The South Santiam Watershed Council will be meeting on Tuesday, November 19th from 3-5 pm at the Lebanon Public Library, located at 55 Academy St.
We will be giving staff updates on projects and programs and discussing some important changes that are coming to the way Watershed Councils will be supported beginning in 2015. For more information please see the agenda here: SSWC Meeting Agenda 11.19.2013
A tour of local restoration sites was held on Saturday, October 12th, highlighting restoration work of landowners in McDowell Creek, Hamilton Creek, Ames Creek and Jack Creek.
The tour was hosted by the South Santiam Watershed Council to provide an opportunity for local residents, natural resource practitioners, and stakeholders to see restoration progress in their community. Tour sites highlighted riparian vegetation restoration as well as in-stream habitat creation and fish barrier removal. The tour began at a restoration site on McDowell Creek where one landowner had worked with the council to restore an acre of streamside property using the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Over 1,000 bareroot plants and live willow stakes were planted on this site in addition to the installation of livestock exclusion fencing. Tour participants also saw a neighboring site where a landowner restored over 25 acres of riparian habitat using the CREP program and installed log jams to create habitat for fish and other aquatic life.
Next, the tour traveled to the confluence of Ames Creek and the South Santiam River, where a series of bedrock and boulder weirs were constructed with step pools to facilitate fish passage. The final two tour stops were on Jack Creek, tributary to Hamilton Creek, where fish passage barriers were replaced and woody debris was placed to enhance in-stream habitat. Tour participants saw a new bridge that was constructed in the place of three culverts on Upper Berlin Drive. Participants also visited with a landowner on Jack Creek who had worked with the council to correct a fish barrier and enhance riparian habitat with native plantings.
To learn more about restoration in McDowell Creek, Hamilton Creek, Jack Creek, or Ames Creek, click here!
Project Manager Sarah Dyrdahl explains the riparian restoration process and how willow stakes are frequently used to provide shade for the stream and to help stabilize erosion in some cases.
Tour participants visit the first stop on McDowell Creek and hear the landowner’s perspective on riparian restoration and livestock exclusion fencing through the CREP program.
Tour participants enjoy a riparian restoration project that was recently planted in the winter/spring of 2013.
Tour participants observe a second fish passage enhancement project on Jack creek.
A bridge was constructed in the place of 3 culverts on Upper Berlin Rd. to enhance fish passage on Jack Creek.
Eric Hartstein, Coordinator of the South Santiam Watershed Council, explains how a series of bedrock and boulder weirs were constructed with step pools to facilitate fish passage on Ames Creek.
Tour participants observe a 25 acre restoration project on McDowell Creek.
The SSWC will not be meeting during the summer. This summer we’re working on several projects including the Soda Fork Habitat Restoration Project. The videos show how large wood is being placed into Soda Fork in order to trap gravels and provide salmon and steelhead spawning habitat.