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1 Rehabilitate Newsome Creek Watershed BPA Project #

2 Newsome Creek Location High priority for restoration High priority for restoration Tribal Satellite Hatchery Facility located on mainstem Tribal Satellite Hatchery Facility located on mainstem All projects are done in cooperation with cost-share with Nez Perce National Forest All projects are done in cooperation with cost-share with Nez Perce National Forest

3 Project Objectives Complete a Watershed Assessment Complete a Watershed Assessment Completed in June 2002 (NPT and NPNF) Completed in June 2002 (NPT and NPNF) Alleviate sediment input and potential input from road sources Alleviate sediment input and potential input from road sources Design rehabilitation for the upper channel reaches of Newsome Creek affected by past dredge mining Design rehabilitation for the upper channel reaches of Newsome Creek affected by past dredge mining Improve fish passage and alleviate potential culvert problems (undersized) Improve fish passage and alleviate potential culvert problems (undersized)

4 Completed Restoration Work Road Surveys Road Surveys Approximately 220 miles (entire road system) has been surveyed – detail specific surveys, can display results spatially through GPS Approximately 220 miles (entire road system) has been surveyed – detail specific surveys, can display results spatially through GPS Culvert Surveys Culvert Surveys All High Priority culverts have been surveyed using Forest Service National Protocol, these have been prioritized for replacement All High Priority culverts have been surveyed using Forest Service National Protocol, these have been prioritized for replacement

5 Completed Restoration Work (continued) Road Decommissioning Road Decommissioning All NEPA and consultation was done in-house by project leader All NEPA and consultation was done in-house by project leader Approximately 6 miles obliterated Approximately 6 miles obliterated Monitoring for 2004 completed this year Monitoring for 2004 completed this year Results look great, no rilling, surface erosion, etc even through our major storm events this year. Results look great, no rilling, surface erosion, etc even through our major storm events this year.

6 Road Decommissioning

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8 Newsome Channel Feasibility Study Newsome Creek has had a legacy of large- scale mining activity creating miles of straightened shallow riffle-type channel lined with hundreds of unvegetated tailings piles. Newsome Creek has had a legacy of large- scale mining activity creating miles of straightened shallow riffle-type channel lined with hundreds of unvegetated tailings piles. We are proposing to rehabilitate approx. 4 miles of stream with these characteristics. We are proposing to rehabilitate approx. 4 miles of stream with these characteristics. Our objective is to restore this section of stream to regain habitat complexity, floodplain connectivity, and functioning riparian corridor. Our objective is to restore this section of stream to regain habitat complexity, floodplain connectivity, and functioning riparian corridor.

9 Newsome Channel Feasibility Study In January, 2004 a feasibility study was done to assess the current condition and provide restoration alternatives given certain constraints (dollars available for restoration, sediment production, etc). In January, 2004 a feasibility study was done to assess the current condition and provide restoration alternatives given certain constraints (dollars available for restoration, sediment production, etc). Project comprised of 6 stream reaches Project comprised of 6 stream reaches

10 Stream Reach 1

11 Stream Reach 2

12 Stream Reach 3

13 Stream Reach 4

14 Stream Reach 5

15 Stream Reach 6

16 Percent Habitat by Reach Length

17 Fish Population Density in the Newsome Creek Study Reaches

18 Newsome Channel Feasibility Study (continued) Five alternatives were analyzed Five alternatives were analyzed No Action – Continued Area Management No Action – Continued Area Management Improve Existing In-Stream and Riparian Habitat Improve Existing In-Stream and Riparian Habitat Waste Regrading, Restore Floodplain and Habitat Waste Regrading, Restore Floodplain and Habitat Complete Waste Regrading, Selective Stream Reconstruction Complete Waste Regrading, Selective Stream Reconstruction Complete Waste Regrading, Stream Reconstruction Complete Waste Regrading, Stream Reconstruction Recommended Alternative was Alt. 4 – Complete Waste Regrading, Selective Stream Reconstruction. Recommended Alternative was Alt. 4 – Complete Waste Regrading, Selective Stream Reconstruction.

19 Newsome Creek Watershed Rehabilitation Project EIS Project comprised of 3 components Project comprised of 3 components Road Decommissioning Road Decommissioning Culvert Replacements Culvert Replacements Channel Restoration Channel Restoration NEPA Environmental Impact Statement is underway as well as consultation with SHPO, USFWS, and NOAA NEPA Environmental Impact Statement is underway as well as consultation with SHPO, USFWS, and NOAA Sensitive plant surveys, archeology & cultural surveys completed this summer Sensitive plant surveys, archeology & cultural surveys completed this summer

20 Future Work Implementation of the Newsome Watershed Rehab Project Implementation of the Newsome Watershed Rehab Project All work to be phased – estimated to take 6-7 years to complete All work to be phased – estimated to take 6-7 years to complete Additional Road Decommissioning and Road Improvements Additional Road Decommissioning and Road Improvements Look to Newsome Creek Watershed Assessment for project guidance and prioritization. Look to Newsome Creek Watershed Assessment for project guidance and prioritization. Monitoring completed projects Monitoring completed projects

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