Editor’s note: The project’s distance from Leavenworth was incorrect in the original version of this story. The error has been corrected in this version.
What: Reconnection of an historic oxbow to Nason Creek.
Why: Give spring chinook and steelhead access for the first time in more than a century to 152 acres of wetland and five mountain streams cut off in 1893, when the Great Northern Railroad laid its track across Stevens Pass. Both these species are threatened.
Where: On Nason Creek, 18 miles northwest of Leavenworth, near the Nason Creek Campground rest area off Highway 2.
Logistics: Five years planning. About two months to build. Will be finished in October.
Funding: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation — $1.8 million. Bonneville Power Administration — $2.52 million
Construction partners: Chelan County, BNSF Railway