Upper Sweetwater Creek Riparian Protection

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will use this grant to buy nearly 1 acre and develop and restore 5 acres of salmon habitat in the upper reaches of Sweetwater Creek, just east of State Route 3 near Belfair in Mason County. The salmon group will create a roughened stream channel to restore fish passage to .79 mile of the creek, bypassing a historic water wheel and its eight-foot spillway and an 8-foot-tall weir further upstream. The creek is used by fall Chum and Coho salmon. The near acre of land will connect more than 150 acres of public land and is next to 5 acres of protected North Mason School District property that will be redeveloped into a park. The revitalized park will feature the water wheel, a loop trail, a fishing dock, solar and hydropower learning stations, a natural area for playing, native plantings, parking, a restroom, and maintenance facility. The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group will contribute $453,547 in equipment, federal and local grants, and donations of labor, land, and materials.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Hood Canal SEG Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 453547 Project Type: Acq & Dev & Restore County: Mason Legislative District: 35 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1379

Location Details

From Shelton, head north on State Route 3 for 22.5 miles, cross Sweetwater Creek and a parking area in front of the worksite is just off the highway on the right-hand side. The site is immediately south of Belfair Elementary School on the east side of the highway and the Theler Wetlands on the west side of the road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.