After the Dark Gulch rehabilitation site construction was originally completed in 2008, several factors led the TRRP to initiate a new rehabilitation site at Bucktail. As with previous channel rehabilitation projects on the Trinity River, the Bucktail channel rehabilitation project was designed to increase aquatic habitat for salmonids over a range of flow conditions by creating hydraulic and ecological complexity in the form of in-channel and riverine elements.
The Bucktail channel rehabilitation site was designed to build and sustain dynamic mainstem bar (point, medial) and riffle morphology, and off-channel rearing areas designed to increase and sustain the availability, quantity, and quality of anadromous fish habitat between 300 cfs and 2,000 cfs for all life stages. The design elements for the Bucktail channel rehabilitation included mid-channel islands, split flows, side channels, wetlands, alcoves, lowered floodplains, large wood/boulder habitat structures, and riparian revegetation. Site-specific design features are intended to evolve over time under the congressionally mandated flow releases described in the ROD.
- Draft Environmental Assessment / Initial Study (EA/IS) (pdf) and Checklist (pdf)
- Final EA/IS with signed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (pdf)
- Map of site design excerpted from EA/IS (pdf)
- Changes to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Base Flood Elevations (BFE) based on as-built conditions. These may differ slightly from the original elevations that were based on the site design, but there remains no rise in BFE at insurable structures.
- Online maps (web pages):
- TRRP 2016 Annual Report (pdf)
- Search TRRP online library for “Bucktail” (web page)