Channel Rehabilitation Site: Oregon Gulch (Proposed 2022)

Project Background 

The Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP/Program) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Redding Field Office are beginning the 30-day public scoping period for the Oregon Gulch Rehabilitation Project (Oregon Gulch/Project) from October 22, 2020 to November 23, 2020. We are requesting input and participation via written comments and at the upcoming virtual public meeting from interested individuals on November 5, 2020. Details on where to send comments and how to attend the virtual meeting are below. Click here to access the Oregon Gulch Public Scoping Notice

Aerial photograph of the Oregon Gulch project site in 2016. Photo by Kenneth DeCamp, purchased by Trinity River Restoration Program, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Oregon Gulch project site in 2016. Photo by Kenneth DeCamp, purchased by Trinity River Restoration Program, Bureau of Reclamation.

As part of Oregon Gulch Project, the TRRP will complete an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) to meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This effort will be led by Reclamation, BLM, and the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. The EA/IS will evaluate and disclose potential environmental effects of implementing the Oregon Gulch Project. To encourage your informed participation, this page includes a general description of the project/proposed action and the purpose and need for the project.

Project Goals and Objectives
The Oregon Gulch Project is designed to improve the overall function of the restoration area. The completed project would: 

  • Reestablish a functional, topographicallycomplex floodplain to promote dynamic river processes, increase river connections, and create juvenile salmon and steelhead habitat, at a greater range of flows.
  • Increase in-channel habitat diversity at all flows by placing wood to interact with river flows, provide cover for fish, and increase channel complexity and groundwater retention. 
  • Revegetate constructiondisturbed upland and riparian habitats to restore native plant diversity and fish and wildlife habitat, and provide future trees for recruitment to the River.

Project Description 

Oregon Gulch Proposed Project Features

Oregon Gulch Proposed Project Features

The proposed Oregon Gulch Project spans approximately 134 acres upstream of Junction City, CA, between river mile (RM) 80.9 and 81.7Equipment access to the Oregon Gulch Project would be only via Sky Ranch Road on River rightAccess to river-left construction areas would be made across the river. Most of the lands included in the proposed footprint are managed by the BLM (96 acres). The remainder consists of several privately-owned parcels (38 acres) located in the eastern extent of the Project area. The map above shows the proposed Oregon Gulch Project activity areas. 

Proposed Oregon Gulch Project Schedule  

  • Public Scoping – October 22  November 23, 2020 
  • Public Scoping Meeting – November 5, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Draft EA/IS for public comment – Winter 2020 
  • Final EA/IS and Final Decision – Spring 2020 
  • Proposed Oregon Gulch Project construction. Off-site trucking of Oregon Gulch mine waste to Eagle Rock as early as Spring 2020 – to reduce intensity of action. Summer 2022 for in-river construction  
  • Post-construction revegetation and maintenance – As needed 

How to participate in the Oregon Gulch Project Scoping Process

The TRRP and BLM are seeking information or analysis related to the Oregon Gulch ProjectAll comments submitted via mail, email, or at the public meeting will be considered. 

Send your comment via mail by November 21, 2020 to:

Oregon Gulch Project Scoping
C/O TRRP
P.O. Box 1300
Weaverville, CA 96093

Or send your comments via email by November 21, 2020 to fgutermuth@usbr.gov

Full citation of referenced literature is requested to assure and expedite its retrieval. After the scoping comment period, the interdisciplinary team will review the scoping comments, determine key issues, and will develop additional information as needed to respond to those issues. 

  • A virtual public meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6 pm. Members of the public are invited to join, through a link posted on the project page <insert project page link>. 
  • Send your comments via mail or email to the addresses above, or provide verbal input at the virtual public meeting. 
  • For mail and email all submittals, please include Oregon Gulch Project Scoping Comment in the subject line, and the following information: 
    • Your name and address (telephone and email are also suggested)
    • Site-specific comments about the proposed action, along with supporting information that would help identify issues, develop alternatives, or predict environmental effects of the proposal 
    • Comments received, including comments submitted verbally at the virtual public meeting, will be considered part of the public record for this proposal and will be available for public inspection. 
    • This project supports the objectives of the Redding BLM’s Resource Management Plan. This project is not a fuel reduction project as defined by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003.  

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