Skamokawa Creek Community Watershed


Skamokawa Creek Community Watershed Project staus 12.2013

Watershed Resource Concerns

1) Water Quantity (Flooding) – Community agreed that we cannot directly address flood flows, however we can address the amount of damage left behind when flood waters recede.

2) Salmon Recovery- Community not aware of Lower Columbia Salmon Recovery and Fish and Wildlife Plan until it was presented.  The community supported the concept of habitat strategy contained within the plan.

3) Water Quality- Community agreed that water quality concerns exist; most concern was over the observable turbidity issue increasing in frequency and duration.  Wahkiakum CD presented thermograph data.  Community accepted the concern for stream temperature.  The district shared concerns with the amount of sediment that is beginning to route through the lower watershed (response reach).  A significant concern exists with the amount of sediment delivered to the stream system from mass wasting events triggered during the 1996 flood event.  This “stored” sediment began appearing in the lower watershed about 5-10 years ago.  The typical response is the formation of bars.  Channel response in Grehalem Fine Sandy Loam soils with a loss of riparian function as a modifier is typically rapid lateral migration.

4) Invasive Weeds –  The Community whole heartedly agreed that knotweed is a significant and increasing concern in the watershed.

5) Economic Viability – The community unanimously supported the concept of the working farm.  Projects must be developed within this basic framework.

OTHER CONCERNS – The community expressed concern with forest management activities in the upper watershed.  Part of the concern is the speed at which new forest practices regulation is readily observable on the landscape.  The local perception is that timber management practices are proceeding as they have in the past.

The community expressed concerns over whether the Wahkiakum CD could deliver on presented concept.  These concerns included the ability to locate project funding and the ability to receive permits to implement projects.