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This video shows Chinook salmon en route to spawn in Newaukum Creek, a major tributary of the Green River, Washington (filmed Oct 10, 2012). The location where they were filmed is an alluvial fan at the confluence of Newaukum Creek and the Green River. This alluvial fan had previously been damaged by channelization; the floodplain was disconnected, the channel was oversimplified, and the habitat for salmon and trout was degraded. In 2008, the Lower Newaukum Creek Restoration Project was completed. Five channel-spanning logjams were installed. The logjams reduced water velocities, trapped sediment, and elevated the streambed. As a result, the floodplain was reconnected, the channel became more complex, and habitat conditions were improved for salmon and trout.
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