A Reach Assessment (RA) of the Lower Wenatchee River, Chelan County, WA was completed in 2015. The RA examines the condition of fluvial geomorphic processes and the effect on salmonid habitat, and identifies priority restoration strategies and areas. The effort presented in this document identifies more specific project opportunities within each sub-reach.
The RA, examined 26.4 miles in the Lower Wenatchee from the confluence with the Columbia River, upstream to Icicle Bridge near Leavenworth, WA. The Lower Wenatchee reach was spatially divided into ten (10) sub-reaches, and restoration priorities were presented for the reach as a whole and for each sub-reach. The spatial organization and restoration principles of the RA are guiding concepts to restoration opportunites moving forward.
The primary purpose for the RA is to identify a suite of potential salmon habitat enhancement and restoration actions that contribute to the recovery of ESA-listed salmonid species and are conducted within the existing geomorphic and ecological context of the reach. Proposed actions conform to restoration strategies identified in the Upper Columbia Biological Strategy by the Regional Technical Team (RTT) and are intended to be guidance for the Yakama Nation and other entities who will perform habitat restroration in this reach.