John Runyon is participating in a panel at CONNECT Conservation Conference in Seaside on April 19, 2018. The panel will discuss how open-source web-based technology is fostering collaborative watershed restoration in the Clackamas River Basin and other tributaries to the Willamette River. The panel members include the developer of the software, Sitka Technology, and Daniel Newbery, Executive Director for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. John is assisting the Clackamas Partnership with the development of a strategic restoration action plan focused on native fish recovery.
Cascade is very pleased to announce the completion of all construction activities and plant installation at the Chehalis Basin Mitigation Bank (CBMB) in Hanaford Valley. The purpose of CBMB is to restore wetland and floodplain functionality, and to restore wetland habitat to generate mitigation credits. Credits will be applied to future projects that will have an adverse impact on the aquatic environment, and that need mitigation to fulfill permit requirements.
The bank site was selected because it has the potential to provide ecological functional lift and would expand on two previously developed mitigation projects along Big Hanaford Creek. These two previously constructed sites combined provide 149.77 acres of successful wetland, riparian, and stream restoration on Big Hanaford Creek; construction of the CBMB will increase the area of contiguous floodplain restoration to approximately 327 acres.
Cascade has assisted with the design, MBI preparation, permitting, site preparation, and construction assistance on the CBMB site. CBMB construction included ditch filling, removal of sediment pond berms, restoring segments of seasonal and semi-permanent tributary streams, habitat structure placement, invasive species removal and native plant establishment. We are excited to see this work completed by our client at TransAlta Centralia Mining. MORE