The Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Skokomish River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project have been released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.
The recommended plan includes a levee removal, placement of large woody debris, wetland restoration at two sites, and a side channel reconnection. Once constructed, the project will restore about 280 acres of habitat for fish and wildlife species in the Skokomish River Basin.
The Final Report is available for viewing online at http://tinyurl.com/SkokGI. A paper copy is available for reading at the Timberland Regional Library in Shelton. A 30-day public review period runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 26, 2015.
Mason County and the Skokomish Indian Tribe are the non-federal project sponsors working with the Corps on the restoration effort.
The Skokomish River is the largest and most diverse tributary to Hood Canal, a 70-mile long natural fjord-like arm of Puget Sound that supports vital natural resources. The recommended plan is a critical element of an integrated restoration effort in the entire Skokomish River Basin and complements restoration efforts being completed by others throughout the watershed.
After the 30-day review period, a Record of Decision and a Chief’s Report summarizing the Corps’ recommended plan will be forwarded to Congress. Final design and construction of the project is contingent on Congress providing authority and funding.