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MidCoast Watersheds Council 2022 Projects Update, and Beyond!

MidCoast Watersheds Council (MCWC) has been improving salmon habitat throughout the central Oregon coast through major restoration projects since 1996. The work of MCWC work is as strong as ever, with several major projects scheduled to be completed this summer (2022) and even more being engineered and designed for the future. We will be sharing about these projects at our upcoming virtual community meeting.

Most work this summer is taking place in the Alsea and Siletz River basins. In the Alsea River basin, we will be restoring fish passage on Bummer Creek by repairing an impassable drop off (aka “head cut”) caused by extreme erosion and improving habitat on Mill Creek by installing large wood structures. Designs are being engineered to follow up the wood placement by replacing culverts on Beaty Creek, a tributary to Mill Creek, to improve the connectivity and quality of habitat in the system. Designs are also being engineered to reconnect a seasonal wetland called Honey Grove Oxbow near Alsea. In the Siletz River basin, large wood will be installed in Rock Creek. Designs are being created to allow the tides to flow over Drift Creek where it drains into Siletz Bay to restore estuary habitat.

MCWC and partners are dramatically expanding work in the estuaries of the Yaquina and Alsea rivers in the coming years because of the major ecological significance of the places that rivers run into the ocean. This will be building on past and current work in these estuaries, including habitat reconnection, wood placement, and plantings like those in Poole Slough in the Yaquina Bay. We preview projects that will be implemented in the next few years.

Join us on Thursday August 4th at 6:30 PM to hear from Council Coordinator, Evan Hayduk, about the status of these projects and the ecological importance of projects like these. You can join by registering via Zoom at the following link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtce6vrj8jHdKMJCfIewjC4ACBJh7GQgrp
Or stream it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChCse-DHDTEcrHjKCT4onrA

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