Western Shasta Resource Conservation District

Fish Ladders and Fish Screens in Clover Creek

By Ross Perry, Project Coordinator, 4-17-18

After over 60 years, ten miles of historically-accessible habitat is once again open to Sacramento River fall-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead in Clover Creek-- tributary of Cow Creek, east of Redding, CA-- thanks to the implementation of the Clover Creek/Millville Fisheries Restoration Project. Completed during summer 2016, the project constructed two reinforced concrete fish ladders, a screened diversion intake and a new inverted siphon to provide water to the Millville Ditch Company’s irrigators without entraining fish in their diversion ditch, and in-stream rock slope protection to address streambed erosion.

With funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Ecosystem Restoration Program and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Anadromous Fish Screen Program, the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD) successfully implemented the project in collaboration with CDFW, USFWS, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Millville Ditch Company, and the landowner.

Here is a video of the upper ladder being tested just after completion.

Here is the first salmon in over 60 years visiting this stretch of river

Learn more about this project at California Salmon Snapshots.

Clover Creek Fish Ladder (upper) Completed Fall 2016

Clover Creek Fish Screen on Millville Ditch

Riparian Restoration Along Clear Creek

By Analia Bertucci, Project Coordinator, 4-17-18

With the spring rains and warmer temperatures, plantings at our riparian mitigation sites are starting to wake up and leaf out. One such site is along Clear Creek, where California native plants are helping to restore 3.6 acres of riparian habitat within BLM lands as mitigation for environmental impacts from a road and bridge improvement project by Shasta County California. These riparian sites were destroyed many years ago by dredging operations for gold. Native plants used in mitigation projects include valley oak, Fremont cottonwood, western boxelder (pictured), coffeeberry, California rose, and California blackberry. Besides plants, another sign of healthy habitat is the presence of wildlife. Pollinators are frequent visitors to the site, such as swallowtail butterflies and bees.

Crews planting and installing irrigation system two years ago

Plants are protected from deer and beavers

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