Klickitat Watershed Enhancement Project (KWEP) focuses on restoration,
enhancement and protection of aquatic habitats in the Klickitat River
and its tributaries to support native anadromous fish production. The
goal of the KWEP, in keeping with the objectives of the Klickitat
Subbasin Plan, the Klickitat
Lead Entity Salmon Recovery Strategy and the 1994 NPCC
Fish and Wildlife Program, is to restore watershed health to aid
recovery of salmonid stocks in the Klickitat Subbasin.
Restoration activities are aimed at restoring stream processes by removing or mitigating watershed perturbances and improving habitat conditions and water quality.
Protection activities complement restoration efforts within the subbasin by securing refugia and preventing degradation of habitat.
Actions under these projects include instream large woody debris placement (for example, see video of the White Creek large wood placement project here), culvert replacements and other passage improvements, forest road rehabilitation, floodplain reconnection, and habitat acquisition; all of these habitat actions are consistent with objectives described in the Klickitat Subbasin Plan (NPCC 2004, pp. 333-352).
and data management are also crucial components of the KWEP Program. Cooperation
with state, Federal, tribal, and private entities ensures maximum effectiveness
in 90% of the off-reservation project area in private ownership.
Interactive map of project sites