Working with many local, state and federal partners, the CTUIR added meanders to this once-straightened channel in Catherine Creek. The meanders help add length and habitat complexity to this prime reach for Snake River Chinook summer rearing habitat. A riparian easement protects the restoration into the future.
In addition to important habitat for fish, the project demonstrated how building partnerships that leverage different agencies’ individual skills and authorities can result in a more comprehensive restoration. Among the CTUIR's many partners on this project were the Grande Ronde Model Watershed, the Union Soil and Water Conservation District, the Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Bonneville Power Administration.
Success breeds success. Another consecutive eight landowners upstream that are in the conceptual design process of similar efforts on their properties.