Salmon Habitat “Yelp Hotel Reviews”

The past two months have passed quickly as I completed the final site visits. I am now beginning to create one-page documents for policymakers and community members. During my last visit to E. Beaver Creek in Tillamook County, I observed various habitats and repeatedly remarked to my colleague, “this looks like a five-star place.” Inspired by these observations, I conceived the idea of writing Yelp reviews from the perspective of juvenile salmon to add a creative angle to a complex topic. I am eager to finalize my analysis and the one-page documents. Please enjoy the spin on yelp reviews below.

Salmon Habitat “Yelp Hotel Reviews”

Rating: 1 out of 5.

As a young Salmon, my recent stay in this Oregon habitat was less than satisfactory. The water was murky and filled with debris and sediment, making it difficult to find food and navigate. The pollution levels were irritating to my health and well-being. The promised riparian vegetation was sparse, offering little protection and shade. The overcrowding due to insufficient space was one of the biggest issues with the stay. I felt increased competition and overall stress. There was nowhere to pull over and rest in a pool, or side channel. The water was fast-moving, and an area was closed due to inaccessible areas. Poor water circulation and temperature fluctuations caused a variable level of comfort. Overall, I hope significant improvements are made for future guests.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

As a juvenile salmon, my stay had its ups and downs. The water quality and habitat weren’t the worst, but also not the best. There was some pollution and debris, but not in excessive amounts. There was a fair riparian vegetated area, but I would like to see more for additional shelter and protection. Food was available but very basic. The habitat was busy but not overcrowded. Some areas had more oxygen water and lower temperature levels but if I moved too much, it could change. There were a few small pools but it was very crowded. One area near a culvert was under construction and filled with material which slowed down traffic. Overall, I probably wouldn’t stay again at this location, but not the worst place I’ve ever stayed.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

As a juvenile salmon adventuring out in the world with some travel experience, I would say this experience was average. The water was decent, there was little pollution and debris. There was riparian vegetation providing some shade, and protection that were nice hang-out spots. The food options were picked through but ok. The temperature was stable and the water was nicely mostly oxygenated in the areas I went to, but I did hear some complaints from other salmon who didn’t have as nice of a space. Comfortable stay for an overnight or short trip, overall satisfied.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As a well-traveled juvenile salmon rearing in the streams for a few months, my stay was good. The water was clear with very minimal pollution and debris.  Navigation was easy, smooth, and overall very safe. Vegetation provided several areas providing plentiful shade, and protection, though you can always use more. The habitat was spacious enough and busy but never felt too crowded. There were several food options which was nice to mix it up. There was a fish ladder that added plenty of access to different areas. Water flow and oxygen levels were well maintained and consistent. Overall, this habitat supported a nurturing environment making it a great place to grow and thrive! I will come back here again!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As an ocean-ready salmon, my stay at this Oregon habitat spot was phenomenal, I wish I could have spent my entire rearing time here. The water quality was outstanding with clear water and filtered pollution. I did not have to navigate around any debris or obstacles. The vegetation was abundant and lush. The oxygen levels and temperatures were perfectly balanced. A bridge was installed overhead so I didn’t have to deal with any disturbances. The consistency created a comfortable and thriving habitat with plentiful food options and high-quality ingredients. Overall, this habitat exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it to my fellow friends looking for a place to stay! 

Meet Alyssa Purslow, a 2024 Natural Resource Policy Fellow

Hi all,

My name is Alyssa Purslow, and I am currently serving as a 2024 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, working as a Restoration Project Impact Analyst for Coastal Watersheds with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP). Located at the Port of Garibaldi, TEP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to conserving and restoring tidal wetlands. Our goals include building habitats, reducing flooding, reviving salmon and other native fish populations, supporting the restoration and growth of native plants, and providing education and public outreach to the local community.If you would like to learn more, please visit our website or social media pages listed below.

In Tillamook County, healthy estuaries are vital to the local economy and community. TEP is committed to improving watershed health through scientific methods and community involvement. Our mission emphasizes the importance of clean water in rivers, streams, and bays for current and future generations. As a grassroots, non-profit organization, we focus on estuarine restoration, monitoring, and education. Recognized nationally, we operate under a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), supported by partners, volunteers, and board members.

As the Oregon Sea Grant fellow, my role at TEP focuses on visiting and assessing post-implementation restoration, fish passage, and riparian area treatments in Tillamook County. I started with TEP remotely from the Bay Area in California, and for the past three months, I have been temporarily living on the Northern Oregon Coast to visit post-implementation sites. Of the 11 sites listed, I have visited 8, with the last 3 planned for the next two weeks. After completing these visits, I will return to the Bay Area and finish the rest of the work remotely.

I am currently visiting and documenting the success of these projects, which range from 5 to 20 years post-implementation. The sites span 5 watersheds: Tillamook, Trask, Nestucca, Kilchis, and Sand Lake-Frontal Pacific Ocean, 8 sub-watersheds: Middle Fork North Fork Trask River, Upper Tillamook River, Nestucca River, Beaver Creek, Farmer Creek-Nestucca River, Elk Creek-Nestucca River, Little South Fork Kilchis River, and Netarts Bay-Frontal Pacific Ocean, and 11 creeks: Cruiser Creek, Fawcett Creek, Killam Creek, Smith Creek, E. Beaver Creek, Wolfe Creek, Hawk Creek, Maps Creek, and Jackson Creek.

I look forward to posting my progress as I continue to work through the fellowship.

2024 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, Alyssa Purslow



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