Proposed enhancements included blocking off the diversion channel, addressing fish passage at a park crossing, redesign of the Parks water intake structure to protect fish, and placement of large wood to store coarse bedload and reconnect adjacent floodplain. Opportunities to enhance habitat on Netarts Creek were also addressed to mitigate for aquatic habitat and wetland impacts associated with removal of the diversion channel.
OPRD, in partnership with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, received funding to design and implement three of the projects identified on Jackson Creek. Those projects included blocking the diversion channel to Netarts Bay and enhancing stream and wetland functions at the former flow split, removing unneeded infrastructure at the diversion intake structure located in the floodplain of Jackson Creek, and fixing a fish passage barrier at the mouth by removing a ford crossing and replacing it with a bridge. Waterways prepared the engineering drawings for each of these projects, assisted OPRD to obtain grant funding, supervised construction, and prepared as-built drawings. Construction at the three project sites occurred in summer 2013.