Previous years of the initiative have involved baseline assessments of the McCully Creek watershed to inform restoration decisions, including fish habitat assessments, the establishment of a hydrometric station, a topographic survey and drone photos. Phase 1 of the initiative involved the initial physical restoration of the site, which included the planting of native plant species (locally sourced Willow, Red Osier Dogwood and Cottonwood), which were planted on the gravel bars above the braided sections to increase stability and encourage the creek into a single channel. The goals of stabilizing the gravel bars and better channelizing the Creek were to improve fish passage and decrease bedload deposition. Whips were planted over a total area of 4400m2.
Phase 2 began in the winter of 2020 and focused on the stabilization of approximately 50 meters of eroded bank directly across from the planting on the gravel bars. Stabilization was done partially through the placement of locally-sourced woody debris along the bank which doubled as habitat creation for salmon. To complete Phase 2 of the initiative, the restoration team will be placing locally sourced boulders within the creek to aid in stabilizing undercutting banks as well as the woody debris formerly placed.