DEEP GULCH AND SHERIDAN CREEK CHANNEL REHABILITATION PROJECTS

“…rehabilitation activities are needed to increase optimal habitat over a wide range of flows for fry and presmolt fish above existing conditions.” 

Deep Gulch and Sheridan Creek Rehabilitation Sites Environmental Assessment/Inital Study

The broad TRRP goal for the 177 acre Deep Gulch and Sheridan Creek site is to increase in-channel habitat diversity for naturally produced salmonids. In addition to creating habitat for native anadromous fish, the rehabilitation strategy ensures that habitat complexity and quantity are maintained overtime through interactions with restoration flow releases.

Point bar and riffle constructed near Sheridan Creek at the 2017 Trinity River channel rehabilitation project.

Point bar and riffle constructed near Sheridan Creek at the 2017 Trinity River channel rehabilitation project.

Fall Chinook salmon near a redd in the Deep Gulch and Sheridan Creek project site in late October 2017.

Fall Chinook salmon near a redd in the Deep Gulch and Sheridan Creek project site in late October 2017.

Deep Gulch 

Existing pool and riffle features at the site provided opportunities to increase channel and hyrdaulic complexity by expanding the channel, excavating overbank areas, and installing logjams to interact with river flows than can increase bed topography and create eddies.

Sheridan Creek 

Existing riffles and multi-story riparian vegetation at the existing Sheridan Creek site provided opportunities to enhance the existing habitat, increase the functional floodplain area, and protect existing high-use spawning riffles.

Channel Rehabilitation Design for Sheridan Creek and Deep Gulch 2017

Channel Rehabilitation Design for Sheridan Creek and Deep Gulch 2017

Revegetation efforts at the rehabilitation site began in the fall of 2017 and are currently ongoing.

Presently TRRP’s revegetation goal consists of a 1:1 replacement of riparian vegetation removed by rehabilitation site construction. The replacement goal also includes a 50/50 ratio of natural recruitment versus planting. Revegetation efforts focus on perennial species; the grass seed distributed at the end of construction is for erosion and weed control rather than revegetation.

The logic supporting the overall programmatic riparian vegetation goals and objectives is detailed in the Integrated Assessment Plan and a riparian revegetation guide is under development. Success of riparian revegetation is monitored, primarily within the Integrated Habitat Assessment Project (IHAP) – see Riparian Vegetation and Wildlife within the Science area of the website.

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Note: Channel rehabilitation sets a stage for the river to develop a better diversity of hydrology and habitats. Constructed features are expected to change over time. See our page on the 2009 Sawmill site for an example.

Deep Gulch Channel Rehabilitation Site, constructed 2017.

Sheridan Creek Channel Rehabilitation Site, constructed 2017.

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