Why We Need Side Channel Habitat on Our Northwest Streams
- Cool groundwater fed side channels with vegetated shade and woody material cover, are an important link to the recovery of salmon and steelhead in the East Fork and other Northwest streams.
- Side channels provide rearing habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead, as well as refuge for returning salmon, steelhead and resident juveniles during Winter ﬂoods.
The upper 300 ft. of this 800 ft. ground water fed Swanson East Fork side channel is designed for chum spawning. Chum fry do not stay long after hatching but migrate in mass to the ocean.
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