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:

The Yakima Basin: A Handbook for Healthier Waters

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

Additional Information

State of the Salmon – State of the Salmon – Middle Columbia
WDFW – Species in Washington
Yakima Basin Overview

Yakima Basin Habitats

Additional Information

YBFWRB – Wildlife Habitats

The 4 C’s of a Healthy Stream

Additional Information

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes – Habitat: The Four C’s

Floodplain Reconnection

Additional Information

American Rivers – Reconnecting Rivers to Floodplains
MCFEG – Floodplain Reconnection, Side Channels, & Instream Restoration

Floodplain Reconnection Projects

Yakama County – Gap to Gap
MCFEG – Reecer Creek Floodplain Restoration
MCFEG – Wapato Reach Restoration
MCFEG – Cowiche Creek Restoration
YBIP – Nelson Dam Removal

Large Wood Restoration

Additional Information

King County Water and Land Services – Large Woody Debris as an Ecological Function

Large Wood Restoration Projects

Yakama Nation – Yakima Basin “Wood Fiesta”
MCFEG – North Fork Teanaway River Restoration
KCT – Cle Elum River Instream Habitat and Side Channel Restoration Project

Beavers and Beaver Dam Analogs

Additional Information

MCFEG – Beavers Improve Habitat
MCFEG – Beaver Brochure

Planting By Streams

Planting by Streams Projects

MCFEG – Mercer Creek Riparian Restoration

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

KCT – Williams Creek Aquatic Restoration
KCCD – Manastash Creek Restoration Project
KCT – Currier/Reecer Creek Barrier Removal and Revegetation Project

Managing Road Impacts

Forests & Fish – Road Improvements

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.

Conservation Districts

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.

Benton Conservation District

Kittitas County Conservation District

North Yakima Conservation District

South Yakima Conservation District

Restoration Specialists

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.

Kittitas Conservation Trust

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

Yakama Nation Fisheries

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Region #3