Floodplain Reconnection, Side Channels, & Instream Restoration
Mid-Columbia Fisheries is implementing priority projects to restore floodplain function, in-channel habitat, and side channels. These projects are called for in salmon recovery planning documents for our region. Flood waters can carry nutrient-rich sediments which contribute to a fertile environment for vegetation, are beneficial for wildlife by creating a variety of habitats for fish and other animals, increase water storage and recharge groundwater. Floodplains also mitigate seasonal high water flows by dispersing water over a large area.
Did you know beavers also enhance floodplains? Take a look at the role beavers have in salmon recovery.