Case study:Restoration of Kalajoki River
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site|
|Main contact forename||Kimmo|
|Main contact surname||Aronsuu (Kimmo.Aronsuu@ely-keskus.fi)|
|Main contact user ID|
|Contact organisation||Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for North Ostrobothnia|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.ely-keskus.fi|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
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Since early 1900´s until early 2000´s there has been major river regulation measures done in the Kalajoki River. The river was dredged, straightened and embanked because of flood control, hydro power and log floating which significantly changed hydrological and morphological conditions in the river and affected the river as a habitat of aquatic organisms.
Since late 1970´s court ordered incorporated studies on effect on regulation measures on water quality, fish stocks and fishing into the rulings. Court also ordered compensational measures like fish stocking and rehabilitation measures which also included observation of the success of these measures. The river was restored to improve breeding conditions for lamprey and crayfish. Plan was to restore rapids total of 55 ha area in the lower reaches of Hamari. The aim was to create more natural conditions for migrating fish and other aquatiq organisms by building bypass channels, adding stones and gravel as and improving bank and bed of the river. The most significant restorations have been stocking of 4.7 million one summer old white fish in 1988-2010, restorations to improve reproduction conditions for creyfish and lamprey and stocking of 30 000 mature creyfish in 2003-2006. There has been also follow-up done to evaluate the effects of the restorations on crayfish, lamprey, fish stocks and the River Kalajoki as a habitat for aquatic organisms.
The government has been major actor in almost all of the water management projects in the River Kalajoki. Restorations were managed by Finnish environmental authority (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for North Ostrobothnia). Restorations were done in co-operation with municipalities, local people and non governmental organizations. Estimated costs were about 1 million euros.
Monitoring surveys and results
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos