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Two OWEB Grants Receive Funding

MidCoast Watersheds Council

At the end of April, we received word from OWEB that our two grants submitted during the October grant season have been approved. We are working closely with OWEB officials and should have grant agreements as soon as the end of this week. Here are the grants:

North Creek Technical Assistance Grant

Civil engineering services are needed to solve the fish passage problem created by the culvert at North Creek and Forest Road 1790 at milepost 5.8. Finding an appropriately priced solution is a complex problem requiring an experienced forest road engineer. The existing 116 foot long pipe, covered by 25 feet of road fill, is found at a bend in the road over exposed basalt bedrock. North Creek has a 24-foot wide bank full width at the Road 1790 crossing. Culvert replacement with a bridge or open bottom arch spanning 36 feet is needed to meet the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) standards found in SLOPES IV. Oregon Coast Coho salmon adults and steelhead trout are known to attempt upstream passage at the site. The culvert stops upstream Fall Chinook salmon adult and juvenile fish migration

Bummer Creek Riparian Planting

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Bummer Creek (Alsea watershed) has been the target of numerous restoration projects over the past 5 years. It was identified in an OWEB-funded Limiting Factors Analysis (LFA) as temperature and gravel limited. To address these issues, riparian planting, livestock exclusion fencing, culvert replacements and instream large woody debris placements have been implemented on a suite of 8 cooperating small private landowners within the sub-basin. The LFA also classified the lower main stem as highly incised, approximately 12 ft., and limited by truncated linkage to historical off channel rearing habitats. Both the USFWS and the MCWC have been instrumental in the development of salmonid accessible off channel wetland habitat in partnerships on the Parker property as part of this larger basin scale effort. LiDAR analysis has revealed the presence of 1.5 miles of diked and inaccessible oxbow habitat. We propose to extend riparian fencing and planting downstream on Bummer Cr to the next 2 adjacent private land parcels (140 acres combined). This is a private landowner partnership with in kind match contributed from Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Funds will support the creation of approximately 1500ft of fence to exclude livestock on the Jackson property putting 7.7 acres of land into riparian reserve.

Keep track of our progress on these and other grants by checking on our In Progress projects page