Upper South Santiam Watershed Projects

The upper South Santiam watershed is renowned for its lush conifer and hardwood forests and runs of native winter steelhead and spring Chinook salmon. While habitat has been fragmented by Green Peter and Foster Dams, native adult salmon and steelhead are trapped and hauled around Foster Reservoir and released into the upper South Santiam River where they complete their life cycles by spawning new generations of fish.

Canyon Creek.  An important tributary to the South Santiam River.  Photo courtesy of Jim Ewing.
Canyon Creek. An important tributary to the South Santiam River. Photo courtesy of Jim Ewing.

The water quality is generally good in the upper South Santiam watershed, but creating better habitat conditions for adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead is a high priority for us.  We have partnered with the Sweet Home Ranger District and Cascade Timber Consulting (CTC) to address habitat needs in the upper watershed by adding large wood structures into important spawning streams.  These structures trap spawning gravels, allow flowing water to carve pools in the stream bed, and provide cover for juvenile fish during the summer months and during high winter flows.

Excellent pool habitat created with large wood placement.
Excellent pool habitat created with large wood placement.

To learn more about projects benefiting native winter steelhead and Chinook salmon, see the list of completed projects:

Moose Creek Restoration
Moose Creek Restoration
Canyon-Owl Creek Steelhead Habitat Enhancement
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Soda Fork Steelhead Habitat Enhancement

 

Mission: To involve local people in the enhancement and protection of the South Santiam watershed for the social and economic benefit of its landowners, managers, and users.