Seeing *is* believing

Working out of our headquarters office doesn’t always provide as many opportunities to actually get out in the field as some of us would like. However, I do feel blessed that my position with the River Restoration program gives me more chances than most. Earlier this month one such opportunity arose.

With the arrival of one of the newest members of the River Restoration team, the talented Kavita Heyn, I was able to hop a plane (or three) to Portland in order to do some one-on-one training in our River Grants work. Kavita will be heading up River Grants work for the Northwest and will be helping to manage our upcoming grant round (December 3rd!) for that region. Since 2004, we have provided funding to some 17 fish passage and stream barrier removal projects through a cooperative partnership we have with the NOAA Restoration Center.

Despite the fact that, since we began funding in the NW, eight projects have graduated from our grant program I had yet to actually visit one of these restored sites. As you can see from the photo above, this has been remedied. While I was there, the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District was kind enough to lead our group on a tour of two sites we had provided funding for through our grant program. The photo above is the now restored North Fork Mill Creek, where a corrugated steel culvert was replaced with an open-bottom arch culvert that allows access to spawning habitat for migrating steelhead. The second site we saw was an equally successful culvert retrofit on Eightmile Creek.

It was great to be able to get out and meet the partners we funded face-to-face and to actually see what our restoration dollars are accomplishing. If you need funding for your stream barrier removal project, take a look at our materials and keep our December 3rd deadline in mind!