General Investigation Study Purpose
The purpose of the Skokomish River Basin General Investigation (GI) feasibility study is to evaluate significant ecosystem degradation in the Skokomish River Basin; to formulate, evaluate, and screen potential solutions to these problems; and to recommend a series of actions and projects that have a federal interest and are supported by a local entity willing to provide the necessary items of local cooperation. There is a strong, united effort by federal, state, and local agencies as well as the Skokomish Indian Tribe for restoration of the Skokomish River Basin. Mason County and the Skokomish Indian Tribe are the cost-sharing, non-federal sponsors of the feasibility study.
A recommended restoration plan was selected that includes a levee removal, a side channel reconnection, wetland restoration at two sites, and placement of large woody debris. The total area of the proposed sites included in the recommended plan is approximately 277 acres and the total estimated cost of the recommended plan is approximately $19.3 million.
Projects included in the recommended plan are:
- Confluence Levee Removal
- Upstream Large Woody Debris Installation
- Wetland Restoration at River Mile 9
- Wetland Restoration at Grange
- Side Channel Reconnection
Schedule: A 30-day State and Agency review will occur this fall. The final Chief’s Report is anticipated to be issued by the end of 2015.