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Nason Creek (Chelan County) Oxbow Reconnection Monitoring, 2010

Publication number Date Published
11-03-032June 2011
VIEW NOW Nason Creek (Chelan County) Oxbow Reconnection Monitoring, 2010 (Number of pages: 63) (Publication Size: 2MB)

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Author(s) Dugger, D.
Description In 2010, the Washington State Department of Ecology conducted snorkel fish counts in a Nason Creek oxbow and two reference sites in the Wenatchee watershed. The project monitored salmonid population changes at the oxbow caused by reconnection to the mainstem through two fish passable culverts.

Reconnection increased salmonid populations in the oxbow relative to the reference sites. Chinook salmon and whitefish populations increased the most. Oxbow steelhead trends were similar to the mainstem. Oxbow salmonid trends were not like the Chiwawa River reference site.

We recommend other habitat reconnection projects to improve salmonid access to rearing habitat.
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Keywords creek, fish, river, water, trend, monitoring
WEB PAGE Chelan County Department of Natural Resources
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Area 45 Wenatchee
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