As winter approaches all aspects of the restoration project are rapidly winding down and will soon be concluded for 2010. The following is a summary of the work completed over the past 10 days.
Doyon Project Services and sub-contractor Michels Power continued site cleanup on the underground transmission line on the south side of the Coquille River . The H-poles near the south vault were removed as well as the overhead transmission lines from this location down to the south bank of the Coquille River. The remaining poles and overhead transmission lines will be removed next summer during the final phase of the project. Cleanup at the north vault was completed and erosion control mulch and seeding has been placed on disturbed areas.
The Federal Highways Administration and Tidewater Contractors completed the grade raises of North Bank Lane near Fahys Creek and Redd Creek. The side slopes of the grade raises have been cleaned and smoothed and additional erosion control wattles placed at the base of the fills. Erosion control mulch and seeding is currently being placed on side slopes and disturbed areas. The old Redd Creek culvert under North Bank Lane was removed and backfilled and an old cattle underpass near at Riverview Kennel entrance was also removed and backfilled. Tidewater Contractors is currently working to install the final gravel lift on the grade raise portions of North Bank Lane that will serve as the temporary road surface until the road is paved next summer.
The USFWS acquired 500 lbs of annual rye grass seed to place on unvegetated disturbed areas within the marsh restoration project site for erosion control. Many of the disturbed areas have already begun to naturally revegetate in response to fall rains. . Teresa Molino, a PhD candidate, has begun her research on archeological aspects of past Coquille Indian use of the restoration area. The USFWS and Ducks Unlimited are currently developing plans to extend the restoration project up Fahys Creek west of U.S. Highway 101 in cooperation with Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. If this portion of the project is done it will provide anadromous fish passage at two location where it is currently blocked including the culvert under Highway 101 and a small dame feature further upstream.
The USFWS conducted an aerial photoreconnaissance of the project site on October 12, 2010. Some of the photos from that flight are included here.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:36 AM in Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project