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Watershed Council Recounts 2013 Projects

Marci Schreder, project coordinator and manager for the Lake County Watershed Council, recently provided Lake County’s commissioners with a review of countywide projects accomplished and endeavored in 2013.

During the commissioners’ Tuesday, May 6, work session, Schreder reviewed the group’s efforts related to watershed restoration work throughout the county.  A total of five large-scale restoration projects – those totaling more than $50,000 in scope – were completed, with five smaller (under $10,000) grant-funded projects also on the books.

Some 24 projects were completed in the Crooked Creek watershed area, involving a total of nine property owners. Thomas Creek also saw a significant amount of work geared toward improving fish passage, Schreder said.

“What’s really cool in the Thomas Creek area is we now have passage at every diversion structure except for one that will happen this summer at the 70 Ranch…,” she said. “By the end of 2014, all the artificial barriers will be fish passable.”

In the northern reaches of the county, fish passage improvements were also made along Buck Creek, near Silver Lake.

The Chewaucan River also saw completion of some 15 stream miles worth of restoration work on stream banks, Schreder said, marking the culmination of three years worth of work.

Forthcoming improvements in this area includes the installation of informational kiosks that detail some of the work performed here.  Two will be installed along the river, with one slated for installment in the City of Paisley.

Dollars invested in Lake County in 2013 totaled about $800,000, Schreder said, which included contributions by the Lake County Watershed Enhancement Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Fremont-Winema Resource Advisory Committee, Lakeview Soil and Water Conservation District, the U.S. Forest Service, Ducks Unlimited and more.

For 2014, Schreder said there are about 13 projects slated for implementation during this year’s field season, between mid-July and November.  An estimated $940,000 in funding is slated for investment in these projects, she said.

“We really believe in the community and our landowners, and believe in putting it back on the ground,” Schreder said.

The Lake County Watershed Council is a locally-organized volunteer-based collective of five groups located throughout the county. Projects typically focus on riparian functioning, improved vegetation along stream corridors, stream bank stabilization, fish passage and more.

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