Restoration, Construction and Engineering Design Projects

The Chief Joseph Dam Hatchery Project – Okanogan, WA

The Chief Joseph Hatchery (CJH) is the fourth hatchery obligated under the Grand Coulee Dam/Dry Falls project, originating in the 1940s. Planning of the Chief Joseph hatchery began in 2001, and it received its first broodstock in 2013. Dr. Wolf was a founding steering committee member and served as the lead for development of the monitoring and evaluation program for the Master Planning phases of this project. Then, beginning in 2010, he served as the Science Program Manager for the final design, construction and implementation phases for this project.​ The Chief Joseph Hatchery’s science and operating programs and designs were structured under integrated recommendations from the Congressional Hatchery Reform Project and recommendations from the Hatchery Science Review Group since planning began. The hatchery was also subject to review under the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s (NPCC’s) 3-Step Master Plan process and from the Independent Scientific Review Panel. ​ The project was a coordinated effort done in conjunction with the Colville Tribes; The Chelan, Douglas and Grant Public Utility Districts; Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power Planning Council. Capital expenditures exceeded 100 million dollars with an annual operating budget of 7 million dollars supporting 35 staff. ​

The Yakima Klickitat Fisheries Project – Yakima, Washington

Keith served as the State of Washington’s policy leader for the planning, design and construction of the Cle Elum hatchery complex and the design of the research, monitoring and evaluation program.​ The YKFP, in whole, is a large, multi-agency fish restoration, supplementation production and evaluation program that involved significant capital investment in salmon rearing and acclimation facilities, research design, adaptive management principles, and complex project management structure. This was a coordinated effort done in conjunction with the Yakima Nation; Bonneville Power Administration; the Northwest Power Planning Council; the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority.​ Keith supervised the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife science staff and agency administration to insure appropriate project direction, implementation and evaluation. The hatchery complex capital expenditures were approximately 64 million dollars, with another 8 million in research and monitoring dollars to support this aspect of the YKFP program.

Fish Use and Habitat Mapping – City of Renton

Renton, Washington. Staff under Keith Wolf’s direction prepared an inventory of existing and potential fish use in the City’s water bodies for use in responding to Endangered Species Act requirements. The City requested development of a fish use and habitat inventory report based upon existing information. ​ This project covered water resources and adjacent habitat forms within the city limits and the urban growth boundaries as currently delineated. The report represented current fish use and habitat conditions for the seven major basins within the city limits and the urban growth boundary.

Spawning Gravel Mitigation Study – City of Renton. Renton, Washington

Staff under the direction of Keith Wolf assisted in conducting a baseline habitat and sensitive area impact assessment on the Cedar River below the Landsburg Diversion Dam. The study incorporated stream channel mapping and spawning habitat assessment as well as sediment and substrate transport estimation and measurement. Floodplain gravel recruitment and a zero-rise floodplain analysis for FEMA were also conducted.​ Keith coordinated the permitting processes for HPA, DDES, Land use, ROW, DNR and ACOE requirements. A twenty-year monitoring plan was also developed.

Headquarters Stream Restoration. United States Fish and Wildlife Service- South Bend, Washington

Keith Wolf provided grant writing, design, engineering and construction support to the USFWS that included the removal of upstream barriers, appropriation of LWD enhancing/restoring spawning areas and gravels, establishing an off-channel rearing site, and geomorphologic installation of pools, riffles and cascades. Additionally, the project established an enhanced wetland area and captured ground water to provide enhanced water quality, hyporheic function, and instream flow. ​ This project also received national recognition from the USFWS and the US Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit.

Naches River Diversion Screening – City of Yakima Municipal Water Intake. Yakima, WA

Keith Wolf and his staff assisted the design and engineering team with biological criteria and provided the City of Yakima with all funding and grant source preparation, permitting and integration for this project. Keith worked with representative from the Yakima basin, state of WA, federal and tribal programs to address long standing infrastructure problems for irrigation and municipal water supply. Keith also led the NEPA work required and an assessment of screening criteria and monitoring of compliance with defined criteria. ​

Fish Ladder Design and Engineering – United States Fish and Wildlife Service South Bend, Washington

The Lewis and Porter Point Units of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on Willapa Bay represented one of the best opportunities to reestablish lost fish passage into two watersheds with existing high-quality habitat. By reintroducing anadromous fishes to the watershed, the chance for long-term protection was enhanced, while valuable spawning and rearing habitat was recovered. Two fish ladders were designed, constructed and monitored.​ This project received national recognition from the USFWS and the US Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit.