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Posted on August 22, 2022 at 2:43 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost
After years of planning and months of construction, the South Prairie Creek Preserve project reached an important milestone recently in the effort to improve salmon habitat in the Puyallup River watershed. On a sunny fall day in early October, the barriers that had cordoned off the new side channel from the mainstem of South Prairie Creek were removed, resulting in unobstructed flow and fish access to this new habitat.
Even before this, salmon migrating upstream were navigating their way through the channel-spanning structures that were built in the mainstem to recruit gravel and create habitat features where fish can rest, feed, rear, and spawn. The new side channel has also created a half-mile of new habitat that fish can use year-round.
In addition to these in-stream improvements, the project includes several dozen acres of restoration planting. Over time, these plantings will create a riparian and floodplain forest that will sustain many of the ecosystem process currently missing from this site. Some of the project area was able to be planted prior to construction, but now that the earthwork is done, the planting effort ramps up to finish the job.
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