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.
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.
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.
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.
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