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 Island, Wild 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.
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, email@example.com