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Toxics Cleanup Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

BNSF Skykomish NRD Settlement Restoration Sites

South Fork Skykomish Restoration Opportunities 

Map of South Fork Skykomish Restoration area

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Eagle Falls: photo courtesy Perry Falcone, King County, Snoqualmie Watershed

This project provided funding to evaluate current conditions in the South Fork Skykomish Basin, and provide information to help prioritize future instream and riparian restoration projects.  The South Fork  Skykomish Basin includes the Miller, Beckler, and South Fork Skykomish and North Fork Skykomish watersheds, which are home to all five species of Pacific salmon as well as steelhead and bull trout.  These watersheds have been targeted for restoration because past land management including logging, mining, road and railway construction have resulted in erosion, flooding, and degraded habitat conditions.

Five technical reports evaluate restoration opportunities and feasibility in the South Fork Skykomish River basin.  As a result of these studies, 118 potential restoration projects were identified, and conceptual designs were developed for 7 high priority areas. More detailed project investigations were done on 3 sites (Lower Miller River, South Fork Skykomish river mile 17.4, and lower Beckler River).

The five reports were:
  • South Fork Skykomish River Salmon Habitat Information Review and Future Studies Scoping Summary
  • South Fork Skykomish River Geomorphic Assessment
  • Lower Miller River Restoration Feasibility
  • Beckler and Rapid Rivers Habitat Restoration Opportunities Identification Study
  • Summary of Restoration Project Opportunities and Prioritization


Karen Chang
US Forest Service 
Phone:  425-888-8758