Restoration of the Middle Hoquiam Watershed
#120-23-002 U #120-23-002 U
Organization Chehalis Basin Lead Entity
Status Completed
Schedule Start Date: 12/12/2008 End Date: 12/31/2022
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The Grays Harbor Conservation District completed a major project in 2021 by restoring tidal flow to a Sitka spruce wetland along the Middle Hoquiam River. The project is the culmination of more than a decade of work in which the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust bought the land and partnered with the conservation district to reconnect the wetland to the Middle Hoquiam River. The wetland and stream channels were blocked by the logging railroad and log dump, disconnecting them from tidal flow for nearly 100 years. Tidal wetlands and floodplain channels provide valuable rearing habitat for young salmon, which grow rapidly in these areas before migrating to the Pacific Ocean. This project reconnected and restored about 153 acres of tidal wetland and allowed salmon and steelhead to access about 3.5 miles of blocked streams. Streamside forests dominated by alder trees have been under-planted with Sitka spruce to speed the recovery of mature forests that will provide long-term benefits to the river and wetland. The Middle Hoquiam River is home to chum, coho, and Chinook salmon; steelhead trout; and a variety of other fish. The project was funded with grants from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative. **Note: Project #20-1130: Middle Fork Hoquiam Tidal Restoration is also associated with this Umbrella project. Due to overlapping funding information, #20-1130 is not included here.
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