Looking down side channel to the East Fork Lewis River
The East Fork Lewis River 425 ft. side channel boarding the south bank of Daybreak Park, Clark County, is now providing cool 56 F. degree water for juvenile salmon and steelhead.
Completed in mid September 2013, when the East Fork was flowing at 65 cfs, the 4 ft. deep channel was providing cool 56 F. degree water from 1.7 cfs ground water inflow.
Juvenile salmon and steelhead were observed hiding and feeding around rootwad cover.
This side channel is the lst Phase of 3 Phases for restoring 3,700 of prime fish habitat in the Daybreak project, immediately downstream of Daybreak Park in Clark County.
Funding provided by: Lower Columbia Fish Recover Board.
Contractor: Colf Construction, Vancouver, WA
Design/Engineering by: Fish First
Cool ground water recharged side channels, integrated with main river channel using rock/wood, cross vanes, j-hooks, and rootwad structure will increase fish friendly habitat for juvenile and mature salmon and steelhead.
Side channel looking upstream from East Fork Lewis River
Colf Construction placing rootwads in upper side channel