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The Yakama Nation’s Habitat Restoration Project is studying boating conditions and recreation safety on a number of rivers in North Central Washington. Study reaches include Nason Creek, from the canyon section (rapids Trivial Pursuit and Royal Flush) upstream of the railroad bridge near Whitepine Creek, continuing to the mouth at the Wenatchee River. This reach has been identified as critical habitat for three ESA-listed salmonid stocks (Upper Columbia Spring Chinook, Columbia River Steelhead, and Bull Trout) and are designated priority restoration areas in the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan.
The goal of this project is to use sound research to evaluate river use on a reach-based scale to help inform the design, location and implementation of restoration projects. This project questionnaire is an important data collection tool designed to gauge boaters' skill level, amount of use, current river hazards and relative levels of support for various river management activities. If you have boated/floated part or all of the Nason Creek in the last two years, please take 15 minutes to complete this survey. The information that you provide is essential to the validity of this study.