RDG prepared ecological restoration designs for two project sites on the lower Methow River near Pateros, Washington. RDG completed field surveys, feasibility investigations and designs for side channel and floodplain restoration projects aimed at improving off-channel juvenile rearing habitat for ESA-listed steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout. The project designs will address habitat complexity and floodplain function by installing beaver dam analogs and placing large wood in a manner that is geomorphically sustainable. Designs will also address forage for focal aquatic species by increasing connection to alcove wetland habitats and establishing woody vegetation on the floodplain. RDG prepared a design report and cost estimates outlining alternatives for review by BPA and the Colville Tribe. RDG provided technical support for discussions with the landowner, project partners and permitting agencies.

Matt Daniels, PE

Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation
Funded by Bonneville Power Administration

Pateros, Washington

Geomorphic and habitat assessments
Bathymetric survey and hydraulic modeling
Concepts and alternatives
Final design and cost estimates