Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Gets Under Way Again

     

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    2016-06-27

    June 27, 2016 - For Immediate Release

    CONTACT: Ann DuBay:707.524.8378 (office), 707.322.8185 (cell), Ann.DuBay@scwa.ca.gov - or Brad Sherwood: 707.547.1927 (office), 707.322.8192 (cell), sherwood@scwa.ca.gov

    Healdsburg, CA – The next phases of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project will get under way this summer with construction of habitat features in two locations along the creek. The projects are being constructed by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) to enhance habitat for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead.

    Construction of a mile-long demonstration habitat project was completed in 2015 in the area of Lambert Bridge. Habitat features are built using logs, boulders and root wads to create backwaters and side channels that provide shelter and refuge for young fish that live in Dry Creek.

    “We’re pleased to be moving into the next phases of this important habitat enhancement project,” said Efren Carrillo, chair of the Water Agency Board of Directors. “This is a critical effort in the recovery of threatened and endangered fish in the Russian River watershed and it is only possible through the cooperation and support of many agencies and private landowners in Dry Creek.”

    The habitat enhancement project is part of the Russian River Biological Opinion that requires the Water Agency to enhance six miles of the 14-mile length of Dry Creek in order to slow the high water velocity in the creek, which was found to be detrimental to the survival of young coho and steelhead. Project elements include bank stabilization to reduce erosion, anchored log jams to provide refuge and slow the water, and constructed backwaters and side channels to give young fish places to escape summer and winter high flows, and native plants to reduce erosion and create shade.

    “This year’s work marks another important step in reaching our goal to restore six miles of habitat along Dry Creek,” said James Gore, a member of the Water Agency Board of Directors.  “Enhancing and protecting our Russian River watershed should be among our highest priorities. I applaud the work that has been accomplished to date, and thank the property owners in Dry Creek who have made this project possible.”

    Work will take place this year on two sections of the creek. The first is near the 5600 block of Dry Creek Road, on property owned by the Meyer family and on property owned by Truett Hurst Winery.  The second section of the creek where work will occur is just downstream of the Westside Road Bridge on property owned by the City of Healdsburg on the east side of the creek. Work will also take place on property owned by DaVero Farms & Winery on the west side of the creek at that location. The contractor for this year’s projects is McCullough Construction Inc., of Arcata.

    For additional information about the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, visit www.sonomacountywater.org/drycreek/

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    The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment.  The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.

     

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