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Title: Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed, Technical Report 2003-2006.

Abstract

The Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed is a multi-phase project to enhance steelhead trout in the Lapwai Creek watershed by improving salmonid spawning and rearing habitat. Habitat is limited by extreme high runoff events, low summer flows, high water temperatures, poor instream cover, spawning gravel siltation, and sediment, nutrient and bacteria loading. Funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) as part of the Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife Program, the project assists in mitigating damage to steelhead runs caused by the Columbia River hydroelectric dams. The project is sponsored by the Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (District). Target fish species include steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Steelhead trout within the Snake River Basin were listed in 1997 as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Accomplishments for the contract period December 1, 2003 through February 28, 2004 include; seven grade stabilization structures, 0.67 acres of wetland plantings, ten acres tree planting, 500 linear feet streambank erosion control, two acres grass seeding, and 120 acres weed control.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Portland, OR (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
963286
Report Number(s):
DOE/BP-00011573-3
TRN: US200917%%500
DOE Contract Number:
11573
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; BACTERIA; BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION; COLUMBIA RIVER; DAMS; ENDANGERED SPECIES; EROSION CONTROL; GRAMINEAE; HABITAT; NUTRIENTS; REARING; RIVERS; RUNOFF; SOILS; STABILIZATION; STREAMS; TROUT; WATERSHEDS; WEEDS; WETLANDS

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Rasmussen, Lynn. Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed, Technical Report 2003-2006.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/963286.
Rasmussen, Lynn. Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed, Technical Report 2003-2006.. United States. doi:10.2172/963286.
Rasmussen, Lynn. Thu . "Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed, Technical Report 2003-2006.". United States. doi:10.2172/963286. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/963286.
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  • Nez Perce Soil & Water Conservation District (NPSWCD) undertook the Nichols Canyon Subwatershed Steelhead Trout Habitat Improvement Project in the spring of 1999. This Project is funded through a grant provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. The Project's purpose is to install and implement agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and riparian restorations to improve steelhead trout spawning and rearing habitat in the Nichols Canyon subwatershed of Big Canyon Creek. Improvements to spawning and rearing habitat in lower Big Canyon Creek tributaries will enhance natural production of the species in Big Canyon Creek and ultimately the Clearwater River. The following reportmore » is a summation of the activities undertaken by the NPSWCD in the first year of the project.« less
  • Nez Perce Soil & Water Conservation District (NPSWCD) undertook the Nichols Canyon Subwatershed Steelhead Trout Habitat Improvement Project in the spring of 1999 with funding from a grant through the Bonneville Power Administration. The Project's purpose is to install and implement agricultural best management practices (MBPS) and riparian restorations with the goal of improving steelhead trout spawning and rearing habitat in the subwatershed. Improvements to fish habitat in the Big Canyon Creek tributaries enhances natural production of the species in Big Canyon Creek and ultimately the Clearwater River. This report is a summation of the progress made by the NPSWCDmore » in the Project's second year.« less
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