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Site History at Myers Creek

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Until about 1998 the mitigation site wetland was connected to Myers Creek. At that point, following aggressive logging in the upper watershed, a significant high water event on Myers Creek triggered severe channel incision. Uncharacteristically high water velocities scoured the channel. Consequently, Myers Creek has become disconnected from its floodplain throughout this reach. This has resulted in significant decreases in surface water inundation frequency and duration throughout this portion of the wetland. On this parcel, a substantial portion of Myers Creek is incised, limiting the amount of water that connects with and hydrates the floodplain. What should be a thriving wetland is now too dry to support a healthy hydrophytic plant community.

Beavers are amazing wetland engineers. In 2010, beavers built 18 dams on the north end of the Myers Creek mitigation site, and significantly expanded the amount of soil inundated with water. The above pictures provide a visual representation of how much water was being stored by beaver, water that was available to the watershed during late season flows. Without this beaver dam, the water rushes through this location and is no longer able to slow down and provide enhanced benefits to plants, fish and wildlife. 

   2010-2011 Beaver Pond Myers Creek

 1954 Aerial of Myers Creek Mitigation Site
   1954 Aerial (whole site)

Beaver Dam Analogue (BDA) and LW (Large Wood) locations
   Locations of instream work
   1983 Aerial Myers Creek Mitigation Site
1983 Aerial (south portion of site)

 Site map with boundary lines and reference points

Myers Creek Photo Album