Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
BNSF Skykomish NRD Settlement Restoration Sites
Lower Skykomish Geomorphic Assessment
The project provided funding for a geomorphic reach analysis for the Lower Skykomish River. The study purpose is to identify water and sediment transport processes and channel configurations that affect habitat formation and restoration opportunities for salmon spawning and rearing. The analysis was done on 13 ½ miles of the river between Sultan and the confluence with the Snoqualmie River, which is important spawning and rearing habitat for Skykomish Chinook salmon. The geomorphic analyses were key to understanding the reach scale processes that control the quality, quantity and persistence of juvenile salmon habitat in this area. The results from this study can be used to evaluate the opportunities and risks of specific restoration activities that are designed to improve juvenile salmon and spawning habitats. The work was done by R2 Resource Consultants to assist Snohomish County Surface Water Management program to identify feasible and sustainable projects that work with natural river processes in the Lower Skykomish River.
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