Wetland Mitigation Construction, Ranawapati Pond and Lemolo Forebay, Umpqua National Forest, near Diamond Lake, Oregon
Client: Pacific Power
The Ranawapati and Lemolo wetland mitigation projects were constructed in 2007 and 2008 for Pacific Power as part of their FERC relicensing. The creation of Red legged frog habitat was part of the need for wetland creation. The wetland work was located within the Umpqua River Basin and consisted of the following:
- Erosion control and silt fence was put in place prior to construction
- The two sites were graded and prepared for planting with some soil amendments.
- In the case of Ranawapati the existing pond was enlarged and the water level controlled by lowering the outlet at the dam. In addition, the Ranawapati site required the building of a number of alcoves along the edge of the expanded pond with woody debris added for cover. The alcoves were a part of creating Red-legged Frog habitat.
- A variety of local wetland plants, primarily sedges and rushes were salvaged from the approved harvest site on Stump Lake and transported to the two planting sites.
- Several thousand wetland plants were planted in both sites and photographs were taken from established photo points to document the success of the wetland mitigation work