Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program: Phase 1

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  • Overview
    Overview
    Phase 1 projects will address bank erosion in Braided Reach 1. The erosion is contributing to sediment loading and degrading habitat downstream. Reducing it—through the installation of bank structures and vegetation—will also provide benefits to the aquatic habitat by increasing or providing overhanging bank cover, shade and channel margin complexity.
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  • Descriptions
    Phase 1 Project Descriptions

    Main Channel Right Bank Restoration
    The restoration plan for the Kootenai River right bank consists of 1,050 feet of restoration treatments along an exposed gravel bar adjacent to a steep eroding bank. Measures include streambank restoration, floodplain construction and habitat improvement using bioengineering techniques and large wood placement. Right bank treatments are divided into lower elevation and upper elevation bank treatments. In general, lower elevation bank restoration treatments address the riparian area below 32,000 cfs. Water surface elevation and upper elevation bank restoration treatments address the upland area above this level. Proposed treatments will create conditions that increase channel margin roughness, promote floodplain accretion, and support the establishment of riparian vegetation on re-graded banks. The site will be protected by a riparian exclosure fence.
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    Right Side Channel Restoration
    The restoration plan for the right side channel includes 1,900 feet of restoration treatments in an existing side channel. The restoration will address side channel aquatic habitat conditions by creating pool habitat, improving bank cover, and enhancing hydraulic complexity. These treatments include installing bank structures, constructing and revegetation of floodplain surfaces and modifying side channel geometry by controlling the inlet flow capacity from the mainstem Kootenai River. Bank structures will be installed along the margins of the existing base flow water surface in the side channel in order to narrow the effective width in combination with floodplain creation and bioengineering. The site will be protected by a riparian exclosure fence.
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    Left Bank/Side Channel Restoration
    The restoration plan for the Kootenai River left bank includes 800 feet of restoration treatments upstream and downstream of a developing floodplain island that is threatened by enlargement of a small side channel. Proposed bank restoration treatments will create site conditions that increase channel margin roughness, promote floodplain accretion, protect developing floodplain vegetation and enhance off-channel wetlands in side channel backwater habitats.
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    Phase 1 Site Map and Photo
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  • Timeline
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    Phase 1 General Timeline
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Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3519

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