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Habitat restoration in the Siletz River Basin will be the subject of a presentation by MidCoast Watersheds Council Coordinator Evan Hayduk on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Siletz River Basin supports one of the most diverse arrays of fish species on the Oregon Coast, including Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout as well as lamprey, freshwater mussels and other aquatic organisms.

A major culvert replacement project on North Creek — a tributary to Drift Creek — will make more than 13 miles of high-quality habitat fully accessible to all these species for the first time in 62 years.

Hayduk will provide an update on the ongoing project, one of the biggest restoration projects completed during his three year tenure. The presentation will shed light on the benefits expected or seen from various restoration projects, illustrating before-and-after conditions on the ground.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive. Refreshments will be provided.

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