Middle Methow
M2 News
Methow Valley News Article: River project should provide year-round pools for fish

Issue 1: September, 2010
Issue 2: December, 2010

Issue 3: July, 2011
Issue 4: January, 2012
Issue 5: August, 2012

M2 Documents

Whitefish Island Project Design Documents:
Whitefish Island—Final
Design Report
Final Drawing Set

WDFW Floodplain Project Design Documents:

Culvert Bid Materials
Baisis of Design Report
Permits for Culvert Project
Culvert Plans

Culverts Bid Package
Tech Specs for Culverts
Guardrail Sandard Plans
Culverts Bid Package Addendum 1

Habitat Bid Materials
Bid-Set--Tech Specs
Basis of Design Report
Habitat Bid Package
Habitat Bid-Set Plan
Project Permit Package

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Partners in Restoration: MSRF and the Bureau of Reclamation

Habitat improvement work in the Methow Basin is possible through a unique relationship between the federal government and a local non-profit, the Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation (MSRF).

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) provides technical assistance to states, tribes, federal agencies, and local project sponsors in the Columbia Basin to identify and construct habitat improvement projects intended to protect and improve the survival of listed fish. Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation (MSRF) has been the primary project sponsor for Reclamation’s tributary habitat enhancement program in the Methow subbasin since 2006. MSRF is responsible for construction management, funding and permitting, and related activities.

Dyke on the Methow River

FCRPS and the Biological Opinion

The Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) is a key player in the quest to find balance for fish survival in Pacific Northwest. The 31 federal dams in the system have brought prosperity to the region by generating nearly 40 percent of the region's hydropower while providing flood control, irrigation, navigation, and recreation benefits.

The FCRPS is operated to support multiple species of listed and unlisted fish. To protect these fish, a Biological Opinion (BiOP) is used by federal natural resource agencies to direct operational guidance. Under these BiOps and other laws and authorities, federal agencies carry out a wide range of actions to help listed fish at all stages of their lifecycle.

Presently, the FCRPS BiOP identifies actions for improving habitat and river conditions, managing hatcheries and harvests to boost fish survival through dams.

The Methow Basin is one of a dozen sub-basin sites whose restoration activities were triggered by the 1999 listing of spring Chinook and steelhead. Fish recovery funding comes from the Federal government and a mix of state and regional sources. Most of the funds are spread throughout the local economy to hire staff, employ contractors and purchase materials and supplies. In 2008 and 2009, assessment and recovery activities in the Methow totaled over $1.4 million annually.