Grant: $1,733,803 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Jul. 1, 2009
50% voted satisfied - 50% voted not satisfied - 2 vote(s) cast
Award Description: Lummi Nation Nooksack River Estuarine Restoration: Smugglers Slough. Activities in support of the recovery of ESA listed species of Nooksack River basin, Puget Sound Coastal bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus), Puget Sound steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Puget Sound chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and other salmonid species. This project will address degraded habitat factors that have been identified as limiting to the abundance, life-history diversity and productivity of ESA-listed chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout, and other treaty-protected species of tribal significance by restoring historic salmon habitat in the Nooksack River?s estuary. Water quality improvements provided by the project will protect Whatcom County from economic losses suffered from periodic closures of shellfish beds due to fecal coliform pollution. Project Elements 1. Expedited 2009 construction of a 4350 foot long containment berm around the Upper Smuggler?s Slough project area to protect adjacent properties from tidal hydrology and increased flooding to be introduced to the area by the Kwina Slough levee breaching. 2. Introduce large wood into the new channel of Upper Smuggler?s Slough to provide grade control and fish habitat. 3. Raise the Lummi Bay Dike Access Road and build a bio-berm to protect Hillaire Road from the impacts of tidal hydrology. This will allow for nearly full tidal flushing, prolonged periods of tidal inundation and increased flood storage within the project area without impacting adjacent landowners. 4. Raise Marine Drive between Kwina Slough and high ground to the West to serve as both the setback levee to mitigate for the Kwina Slough levee removal and a flood evacuation route for the Reservation. 5. Remove 2,200 Foot of levee along Kwina Slough, South of Marine Drive to restore tidal hydrology and fish passage to 543 acres of freshwater wetland complex.
Project Description: Activities on the Smuggler's Slough Project in 3rd Quarter consisted of completing the project preparations and starting construction. Contractor Drayton Archaeological Services completed the THPO site monitoring plan and began ongoing THPO site inspection. Contractor Land Development and Engineering Services completed site staking to guide construction under the direction of the contracted engineering firm Northwest Hydraulic Consultants and its subcontractor RH2. While construction contractor Do Construction established site access improvements and began building the Upper Smuggler's Slough containment berm (Task1), Lummi Tribal field staff began work on channel and wetlands restoration excavation on the 22 acre Johnson Subsite freshwater wetlands complex (Task 5). Upon advice of the engineers we decide to delay wetlands excavation within the containment berm until the Marine Drive dike was completed in summer 2010 to avoid severe erosion of the site during winter 09-10 flooding. At the end of September the work progress had been delayed by excessive surface water due to inclement weather and the need to re-establish construction staking when the survey crew discovered a discrepancy between a previously accpeted property boundary to a neighboring property and the actual surveyed site boundary. Work was further delayed when the construction contractor confronted an emergency situation on another project that drew much of his work force away for a few days. Work on the project is continuing into Cctober with hopes for a dry month. The Grant Invoicing for the Quarter will include only a fraction of the project costs incurred during the Quarter because Invoices for most contractors and Suppliers are either pending payment or not yet entered into the Lummi Nation financial data system at this time. Large wood project material (Task 20 is harvested and pending delivery.
Infrastructure Description: Purposes: 1. To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery. 2. To assist thos most highly impacted by the recession. 3. To restore fisheries habitat that supports traditojnal Lummi Nation economic self sufficiency.
Jobs Summary: Recipient?s work force benefited from the new and continued employment of the following employees categories: · 1 Biologist · 1 Program Administrator · 1 Project Assistant · 2 Program Technicians Recipient?s Subcontractor?s work force benefited from the new and continued employment of the following employees categories: · 1 Project Manager · X Heavy Equipment Operator?s · X Laborers · X Surveyors · 2 Engineers · 2 Archeologists · Vegetation Control Specialists (Total jobs reported: 6)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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