Baldwin Creek Fish Passage & Habitat Restoration Project – Hood River Watershed Group
Mid-Columbia Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon
Hood River Watershed Group and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs have prioritized the Lower East Fork Hood River and Baldwin Creek for their potential to support threatened steelhead and salmon habitat. Restoring continuous fish passage to up to two miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead on Baldwin Creek will provide significant ecological lift in the Lower East Fork Hood River subbasin, increasing the presence and abundance of native fish above the barriers. In a watershed with limited cold, clearwater habitat, creating passage at the barriers will provide critical year-round habitat, with particular importance during low summer flows and high velocity winter flows. This type of habitat will become increasingly important as climate change emphasizes these extremes. Channel, floodplain, and riparian restoration will increase quality and amount of habitat throughout the project reach where there are currently limited rest areas, no large wood, and no floodplain connection. With the placement of large wood structures and reconnection of floodplain or off-channel habitat, the project area will get the “push” it needs to increase floodplain connection and restore natural hydrologic processes like nutrient cycling, energy dissipation, and deposition of gravels.
Native fish benefited:
Lower Columbia River Chinook and Coho Salmon (adult and juvenile); Lower Columbia River Steelhead (adult and juvenile)