Riparian/Wetland Restoration and Fisheries Conservation
KWP is engaged in riparian, wetland and in-stream projects across the spectrum. KWP keeps busy in and around our watershed's streams with projects ranging rom assessments to erosion control, riparian fencing to beavers, nonpoint source education to revegetation, and wetland creation/restoration. Some of our recent efforts are described below.
RIPARIAN FENCING & OFF-STREAM WATER
KWP develops fencing and off-stream water projects to support rancher objectives for cattle forage and clean water while promoting healriparian vegetation. Watering access points or hardened crossings may also be eligible projects. Check out our Riparian Grazing Management brochure for more information.
EROSION CONTROL & REVEGETATION
KWP works with landowners to address bank stabilization through the introduction of wood structures to reduce erosion, promote vegetation, and provide instream structure for fish habitat. Where banks are relatively stable and protected from grazing, revegetation can help jumpstart a robust riparian plant community.
WETLAND RESTORATION AND CREATION
KWP is becoming increasingly involved in the restoration or creation of both traditional and diffuse source treatment wetlands. Wetlands can filter both natural and industrial sources of total managed daily loads (TMDL) and have been identified by the USFWS as a tool to improve water quality in Upper Klamath Lake and its tributaries specifically.
Many of KWP's projects will improve habitat conditions for various fish species by striving to improve water quality and quantity in the watershed. KWP also completes projects that directly benefit fisheries conservation, such as protecting critical bull trout habitat after the Bootleg Fire by felling burnt trees to capture sediment and increase shade in critical reaches.
KWP has worked with private landowners to address fish passage issues and to protect fish from being entrapped in irrigation diversions.
KWP supports Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) Assessments in the Klamath Basin by providing trained staff for assessment teams. KWP also supports fish habitat assessments by Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through grant writing and project management.