The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Program is currently requesting bids for implementation of the North Touchet RM 3.3–4.3 Fish Habitat Enhancement Project design package for restoration efforts on the North Touchet River. The project site is located approximately 5 miles southeast of Dayton, WA, on the North Fork Touchet River at RM 3.3-4.3 in Columbia County.
The Project includes a combination of instream and floodplain actions to enhance fish habitat and riparian resources on the North Fork Touchet River. Construction activities will include securing, delivering, and installing wood and rock habitat structures along the nearly 5,000 foot project length, excavation to reactivate the floodplain, constructing a low profile berm, and planting riparian trees and shrubs from whips.
The primary objective of the project is to enhance habitat for native fish and wildlife by recreating more natural ecosystem function throughout the site. A more naturally functioning ecosystem is characterized by increased flood storage capacity, increased hyporheic and floodplain connectivity, dissipation of flood energy, and channel aggradation.