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Natural Infrastructure: Coastal Restoration

Natural Infrastructure: Coastal Restoration

Prioritizing the most important salmon and steelhead restoration actions in Oregon and Washington strongholds.

Up and down the West Coast, Wild Salmon Center is working with local communities to prioritize the most important salmon and steelhead restoration actions and then put money on the ground to get restoration projects done. Our science-based approach is already paying dividends. And, with new federal infrastructure and resilience funding coming online, we could see a quantum leap forward for watersheds and communities in the next five years. Natural infrastructure investments mean good things for people, fish, and wildlife.

See our two new videos, including the teaser below, about our work to address restoration on the Washington and Oregon Coast.

Quillayute River, Washington

On the Quillayute River on the Washington Coast, Wild Salmon Center and the Quileute Tribe are restoring salmon and steelhead habitat and protecting the community of La Push from catastrophic flooding. This massive cooperative undertaking will cool down water in the lower river for fish and redirect the river’s energy into historic floodplains away from the village. The Quillayute project demonstrates the multiple benefits of sound natural infrastructure planning and execution.

Elk River, Oregon

Working alongside landowners along Oregon’s Elk River, Wild Salmon Center and community partners have improved salmon habitat, upgraded local transportation infrastructure, and protected working landscapes for the future. The cumulative impact of seven restoration projects on the lower Elk in recent years means Oregon Coast coho are starting to return in stronger numbers and local landowners are benefiting from less erosion and flooding.

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