Cold Creek Restoration Project

Cold Creek, also known as Logan Slough, is a small, year round trib­u­tary to the North San­tiam River in Mar­ion County. The creek flows off of agri­cul­tural fields near Stayton-Jefferson Rd. Prior to 2012, there were sev­eral large deep pools, excel­lent habi­tat for young salmon and steel­head, that was blocked of for at least part of the year by sev­eral under­sized cul­verts. With grant fund­ing from the Ore­gon Water­shed Enhance­ment Board (OWEB) and match funds from the Nat­ural Resource Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice (NRCS) the cul­verts have been replaced with fish friendly struc­tures that are pass­able to juve­nile and adult migra­tory fish and remain open year round.

IMG_3409An under­sized cul­vert was replaced with a bridge in 2012

In addi­tion, to replac­ing the under­sized cul­verts large wood donated by the US For­est Ser­vice was strate­gi­cally placed at var­i­ous loca­tions along creek and are now pro­vid­ing impor­tant off-channel habi­tat for salmonids.


IMG_3405The U.S For­est Ser­vice Detroit Ranger Dis­trict donated large wood to the project.

The North San­tiam Water­shed Coun­cil with assis­tance from both the Mar­ion Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict and with the US Fish and Wildlife Part­ners Pro­gram were also able to remove inva­sive Himalayan black­berry, clema­tis and other inva­sive species that were dom­i­nat­ing the ripar­ian cor­ri­dor.  Native plant species have now been planted in the ripar­ian areas and are being main­tained until they are free to grow.

2014-03-01 12.49.34Native ripar­ian plant species are now grow­ing where thick Himalayan black­berry once stood.

 

Project Part­ners: Landown­ers, Mar­ion SWCD, OWEB, NRCS WRP, USFWS Part­ners Pro­gram, San­tiam WCD and the US For­est Service