Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Restores Salmon Runs to Half a Mile of Habitat
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative
Restores Salmon Runs to Half a Mile of Habitat
Pacific County, City of Raymond
The project removed a fish passage barrier consisting of two undersized, perched,
and collapsed culverts in a road fill with a fifty foot long bridge. The removal
of the barrier provided access for aquatic organisms to half a mile of stream.
Inlet of existing culverts.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pacific Conservation District (PCD),
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (WARCO), Washington State
Department of Natural Resources (WADNR), Washington State Department of Fish and
Fish and wildlife, habitat fragmentation; fish and wildlife, declining species
and species of concern; water quality, excessive suspended sediment and
turbidity; soil erosion, road surface.
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP), Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP).
Outlet of existing culverts.
WADNR Small Forest Landowners
Office (SFLO) applied for CCPI funding to supplement their FFFPP on private non-industrial forest lands. FFFPP
requires a sponsor to implement the program. CCPI utilizes EQIP funds for the
NRCS contribution to CCPI. EQIP funds are required to be disbursed only to
private landowners and cannot be distributed to public entities or agencies. The
project was fully funded by FFFPP with no landowner contribution required. The
difficult issue was how NRCS funds could be used with FFFPP funds to implement
the project. The requirement that designs meet NRCS design standards when EQIP
funds are utilized was another aspect that the design engineer for the Huber
FFFPP had not encountered before. Many meetings and teleconferences were held on
what the process would be to merge the two funding sources on the individual
projects. It was decided that NRCS would contract the bridge installation,
necessary access road improvements at the bridge site, critical area seeding,
and mulching with the landowner in an EQIP contract. PCD would be the sponsor for the project. The responsibilities of the PCD were to hire an engineer to design the structure, conduct construction
inspections, and develop as-built drawings for the project. The sponsor would
develop bid packets and install the structure. The PCD entered into an agreement with the landowner. In that agreement the
landowner was invoiced for the amount of the NRCS contract, payable to the PCD.
The PCD will then reimbursed WARCO in the amount of the invoice to the
landowner. Molly Dawson, NRCS West Area Engineer, worked on the NRCS
engineering design requirements with the engineer hired by the PCD.
New bridge looking upstream—Chris Wright, Soil
Conservation Technician and Jennifer Johnston, NRCS Engineer.
The project enabled anadromous aquatic organisms access to 0.5 miles of spawning
and rearing habitat. Road surface erosion adjacent to the stream was controlled
and sediment delivery to surface water was significantly decreased. The
landowner retained access to his forestland. The partnership for the project has
provided the FFFPP the opportunity to install additional projects with current
Scott Cook, Resource Conservationist, Montesano WA, (360) 249-5900 x101
NRCS, Fall 2011
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