Watershed Renewal Project

In April 2017, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations completed a framework for watershed renewal, which outlined the short-term and long-term steps to be taken to revitalize the Sarita and Pachena watersheds. This work is intended to support fish and wildlife populations and cultural values for present and future generations. Huu-ay-aht Executive Council established the Uu-ah-thluk Watershed Renewal Technical Working Group in May of 2017. The Working Group is led by Bob Bocking of LGL and provides technical oversight to the Watershed Renewal Program.
More than 20 projects were initiated in 2017 to assess the status of salmon populations, stream and riparian habitats, as well as the condition of logging roads in priority areas. Additional work was also initiated to advance the management and protection of fish and wildlife habitats and examine opportunities for additional enhancement of chinook, chum, and coho salmon populations.
A key benefit of the Watershed Renewal Program is employment opportunities for Huu-ay-aht citizens and family members. During 2017, 11 citizens and three family members were employed by LGL and Meridian Forest Services Ltd to work on projects. For some citizens, employment on the Watershed Renewal Program has allowed them to learn new skills while working outdoors on Huu-ay-aht ḥahuułi and enabled them to reconnect with Huu-ay-aht culture.
Over the next three to five years, work will continue to identify immediate opportunities to renew and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the Sarita, Pachena, and Sugsaw watersheds. In addition, a long-term renewal plan will be developed to guide protection, management, and renewal of the watersheds within the entire ḥahuułi for future generations.


As-built Report of 2018-2019 Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Project in the Pachena River Watershed

Alluvial Channel and Floodplain Mapping Estimate Project

2019 Sarita River Chinook Salmon Outmigration Assessment

2019 Habitat Assessment and Prescriptions for Riparian Restoration Measures for the Sarita Watershed Update

2017 Sarita River Chinook Salmon Outmigration Assessment

2017 Watershed Renewal Deactivation Summary Report

2017 Effectiveness Evaluation of Restoration Works in Sarita, Pachena and Sugsaw Watersheds

2017 Fish Habitat Assessment in the Sarita and Pachena River Watershed

2017 Salmon Brood Stock Collection and Supporting Escapement Assessments

2018 Sarita River Chinook Salmon Outmigration Assessment

2018 Design of Anacla Creek Tidal Channel Rehabilitation

Sarita River Chinook and Chum Salmon Redd Superimposition Assessment

Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Design Within Huu-ay-aht First Nations Traditional Territory

Fish Passage Assessment

Habitat Assessment and Prescriptions for Riparian Restoration Measures for the Sarita Watershed

Pachena and Fredrick Coho Escapement Estimates

Sarita and Pachena Watershed Renewal Framework