Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project

The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District is lead agency on this multi-year, multi-agency, landowner-driven endeavor that takes a holistic, watershed-wide approach to address sediment, fish passage, flooding, and drainage issues in the Salt River Watershed of Ferndale. Increasingly frequent flooding, reduced drainage capacity, and sediment deposition has negatively impacted water quality and the ability of local landowners to effectively utilize their lands for agricultural purposes.

 

This ecosystem-scale project includes a large tidal wetland restoration component that will create a succession of biologically rich and diverse tidal wetland habitats, including transitional wetlands and adjacent uplands as part of a sustainable estuary system.

Salt River Dillon Road 1964

Salt River Dillon Road 2000

Integrated Regional Water Management-Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project

Funding intended for restoration work in the Francis Creek watershed and for channel realignment and excavation on a stream reach downstream of Ferndale to the Port Kenyon Bridge, along with riparian planting and livestock control measures.

Funding Agency: County of Humboldt-funding source California State Water Control Board / Prop. 50

Salt River Valley Flower Bridge 1920s

Salt River Valley Flower Bridge 1990s

Funding:

Consolidated Grant-Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project

Funds will be utilized for restoration activities in the project footprint (exclusive of the Francis Creek area) including channel realignment and excavation, riparian planting and livestock control measures and portions of the restoration activities and tidal prism enhancements on Riverside Ranch.

Funding Agency: California State Water Control Board / Prop. 50

 

Ducks Unlimited Inc. Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project

Funds will be utilized for restoration activities associated with the Riverside Ranch Restoration Project component.

Funding Agency: Ducks Unlimited, Inc. North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Redwood Coast Wetlands Project

 

State Coastal Conservancy- Salt River Design and Permits

This agreement provides funding to cover consultant costs for final design, engineering and permitting activities for the Salt River Project.

Funding Agency: State Coastal Conservancy

 

DFG Riverside Ranch Restoration

This agreement provides funding for the tidal marsh restoration at Riverside Ranch as part of the Salt River Restoration Project.

Funding Agency: Department of Fish and Game/ Fisheries Restoration Grant Program

 

CALTrans EEMP- Riverside Ranch Restoration component of Salt River Project

Implementation funding specific to work on Riverside Ranch to cover portion of costs related to breaching the levees, constructing pilot slough channels and purchasing native plantings for re-vegetation.

Funding Agency: Caltrans/ Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program

 

 

Text Box: Salt River Watershed Council:
The Salt River Watershed Council is a community based not-for-profit that encourages long-term cooperative watershed management practices to sustain, protect, and improve water quality, drainage, aquatic and riparian habitat, and other natural resources, while contributing to long-term economic, agricultural and community sustainability in the coastal Salt River Watershed.
The HCRCD will be working in cooperation with the Watershed Council over the next several years to assist the council in preparing to assume overall responsibility for long-term management of the Salt River Watershed.
 


http://saltriverwatershed.org/

The views and opinions expressed by the Salt River Watershed Council do not necessarily represent those of the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District.

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Salt River Watershed Coordinator

Funding Agency: Work on this project is funded in whole or part through a grant awarded by the California Department of Conservation .

State Coastal Conservancy

Implementation funding for phase 1 and 2 of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project .

Funding Agency: State Coastal Conservancy, Habitat Conservation Fund

 

Department of Water Resources-Salt River Phase 2

Provides funding for Phase 2 from Reas Creek to Francis Creek; finalizing design and engineering, construction and a maintenance endowment.

Funding Agency: Proposition 84 Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, Rive and Coastal Protection Bond act of 2006

SALT RIVER ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT

UPDATES AND INFORMATION

Completed 2014

Completed 2014

Completed 2014

Text Box: Additional Partners of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project

Completed 2015

Completed 2015

Completed 2015

Completed 2015

Department of Fish and Game/Fisheries Restoration Grant Program-

Salt River Fish Monitoring

This project conducts monitoring over three consecutive years to validate hypothesis that coho, chinook , steelhead and coastal cutthroat will utilize Phase I of the Salt River project.  Eelgrass monitoring and mapping will also be completed.

 

Department of Fish and Game/Fisheries Restoration Grant Program-

Salt River Fish Passage

This project will excavate approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sediment from 0.7 miles of Salt River channel and 0.5 miles of Francis Creek.

 

Department of Fish and Game/Fisheries Restoration Grant Program-

Salt River Large Woody Debris

This project will install 30 LWD features consisting of 55 pieces of LWD along a 0.7 mile section of Salt River. 

 

California Wildlife Conservation Board and Ducks Unlimited

Salt River Wetlands Restoration

Funding Source: Habitat Conservation Fund

 

Coming Soon

NOAA Fisheries Restoration Grant

Restoring Critical Function to Eel River Delta

 

State Coastal Conservancy

Restoring Stream Habitat and Agricultural Economic Viability to the Lower Eel River Delta

 

Coming Soon

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Restoring Fish Migration Connectivity to the Salt River Coastal Watershed

 

Coming Soon

Integrated Regional Water Management

Restoring Stream Flow and Fish Passage on Eel River Delta

 

Coming Soon

Wetland Conservation Board

Reconnecting Francis Creek and Williams Creek

 

Coming Soon