroding onto the beach. 

DNR Restoration Funds:$  5,000
Partner Match: $83,636 (beach restoration phase)
Total Project Cost: $88,636

OS-014: Thatcher Bay Nearshore Restoration Project (In-progress)
Thatcher Bay, Blakeley Island was the site of a wood milling operation from 1879 to 1942. Mill waste in the form of sawdust and wood chips was disposed of in the intertidal area surrounding the mill. Wood chips in the upper intertidal area have completely buried substrates suitable for forage fish spawning. Lower in the intertidal where soft sediments exist, the wood waste is releasing sulfide, a natural byproduct of wood decomposition. The sulfide contamination has been observed at levels that are toxic to benthic flora and fauna.

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group will be leading the restoration of this area which will include entirely removing the wood waste and contaminated sediments and refilling the excavated area with sediments common to the surrounding areas. The restored intertidal area will provide suitable forage fish spawning habitat on the beach and suitable habitat for invertebrate production and aquatic flora in the lower nearshore area.

DNR Restoration Funds:$  25,000
Partner Match: $530,000
Total Project Cost:$555,000

R-006: Fort Columbia Tidal Reconnection Project (In-progress)
The Project is located south of the town of Chinook and north of Fort Columbia State Park in Pacific County, Washington.  DNR is partnering with Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) to reestablish connectivity between the Columbia River Estuary (Baker Bay) and a distributary of the Chinook River—that is, a channel leading water away from a main river channel —that flows through a freshwater wetland east of US Highway 101. Connectivity would provide tidal slough rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids migrating down the Columbia River and would also reduce stranding of salmonids migrating out from the Chinook River that enter into the distributary system.

DNR Restoration Funds$    40,000 
Partner Match:$1,066,504
Total Project Cost:$1,106,504

Link to map and photos

R-007: Streaked Horned Lark and Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration
In cooperation with State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), DNR is working to improve habitat within Grays Harbor County for the state-listed ‘endangered’ streaked horned lark, and the federally listed ‘threatened’ snowy plover.  Damon Point is an expansive sand spit located on the southeastern tip of the Ocean Shores Peninsula just south of the city of Ocean Shores.  It consists of approximately 60 acres and is one mile long and half a mile wide.  The sand spit is occupied by the streaked horned lark (federal candidate) and the snowy plover.  The site is extensively covered by Scot's broom and breeding sites of these birds is limited to areas without this invasive shrub.  WDFW has become concerned that the Scot's broom is expanding into areas where streaked horned larks have been breeding.  WDFW surveyed for streaked horned lark and snowy plover in 2010, and, over part of Damon Point , followed up surveys with Scot's broom control in late summer 2010. In 2011 and 2012, surveys will indicate whether larks or plovers use areas where Scot's broom has been controlled.

DNR Restoration Funds:$4,000 
Partner Match:$   750
Total Project Cost:$4,750

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R-008: Spokane River Riparian Restoration (In-progress)
DNR is helping support the restoration of the City of Spokane’s River Walk Park.  This project is located in the City of Spokane in the Peaceful Valley Neighborhood along the Spokane River. The riverfront along the edge of Peaceful Valley Neighborhood has been devoid of a native vegetation buffer for many years.  The area had been disturbed by urban development and there is armored shoreline in various portions of the native planting project area.  The funding will support the purchase, planting, and maintenance of native trees that will be planted in the riparian corridor. Native plantings in the riparian corridor are important for salmon.  The plants help create shade and cooler river temperature as well as provide a food source. 

DNR Restoration Funds$20,000 
Partner Match$20,000
Total Project Cost$40,000

Link to map and photos

SH-016: Lake Union Waterway 18 Shoreline Restoration
DNR partnered with the Seattle Parks Foundation and many others to support the restoration of Waterway 18. Waterway 18 is located at 2199 Northlake Way in Seattle in Lake Union.  The project restored important shoreline habitat for migrating salmonids.  Concrete armoring was removed and replaced with a cobble/gravel mix and native vegetation. The shoreline was re-contoured to help attenuate wave energy and increase shallow-water habitat.  The native vegetation will increase shade and allochtonous input of detritus and insects. 

DNR Restoration Funds:$  25,000
Partner Match:    $  79,554
Total Project Cost:$104,554

Link to map and photos

SH-018 Whitney Bridge Park Riparian Restoration
The project is located along the riparian zone of the Green River within King County’s Whitney Bridge Park. This project will restore a riparian zone of the Green River by removing and controlling invasive plants such as blackberries, planting native trees and shrubs, and actively maintaining the site for a minimum of five years.  The project will result in the enhancement of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitat.  The project will help restore important riparian habitat for Chinook and steelhead salmon by restoring the native vegetation which will increase shade and the input of detritus and insects into the river. Approximately 3,000 trees and shrubs will be planted including western redcedar, black cottonwood, bigleaf maple, snowberry, Nootka rose, and Scouler's willow. The riparian zone will be planted up to 100 feet from the river, and up to 2,500 feet in length. This project will involve community volunteers for the planting portion of the project.

DNR Restoration Funds:$20,000
Partner Match:$20,000
Total Project Cost:$40,000

Link to map and photos

SH-019: Derelict Fishing Gear Removal
DNR is helping fund the Northwest Straits Foundation’s Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project.  The Northwest Stratis Initiative has already removed more than 1,000 derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound.  In those nets the Initiative has documented more than 100,000 animals entangled in the gear, including marine mammals, marine birds, priority fish species, and commuercially valuable invertebrates.  Removing derelict nets is the only way to eliminate this direct source of mortatlity to marine species. Under their current removal efforts more than 90 percent of legacy derelict fishing nets will be removed from high prioirty areas in Puget Sound, effectively eliminating this major source of marine species mortality and habitat damage. This will allow the marine habitat to recover naturally over time.

DNR Restoration Funds:$ 15,000
Total Project Cost:$4.5 million

Link to map and photos

SH-020: Marine Station Dock Removal
DNR is funding and managing the removal of a derelict creosote-treated dock at the old Marine Station. The removal will open up more than 10,000 square feet of nearshore and remove over 230 creosote-treated pilings from Budd Inlet, just north of Olympia. Removal of this dock will help improve water quality and shoreline habitat for surf smelt and migrating juvenile salmonids.

Total Project Cost:$370,000 

Link to map and photos

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Monica Shoemaker
Aquatics Restoration Manager
DNR Aquatics -- Shoreline District


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