Habitat Restoration

Quatse River

The Quatse River was NVISEA's focus for habitat restoration during the summers of 2004 through 2006. Forty-two large woody debris (LWD) and thirteen boulder structures were installed over 3.4 kilometres beginning 930 metres from the Quatse's tidal boundary. This created approximately 13,570 square metres of enhanced habitat, at a cost of $135,882.28

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Funding partners were significant and included the Pacific Salmon Foundation, BHP-Billiton, Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Greater Georgia Basin Steelhead Recovery Program, Ministry of Transportation, B.C. Hydro, Kwakiutl First Nation, Port Hardy Fish and Wildlife Club and Weyerhaueser. Community in-kind contributions came from Boris the Mechanic, K.Pearson Contracting, RockPro, Spike Top Cedar Products, Mill and Timber Products, JMC Forest Maintenance and the Quatse River Campground.

These activities fully implemented all feasible structures prescribed in the 2003 LGLreport titled "Fish Habitat Assessments and Rehabilitation Designs for the Quatse River Watershed, B.C." In total, 168 LWD pieces, 63 rootwads and 411 boulders were added as habitat to the Quatse River. The rehabilitation designs target primarily the rearing and overwintering habitats of salmonids, in particular coho salmon, steelhead/rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. Secondarily, the structures will stabilize the channel and reduce erosion.