Salmon habitat restoration at Clear Creek

The Suquamish Tribe has been involved with a new salmon habitat restoration project near Silverdale on Clear Creek. The project will add new sorts of habitat features to the creek that supports coho and chum salmon, along with trout.

From the Kitsap Sun:

Paul Dorn, salmon enhancement biologist for the Suquamish Tribe, said the new channel will help mediate high winter flows in Clear Creek and provide habitat for fish, birds and small mammals.

“We’re trying to provide complex habitat for a variety of species,” he said. “It’s analogous to a city providing housing for all income levels.”

If springs spill into the channel during fall flows, as it appears they will, coho and chum salmon could find good places to spawn, Dorn said. The channel also will be valuable habitat for juvenile coho, which spend a year in fresh water.