Student Team: Josh Seto, Becca Ryan, JJ Masterson, Jack Siemens
Advisor: Sue Niezgoda
Sponsor: Spokane Tribe of Indians
Liaisons: Casey Flanagan and Brian Crossley
The Spokane Tribe of Indians contracted our team to help restore migratory Redband Trout passage from the Spokane Reservoir through the drawdown zone and onto the spawning gravels of Blue Creek. Currently, fish passage is limited due to low flow and no stream structure, which decreases the depth and the increases velocity of the creek. With resources of faculty, computer software, research, and local knowledge, our team proposed the development of an engineered roughened stream channel with a pump. This combination should increase water depths and decrease water velocities to an acceptable level for fish passage. By the end of the 2013-14 academic year, the Blue Creek senior design team will deliver project plans as well as material and labor estimates to the Spokane Tribe of Indians.