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The Bainbridge Island Land Trust protects and preserves private property as well as acquires land for parks and trails.

Springbrook Creek

Springbrook Creek Evaluation and Assessment

During the Wild Fish Conservancy Stream Typing work, an impressive number of landowners in the Springbrook Creek Watershed (see map) participated in the inventory - many of them walking the stream with the field crew offering information about the stream, its history or actions they were involved in (or wanting to be involved in) to care for the stream. Springbrook Creek is a historical steelhead stream and one of the most productive salmonid streams on Bainbridge Island supporting populations of cutthroat trout, coho and chum salmon. 

 


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife performed a fish passage barrier inventory of the streams at public street crossings in June, 2014.  The City of Bainbridge evaluated the potential of repairing  several of the culverts in the watershed.  The West Central Local Integrating Organization identified the Fletcher Bay and Springbrook Creek area for focused efforts to address salmon, shellfish and stormwater issues.

With all these pieces of information (and more), and so many partners and landowners engaged and interested, the energy in the Springbrook Creek Watershed was something the Land Trust wanted to capture.  Working with the West Sound Watersheds Council, the City of Bainbridge IslandWild Fish Conservancy, and the Bainbridge Island Watershed Council, the Land Trust proposed completing a watershed scale assessment of Springbrook Creek to identify (and prioritize and sequence) conceptual designs for future habitat improvements and/or protection projects. 

Projects could include restoration opportunities such as removing anthropogenic fish passage barriers and enhancing riparian habitats, evaluating the possibility of restoring the stream to its historical path, and protecting intact fish habitat through acquisition or conservation easements. The evaluation of existing watershed and stream data, collection of new stream data, and a geomorphic and hydrologic assessment will help guide project partners in understanding the dynamics of the stream.

The Land Trust submitted a grant proposal to the State Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which was funded in December 2014. The project is currently underway.  For more information, contact Brenda Padgham, BILT Conservation Director, (206) 842-1216, brenda@bi-landtrust.org
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