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Time-lapse Video: 2012 Construction of the Upper Meander Project
This short video is a time lapse of the Upper Meander restoration project. The project site has had some of the most extensive erosion and land loss found in the Braided Reaches of the river. Roughly 35 acres of land were lost since 1934 with nearly 40,000 tons of sediment loaded into the river over the last two years. The Upper Meander project included construction of flow redirection structures that will help protect the banks while also helping to create a series of deep pools to support migration and resting for Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish. Many biologists believe that sturgeon are not currently able to migrate from substandard habitat in the Meander Reaches to better habitat in the Braided Reaches due to current conditions in the river. The deep pools created through this project will be replicated in other projects implemented under the Program, effectively creating a "ladder of pools" to support sturgeon migration and resting through the Straight and Braided Reaches to suitable upstream habitat.

Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Projects Underway this Summer and Fall to Restore Habitat for Kootenai Sturgeon and Other Native Fish.
August 28, 2012
Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Construction equipment is being mobilized, logs and root wads and other construction materials are being stockpiled, access roads are being built, and a fish rescue crew is on call. What’s all this activity about? It is all preparation for construction of two Kootenai River habitat restoration projects that will be built from September through November this year. Both projects are part of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program.

Sue Ireland, Director of the Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife Program explained,
“The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program is an ecosystem-based habitat restoration program designed to restore habitat for Kootenai River white sturgeon and other native fish such as burbot and kokanee. The program includes approximately 10 unique projects that will be built over about 5 or 6 years. The first two projects, which were located in the braided reach upstream of Bonners Ferry, were completed in 2011.”

Ireland said that a goal of the habitat restoration program is to provide the best possible habitat conditions for Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish populations while working with the community infrastructure and agricultural land uses that are currently in place. “We specifically wanted to design an ecosystem restoration program that addresses the habitat needs of sturgeon and other important fish populations without calling for additional flows or doing things that are not consistent with local community values and land uses,” said Ireland. The projects are designed to function within a range of ordinary Kootenai River flows but can also withstand abnormally high flows like those experienced this last year.

The projects being constructed this year are the North Side Channels project and Upper Meander project. Both project sites are located upstream of Bonners Ferry in the braided reach of the Kootenai River. The North Side Channels project is designed to restore side channel habitat used by a variety of fish. Project actions will include restoration of bank cover vegetation; fencing to help manage grazing use; construction of pools, riffles, and alcoves in the river; and development of enhanced wetland areas. The Upper Meander project will include stabilization of a severely eroding riverbank, livestock fencing, and riparian restoration as well as construction of instream structures that will help deflect flows away from the bank. These instream structures will also help to create a series of pools that will provide more diverse habitats for a variety of fish in this river reach.

The Tribe has applied for and received all necessary permits and approvals to begin this year’s construction work. During the construction window, residents in the area may hear some construction traffic and may occasionally see increased sediment in the river. In addition, the Upper Meander project will include pile driving to construct the instream structures which will generate some temporary noise. The majority of instream construction work on both projects will happen in September and October with planting and bank restoration activities occurring in November.

The 2011 and 2012 projects, and the other projects that make up the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program, have been developed in coordination with regional biologists, river engineers, resource management agencies, and technical experts from a wide range of disciplines. Local landowners have also played a critical role by allowing restoration actions to occur on their private land and providing input on the project design concepts. Jennifer Porter, Tribal Chair, said “We’re so grateful for the support and cooperation of the landowners who were involved in both last year’s and this year’s projects. They are playing a huge role in helping to recover the Kootenai River ecosystem that will benefit all of us.”

The Tribe has hired a general contractor, Goodfellow Brothers, to construct the 2012 projects. The general contractor is working with local subcontractors whenever possible to provide materials and assist in different aspects of the project. Bonneville Power Administration provided funding for the planning, design, and construction of the project through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.

To learn more about the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program and the 2011 and 2012 projects you can go to the Tribe’s project web site http://restoringthekootenai.org.

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Kootenai River White Sturgeon Recovery Video (Bonneville Power Administration)
Time-lapse Video: 2012 Construction of the Upper Meander Project
This short video is a time lapse of the Upper Meander restoration project. The project site has had some of the most extensive erosion and land loss found in the Braided Reaches of the river. Roughly 35 acres of land were lost since 1934 with nearly 40,000 tons of sediment loaded into the river over the last two years. The Upper Meander project included construction of flow redirection structures that will help protect the banks while also helping to create a series of deep pools to support migration and resting for Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish. Many biologists believe that sturgeon are not currently able to migrate from substandard habitat in the Meander Reaches to better habitat in the Braided Reaches due to current conditions in the river. The deep pools created through this project will be replicated in other projects implemented under the Program, effectively creating a "ladder of pools" to support sturgeon migration and resting through the Straight and Braided Reaches to suitable upstream habitat.

Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Projects Underway this Summer and Fall to Restore Habitat for Kootenai Sturgeon and Other Native Fish.
August 28, 2012
Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Construction equipment is being mobilized, logs and root wads and other construction materials are being stockpiled, access roads are being built, and a fish rescue crew is on call. What’s all this activity about? It is all preparation for construction of two Kootenai River habitat restoration projects that will be built from September through November this year. Both projects are part of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program.

Sue Ireland, Director of the Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife Program explained,
“The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program is an ecosystem-based habitat restoration program designed to restore habitat for Kootenai River white sturgeon and other native fish such as burbot and kokanee. The program includes approximately 10 unique projects that will be built over about 5 or 6 years. The first two projects, which were located in the braided reach upstream of Bonners Ferry, were completed in 2011.”

Ireland said that a goal of the habitat restoration program is to provide the best possible habitat conditions for Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish populations while working with the community infrastructure and agricultural land uses that are currently in place. “We specifically wanted to design an ecosystem restoration program that addresses the habitat needs of sturgeon and other important fish populations without calling for additional flows or doing things that are not consistent with local community values and land uses,” said Ireland. The projects are designed to function within a range of ordinary Kootenai River flows but can also withstand abnormally high flows like those experienced this last year.

The projects being constructed this year are the North Side Channels project and Upper Meander project. Both project sites are located upstream of Bonners Ferry in the braided reach of the Kootenai River. The North Side Channels project is designed to restore side channel habitat used by a variety of fish. Project actions will include restoration of bank cover vegetation; fencing to help manage grazing use; construction of pools, riffles, and alcoves in the river; and development of enhanced wetland areas. The Upper Meander project will include stabilization of a severely eroding riverbank, livestock fencing, and riparian restoration as well as construction of instream structures that will help deflect flows away from the bank. These instream structures will also help to create a series of pools that will provide more diverse habitats for a variety of fish in this river reach.

The Tribe has applied for and received all necessary permits and approvals to begin this year’s construction work. During the construction window, residents in the area may hear some construction traffic and may occasionally see increased sediment in the river. In addition, the Upper Meander project will include pile driving to construct the instream structures which will generate some temporary noise. The majority of instream construction work on both projects will happen in September and October with planting and bank restoration activities occurring in November.

The 2011 and 2012 projects, and the other projects that make up the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program, have been developed in coordination with regional biologists, river engineers, resource management agencies, and technical experts from a wide range of disciplines. Local landowners have also played a critical role by allowing restoration actions to occur on their private land and providing input on the project design concepts. Jennifer Porter, Tribal Chair, said “We’re so grateful for the support and cooperation of the landowners who were involved in both last year’s and this year’s projects. They are playing a huge role in helping to recover the Kootenai River ecosystem that will benefit all of us.”

The Tribe has hired a general contractor, Goodfellow Brothers, to construct the 2012 projects. The general contractor is working with local subcontractors whenever possible to provide materials and assist in different aspects of the project. Bonneville Power Administration provided funding for the planning, design, and construction of the project through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.

To learn more about the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program and the 2011 and 2012 projects you can go to the Tribe’s project web site http://restoringthekootenai.org.

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Kootenai River White Sturgeon Recovery Video (Bonneville Power Administration)

Time-lapse Video: 2012 Construction of the Upper Meander Project

This short video is a time lapse of the Upper Meander restoration project. The project site has had some of the most extensive erosion and land loss found in the Braided Reaches of the river. Roughly 35 acres of land were lost since 1934 with nearly 40,000 tons of sediment loaded into the river over the last two years. The Upper Meander project included construction of flow redirection structures that will help protect the banks while also helping to create a series of deep pools to support migration and resting for Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish.

Many biologists believe that sturgeon are not currently able to migrate from substandard habitat in the Meander Reaches to better habitat in the Braided Reaches due to current conditions in the river. The deep pools created through this project will be replicated in other projects implemented under the Program, effectively creating a "ladder of pools" to support sturgeon migration and resting through the Straight and Braided Reaches to suitable upstream habitat.


Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Projects Underway this Summer and Fall to Restore Habitat for Kootenai Sturgeon and Other Native Fish.
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August 28, 2012
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Construction equipment is being mobilized, logs and root wads and other construction materials are being stockpiled, access roads are being built, and a fish rescue crew is on call. What’s all this activity about? It is all preparation for construction of two Kootenai River habitat restoration projects that will be built from September through November this year. Both projects are part of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program.

Sue Ireland, Director of the Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife Program explained,
“The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program is an ecosystem-based habitat restoration program designed to restore habitat for Kootenai River white sturgeon and other native fish such as burbot and kokanee. The program includes approximately 10 unique projects that will be built over about 5 or 6 years. The first two projects, which were located in the braided reach upstream of Bonners Ferry, were completed in 2011.”

Ireland said that a goal of the habitat restoration program is to provide the best possible habitat conditions for Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish populations while working with the community infrastructure and agricultural land uses that are currently in place. “We specifically wanted to design an ecosystem restoration program that addresses the habitat needs of sturgeon and other important fish populations without calling for additional flows or doing things that are not consistent with local community values and land uses,” said Ireland. The projects are designed to function within a range of ordinary Kootenai River flows but can also withstand abnormally high flows like those experienced this last year.

The projects being constructed this year are the North Side Channels project and Upper Meander project. Both project sites are located upstream of Bonners Ferry in the braided reach of the Kootenai River. The North Side Channels project is designed to restore side channel habitat used by a variety of fish. Project actions will include restoration of bank cover vegetation; fencing to help manage grazing use; construction of pools, riffles, and alcoves in the river; and development of enhanced wetland areas. The Upper Meander project will include stabilization of a severely eroding riverbank, livestock fencing, and riparian restoration as well as construction of instream structures that will help deflect flows away from the bank. These instream structures will also help to create a series of pools that will provide more diverse habitats for a variety of fish in this river reach.

The Tribe has applied for and received all necessary permits and approvals to begin this year’s construction work. During the construction window, residents in the area may hear some construction traffic and may occasionally see increased sediment in the river. In addition, the Upper Meander project will include pile driving to construct the instream structures which will generate some temporary noise. The majority of instream construction work on both projects will happen in September and October with planting and bank restoration activities occurring in November.

The 2011 and 2012 projects, and the other projects that make up the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program, have been developed in coordination with regional biologists, river engineers, resource management agencies, and technical experts from a wide range of disciplines. Local landowners have also played a critical role by allowing restoration actions to occur on their private land and providing input on the project design concepts. Jennifer Porter, Tribal Chair, said “We’re so grateful for the support and cooperation of the landowners who were involved in both last year’s and this year’s projects. They are playing a huge role in helping to recover the Kootenai River ecosystem that will benefit all of us.”

The Tribe has hired a general contractor, Goodfellow Brothers, to construct the 2012 projects. The general contractor is working with local subcontractors whenever possible to provide materials and assist in different aspects of the project. Bonneville Power Administration provided funding for the planning, design, and construction of the project through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.

To learn more about the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program and the 2011 and 2012 projects you can go to the Tribe’s project web site http://restoringthekootenai.org.

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Kootenai River White Sturgeon Recovery Video (Bonneville Power Administration)

AN INTEGRATED, COLLABORATIVE APPROACH


The Integrated Program is grounded in a core set of guiding principles:

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  • default_title–  Understanding that when dealing with dynamic ecosystems, uncertainty is inevitable, therefore learning through structured adaptive management processes is critical.
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