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Middle Fork John Day River Wild Salmon Habitat Restoration

Middle Fork John Day River Wild Salmon Habitat Restoration


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GOLD MINERS RAVAGED THIS SECTION OF THE JOHN DAY RIVER S MIDDLE FORK DECADES AGO, AND TODAY
THE LAND, WATER AND FISH STILL SUFFER. 415 this property has been recovering from that
4 or 5 years of dredging operation ever since LEADING THE EFFORT TO RESTORE WHAT S KNOWN
NOW AS THE OXBOW CONSERVATION AREA, IS BRIAN COCHRAN, A RESTORATION ECOLOGIST WITH THE
CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF WARM SPRINGS . 711 this is one of the most degraded sections
of the middle fork John Day River yet, 703 we feel this one of the most important projects
in the John Day Basin just because of the critical habitat that is here for the fish.
WHILE FISH STILL SPAWN IN THIS SECTION OF THE JOHN DAY, A LOW PERCENTAGE OF THEIR YOUNG
THRIVE WELL ENOUGH TO ENDURE A JOURNEY TO THE OCEAN. THE RIVER LACKS DEEP POOLS, COOL
WATER AND ADEQUATE COVER FOR SMALL FISH. 812 and we feel if we increase rearing habitat
we ll have more fish going out and more fish coming back AROUND 1939, MINERS STRAIGHTENED
THE MIDDLE FORK S RIVER BED; DREDGED OUT A NEW CHANNEL AND RIPPED UP CRITICAL RIPARIAN
ZONES, DESTROYING THE FLOOD PLAIN. TODAY ABOUT 100-ACRES OF MINE TAILINGS LITTER THE BANKS
OF THE RIVER IMPACTING THE HABITAT OF CHINOOK SALMON, STEELHEAD AND BULL TROUT. Sound of
tour goes here ON A RECENT TOUR, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MANY AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING
THE PROJECT GOT A GLIMPSE OF THE FIRST PHASE AND ITS PROGRESS. ELAINE EISENBRAUN, OF THE
NORTH FOR JOHN DAY WATERSHED COUNCIL IS EXCITED THAT ONE DAY THIS SECTION OF THE RIVER WILL
BE RESTORED. 3526 I hope to see a functioning hydrology I think that s what they re trying
to obtain. A web of resources that are all working together SO FAR WORKERS HAVE PLANTED
ABOUT 14,000 NATIVE SHRUBS AND TREES ALONG THE ORIGINAL RIVER CHANNEL. UNDER PHASES TWO
AND THREE, CREWS WILL FILL IN THE SIDE CHANNEL CREATED BY MINING; BRING IN WHOLE TREES WITH
ATTACHED ROOT WADS TO CREATE STRUCTURES THAT SCOUR POOLS AND REMEANDER THE RIVER WHERE
IT WAS STRAIGHTENED 70 YEARS AGO. 4135 right behind me in the north fork.. er or.. the
north channel of the oxbow This is what we re trying to fix. BONNEVILLE POWER FISH AND
WILDLIFE ADMINISTRATOR, JASON KARNEZIS SAYS BPA IS FUNDING PART OF THE PROJECT THROUGH
THE COLUMBIA BASIN FISH ACCORDS. HE SAYS THE THOUSANDS OF CUBIC YARDS OF MINE TAILINGS
NOW LITTERING THE RIVER S BANKS WILL BE USED IN THE RESTORATION PROJECT. 4304 some of this
is going to be used to plug up the channel again. Some of its going to contour a new
channel of granite boulder creek. ALL THE WORK IS A CRITICAL LINK TO THE MILES OF PROTECTION,
RESTORATION AND LAND MANAGEMENT THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THE UPPER MIDDLE FORK JOHN DAY VALLEY.
ONCE THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE, SCIENISTS BELIEVE GREAT NUMBERS OF MIGRATING FISH WILL ONCE
AGAIN FILL UP THIS SECTION OF THE RIVER, MAKING THE UPPER MIDDLE FORK AMONG THE BEST FISH
HABITAT IN THE ENTIRE JOHN DAY BASIN. 5653 I mean I m a sportsman as well, and I d love
to see huge numbers of Chinook Since we re limited on rearing habitat and we re creating
it with this project. Hopefully one day we ll see that. ((FULL SCREEN PANEL AT END))
mention most project sponsors here Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Pacific Coastal
Salmon Recovery Fund (NOAA) through Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission Ecotrust
US Fish and Wildlife Service US Bureau of Reclamation USDA Forest Service The project
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5 comments on “Middle Fork John Day River Wild Salmon Habitat Restoration

  1. Here in Northern CA, we have rivers that used to produce 100s of thousands of salmon that are now being choked to death by vineyards and other forms of agriculture. Hopefully in my life time(me being 21 years old at the moment) I will be able to see salmon and steelhead flourish once again.

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