Final report for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, January 2012
C Greene & J Hall (NOAA / National Marine Fisheries Service / Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle); E Beamer, R Henderson & B Brown (Skagit River System Cooperative, LaConner, WA)
A number of restoration techniques exist to counter widespread estuary habitat and connectivity loss across the Pacific Northwest, ranging from dike breaching and removal to installation of “fish-friendly” or self-regulating tide gates (SRTs). However, the physical and biological effects of these techniques have not been rigorously examined. In this report, we focus on the effects of SRTs, and examine their effectiveness in two different ways.