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Restore Lawyer Creek Habitat: Targeting Steelhead and Chinook Salmon.

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1 Restore Lawyer Creek Habitat: Targeting Steelhead and Chinook Salmon

2 Cooperative Local Effort Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) Nez Perce Tribe (NPT) City of Kamiah Idaho County Lewis County Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) Nez Perce Conservation District (NPCD) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Consulting, Inc. (WCI) Local Landowners

3 Lawyer Creek Watershed

4 Lawyer Creek Drainage Characteristics Impacted by agriculture in the headwaters. Grazing and historic stream straightening and modification in middle reaches Urbanization in lower watershed Inadequate in stream woody debris Past channel and floodplain modifications Transportation system impacts throughout Destabilized by land uses and historic floods in the mid-1990s

5 Impacts on Lawyer Creek


7 Problems and Influences on Target Fish Species Target Fish Species Wild A-run Steelhead Spring/Summer Chinook Westslope Cutthroat Trout Habitat Improvement Excessive fine sediment Habitat degradation and simplification Loss of Riparian Vegetation and Habitat Floodplain encroachment

8 Impacts on Target Fish Species Impact on Fish Populations Poor spawning Inadequate deep pool habitats Poor juvenile rearing habitat Reduced carrying capacity

9 Goals Improve fish habitat quantity, quality and complexity for steelhead and chinook life-history stages Reduce excessive sediment sources currently contributing to habitat and water quality degradation Re-establish stream-floodplain connectivity Improve the riparian condition in the project area

10 Proposed Solutions Completing a watershed assessment Drafting a Master Plan for the lower 7 miles of the watershed Developing final channel restoration project designs Implementing final channel restoration projects Monitoring and evaluating fish and channel responses to restoration projects


12 to Other Projects Relation to Other Projects Lawyer Creek Floodplain Mitigation Project NRCS/Nez Perce Conservation District Agricultural Headwaters Watershed Assessment Habitat Restoration Projects in the Clearwater Basin Newsome Creek Watershed Restoration Project:sediment abatement measures Mill Creek Watershed Restoration Project: riparian habitat restoration Meadow Creek Watershed Restoration: riparian habitat restoration Red River Watershed Restoration: channel reconstruction and riparian habitat restoration Other scheduled TMDL and watershed assessments in the Clearwater Basin

13 Restore Lawyer Creek… bring harmony back to the watershed

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