||Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|FIA Project 6425005
||Fish habitat restoration designs for Wawwatl Creek, within the Seymour River watershed|
|Project lead: Mill & Timber Products Ltd.|
|Author: Pacificus Biological Services Ltd.|
|Imprint: Port Hardy, B.C. : Pacificus Biological Services Ltd., 2006|
|Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Fish habitat improvement, British Columbia|
|Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|Wawwatl Creek (900-875400-05000) flows east into the Seymour River Watershed (900-875400) on the central coast of BC (Figures 1 and 2). It is one of only two salmonid bearing tributaries within the Seymour River watershed. This is due to an impassable series of falls located 2 km from the mouth of the Seymour River (Fishwizard 2006). Wawatle Creek is an S2 system that runs for approximately 1030m before being interrupted by a long cascade chute that is impassable to salmon (Cedar Creek Enterprises 1999). Past forest harvesting techniques have significantly degraded the fish habitat within Wawwatl Creek. Timber has been harvested throughout the entire watershed, often right to the edge of the creek. This has led to instability and contributed to significant levels of aggraded substrate, severe lateral erosion and catastrophic events (i.e. landslides), which have impacted the fish bearing reaches of this system. Wawatle creek has been an important river for both Chum (Oncorhynchus keta) and Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) salmon. An analysis of all available data indicates that salmonids within the Wawwatl watershed have experienced decreases in run size (DFO NUSEDS 2006). In an effort to address the decline in fish populations within the Wawwatl watershed the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation contracted Cedar Creek Enterprises to conduct a stream assessment on the Seymour River Watershed which was completed in 2000 (Cedar Creek Enterprises). Wawatle Creek was identified as a high priority for instream restoration efforts, several impacted areas were described as in need of restoration. Subsequent assessment of the drainage was conducted in March 2006. Specific habitat restoration designs for portions of Wawwatl Creek have been produced as part of this report. Included are the maps, survey drawings, work plan, photos, budget and schedule for the proposed project.|
prepared by Pacificus Biological Services Ltd.
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