Hay Creek Riparian Restoration

Oregon Natural Desert Association, Oregon State Parks

Project on Hay Creek

Hay Creek

Lower John Day

Mar. 14, 2019



Project Goals and Objectives

BDAs are being used to raise water table levels 1 to 2 feet in order to "irrigate" the dry inset floodplains, and therefore allow restoration planting to occur. It is hoped that eventually the restored hardwoods will shade out the dense non-native plant communities. Long-term morphological changes are restricted in most places on the creek due to the presence of a road.

Structure Construction Elements

BDA design was undertaken specifically to be in line with ODFW fish passage objectives. No individual BDA will have jump-heights greater than 6 inches. BDAs will be installed in stair-stepped complexes to achieve aggregate changes in surface water heights of up to two feet at a BDA complex.