Pilchuck River Landowner's Guide to Flooding and Erosion

Goals

Goals of this project are to:

  1. Provide a visual tool for landowners in flood-prone Puget Sound watersheds like the Pilchuck to help understand some of the causes and fixes for chronic flooding and property damage from unnatural erosion. Turns out, many of the same prescriptions are also part of the cure for fish problems in the Pilchuck and many watersheds like it. The Pilchuck in particular has a longtime legacy among steelhead anglers as producing particularly robust specimens! Our goal is to restore that legacy.
  2. Provide a catalyst for continuing conversations with area landowners who might be interested in having some restoration work done on their land.
  3. Provide a tool for local TU members to engage their neighbors who might have potential project sites on their land.

Tactics

  1. We utilized exaggerrated 3-D imagery at a watershed scale to demonstrate how hardening, straightening and pinching rivers creates pressure points downstream where property damage from flooding and unnatural erosion are likely to occur, and how reconnecting floodplains and restoring natural features of river systems like intact riparian zones, wetlands, structure and meanders can relieve those pressure points effectively.
  2. We then created clickable detailed inset illustrations to show several different restoration project types, so landowners can get a sense of what project types might look like on their land.

Victories

Coming soon.

Staff Contact

Alan Moore - TU Northwest Director of Habitat Programs

Author of this Page

Alan Moore - TU Northwest Director of Habitat Programs

Places 
Puget Sound
Species 

Coastal Cutthroat Trout

Bull Trout

Bull Trout

Steelhead

Steelhead Trout

Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Chum Salmon

Chum Salmon

Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon

Pink Salmon

Pink Salmon

Issues 
Roads + Development
Solutions 
Reconnect
Restore
Programs 
Risks to Fishing 
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