We are pleased to present a new booklet for landowners and other community members wondering how they can help restore the Yakima watershed and the fish runs that call it home:
This booklet is the product of a broad partnership of organizations involved in watershed restoration in the Yakima Basin. A huge thanks to the lead authors, Tricia Snyder (previously of the Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board), Melissa Speeg (Kittitas Conservation Trust) and Ashton Bunce (Yakama Nation Fisheries).
Additional Background on Habitat Restoration
Below are external links to websites covering many of the topics found in this booklet.
The Yakima Basin
Yakima Basin Habitats
The 4 C’s of a Healthy Stream
Floodplain Reconnection Projects
Large Wood Restoration
Large Wood Restoration Projects
Beavers and Beaver Dam Analogs
Planting By Streams
Planting by Streams Projects
Instream Flow and Water Quality
Washington Department of Ecology- Protecting Stream Flows
Environmental Protection Agency – Protecting Instream Flows: How Much Water Does a River Need?
Washington Department of Ecology – Smart Resource Management Means Adequate Water Supplies for People, Farms and Fish
Forests & Fish – Fish Habitat Protection
Fish Passage Improvements
Managing Road Impacts
Additional Resources for Habitat Restoration Assistance
There are lots of options and opportunities for private property owners to work with non-profits, conservation districts, tribes, and governmental agencies to restore streams. After learning more about the goals and ideas for your property, they can provide technical guidance and work to get necessary project approvals and funding to implement a project.
Projects on your own property can be some of the easiest to undertake and can often be completed on your own with no required permits. Work with your local conservation district in Benton County , Kittitas County, and Yakima County.
You can also work with riparian planting experts at Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Kittitas Conservation Trust, the WDFW Habitat Program, and Yakama Nation Fisheries.