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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

FY15 Project
Elwha Floodplain and Fisheries Monitoring Support – Year 6

Project Summary

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will continue to engage in floodplain and fisheries monitoring activities during the historic removal of the two mainstem hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River. Project tasks include maintaining the previously established ecosystem monitoring activities in the middle Elwha and expand spatially to include new sites in the upper Elwha (above Glines Canyon Dam) as well as the mainstem. They will focus on assessments of juvenile and adult distribution, and utilize multiple methodologies to assess fish population status.   The study will focus on the following questions:

  1. Where are juvenile salmonids distributed in the upper Elwha?
  2. How does their distribution and relative abundance vary by habitat type?

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FY14 Project
Elwha Floodplain and Fisheries Monitoring Support – Year 5

Project Summary
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will continue to engage in floodplain and fisheries monitoring activities during the historic removal of the two mainstem hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River. Project tasks include: (1) assessing juvenile salmon community composition and spatial distribution at 10 to 15 new sites in the upper Elwha through juvenile snorkel surveys, electrofishing, and mark-recapture. Juvenile surveys will be conducted up to four times per year and will be focused in side-channels and tributaries in the former Mills reservoir and upstream in Geyser Valley up to the Elwha Grand Canyon; and (2) collecting data on habitat conditions at each study reach, including width, length, depth, and velocity, wood accumulations, boulder cover, and overhead cover.

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FY13 Project
Elwha Floodplain and Fisheries Monitoring Support – Year 4

Project Summary
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will engage in floodplain and fisheries monitoring activities during the historic removal of the two mainstem hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River. Project tasks include: (1) continuing to evaluate rates of recolonization and stock rebuilding for the overall Elwha restoration project through the fishing of smolt traps on Indian Creek, Little River, and middle reach side channels; conducting juvenile snorkel surveys in the middle Elwha habitats; inserting PIT tags into outmigrating smolts and juveniles collected;  and conducting adult and spawning site surveys in Little River, Indian Creek, and side-channels when visibility allows; and (2) collecting data on habitat conditions at each study reach, including width, length, depth, and velocity, wood accumulations, boulder cover, and overhead cover.

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FY12 Project
Elwha Floodplain and Fisheries Monitoring Support

Project Summary
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will engage in floodplain and fisheries monitoring activities during the historic removal of the two mainstem hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River. Project tasks include: (1) continuing to evaluate rates of recolonization and stock rebuilding for the overall Elwha restoration project through the fishing of smolt traps on Indian Creek, Little River, and middle reach side channels; inserting PIT tags into outmigrating smolts and juveniles collected; conducting juvenile snorkel surveys in the middle Elwha habitats; and conducting adult surveys in newly accessible habitat of the middle Elwha; and (2) supporting sediment sampling of mainstem spawning gravels initiated by the Tribe, NOAA and USFWS in 2011 and 2012. Spawning gravel quality assessments will be conducted at 40 sites in the mainstem Elwha River during low flow periods of 2013 in order to determine the long term effects of dam removal and sediment release on this important habitat type.

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FY11 Project
Elwha Floodplain Revegetation and Fisheries Monitoring Support

Project Summary
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will engage in floodplain revegetation and fisheries monitoring activities during the historic removal of the two mainstem hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River. Project tasks include: (1) moving 1000 pieces of large wood from the rim of the dewatered reservoirs to positions on the newly exposed floodplain in order to reduce erosion rates from the exposed reservoir surfaces and provide an increased number of safe planting sites that improve micro-climate (moisture) and retarding herbivory by grazing ungulates; and (2) evaluating rates of recolonization and stock rebuilding for the overall Elwha restoration project through the fishing of smolt traps on Indian Creek and Little River, inserting PIT tags into outmigrating smolts and juveniles collected, conducting juvenile snorkel surveys in the middle Elwha habitats, and conducting adult surveys in newly accessible habitat of the middle Elwha.

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FY10 Project
Monitoring the Movements of Adult Salmonids and Wild Steelhead in the Elwha River during Dam Removal

Project Summary
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will use radio telemetry to track the movements of adult steelhead and adult salmonids in the Elwha River Basin during and immediately following the removal of the lower Elwha Dam and the upper Glines Canyon Dam. This study will inform basic fish behavior in response to the largest scale dam removals on the west coast, providing information to any future restoration efforts involving dam removal and recolonization of previously (or long since) unseeded areas.

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FY09 Project
Ediz Hook Restoration – Phase lll, Port Angeles Harbor – Strait of Juan de Fuca

Project Information
This project was directly administered by the EPA; the project description, funding amount, and information for all FY09 Tribal Implementation Assistance Grants can be found on the EPA website.

FY08 Project
Elwha Nearshore and Estuary Restoration – Feasibility Report; Elwha Nearshore Assessment/Fish Use of Kelp Beds; Feasibility of Final Restoration at the A-Frame Site in Port Angeles Harbor

Project Summary
The Elwha Klallam Tribe proposal contains three elements. The first entails conducting Elwha a feasibility study to pursue design of restoration projects at the mouth of the Elwha River. Feasibility includes mapping of coastal wetland area, gathering of beach profile data, and summarizing similar beach restoration projects in the Sound. The second element involves a nearshore assessment of fish use of kelp beds. Nearshore seines will be conducted in order to better characterize subtidal habitats and to document fish use both temporally and spatially. The third element is a feasibility study of the final restoration at the A-Frame Site in Port Angeles Harbor. The feasibility will include a final design for the funding of the restoration of the upper beach area on Ediz Hook.

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