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Watch a video of team members who co-wrote a song about the project. See an aerial view of the Triple Creek restoration project put to the music of "Water, She Rise Up," adapted from "River, She Come Down" by David Van Ronk, and performed by Deborah Vester, Sandra Vaughn, and Julie Vanderwal. This teaser video is the precursor to a short film that is being developed about the project. Videography by Josh Duplechian of Trout Unlimited.

Read more about the role of the land stewards and the development of this collaboration in this 2015 IRIS Success Supplement excerpt(Full publication available at

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OHA, the Triple Creek land stewards, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are partnering to implement the Triple Creek project, in coordination with the WA State Department of Ecology and with input from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center. The USFWS provides planning, design, and implementation expertise. Trout Unlimited (TU) also provided support in bringing partners together, completing the initial wetland delineation, obtaining all of the necessary permits, and in video-documenting the project.

Beavers are a critical part of the team and the vision for long-term project success.

 Okanogan Highlands Alliance staff 
Above: David Kliegman (Executive Director), Julie Vanderwal (Conservation Coordinator), and former staff member Megan Kernan (former Conservation Associate) of OHA. OHA coordinates the project, from construction planning to riparian buffer establishment to education, outreach, and volunteer involvement. 
Crystal Elliot-Perez, Trout Unlimited

Crystal Elliot-Perez, Trout Unlimited WA Restoration Program Manager, coordinated permitting, wetland delineation, and creation of two project videos
. Crystal supported project design and construction planning, and coordinated TU's role in public outreach and stakeholder involvement.
 US Fish and Wildlife Service, Robes Parrish and Ken Muir

Robes Parrish (Hydrologist)  of the USFWS provides hydrologic and 
geomorphic expertise and technical support on project design and implementation, and aid in sampling design and data collection.

Triple Creek collaborators

Project Funding:
Project funding is provided via a Section 319 grant from the WA Department of Ecology, and a US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners grant. A portion of the funding for this project has also been provided as a result of the July 2012 penalty settlement for permit violations between Kinross and Ecology. The settlement included a provision whereby Kinross would pay $180,000 toward various Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) in lieu of the water quality penalty at the Buckhorn Mine.

The Triple Creek landowners are an integral part of this collaboration.