Meadow Creek is spawning and rearing habitat for Snake River Basin summer steelhead and redband trout. According to fish distribution maps, Snake River Basin rearing spring chinook salmon habitat is located approximately .5 mile downstream of the project area. This project is undergoing extensive research by Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Starkey Experimental Forest and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife under Meadow Creek Phase II Project. The research is targeting herbivory of riparian vegetation and fish habitat. Five riparian pastures were established under the Meadow Creek Phase II Project. Within these pastures, upland water sources are limited. This project would further complement these research efforts by providing additional water sources for livestock and wildlife away from Meadow Creek. As a result, there would be less livestock/wildlife use of riparian vegetation. \r\n\r\nThe Meadow Creek Upland Water Source Project Phase III involves the development and/or reconstruction of six upland water sources for livestock and wildlife within the established 5 riparian pastures on Meadow Creek.