Scientists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will fly a drone over the Smith Creek restoration project located near Willapa Bay in Pacific County on Monday, Aug. 19.

WDFW will use the drone to document changes in water channels and how tidal flows are returning to wetlands. The project is designed to open up to 6.5 miles of high-quality habitat for fish.

Habitat biologist Lauren Bauernschmidt said the drone will be flown between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for approximately 60 to 90 minutes on Aug. 19.

The drone flight will allow scientists to collect images safely, while also efficiently providing a unique perspective from above. WDFW works to keep the public informed of drone activity to reduce the chance of interrupting people recreating or working in the area. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.