Upper Grape Creek Fish Passage Project in high stream flows (2012)
Draft Mill Creek Watershed Management and Action Plan.
The goals of the Plan are to
collect existing information and field data and synthesize into an existing
conditions report for the watershed,
identify and prioritize sediment reduction and other fish habitat enhancement projects for
continue to gather support in the watershed for fisheries restoration, and
provide recommendations for Best Management Practices (BMPs) to support agricultural and
natural resource sustainability.
Arundo donax Removal Program: Mitigated Negative Declaration.
The Russian River watershed is being invaded by a non-native weed that threatens the viability of numerous fish and wildlife species. The highly destructive giant reed (Arundo donax) is degrading native riparian habitat by displacing native plants and destroying fish and wildlife habitat.
Sotoyome RCD is participating in a cooperative effort to
restore and enhance salmonid habitat
in the Russian River. These efforts are being spearheaded by the Salmonid Coalition, whose mission is to: ". . . protect and enhance existing habitat, and to restore historic habitat to promote the recovery and maintenance of Salmonid fish populations in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Knights Valleys of the Russian River Watershed . . ."
An article published August 4, 2009,
in the Press Democrat featured a collaborative restoration project managed by the Sotoyome RCD -
the start of construction on a large wood installation to improve coho habitat in
a tributary to Dry Creek.
Sotoyome RCD staff will be working with local landowners on
tributary to Dry Creek, to implement the first of the recommended fish habitat improvements for the Dry Creek area listed in the National Marine Fisheries Service's Biological Opinion for the impacts of the Sonoma County Water Agency's operational activities on threatened and endangered fish in the Russian River watershed.
The Sotoyome RCD recently received a grant for watershed and salmonid habitat restoration planning in the
Mill Creek Watershed.
A preliminary plan for Mill Creek and its tributary watersheds will be developed in late 2009 including evaluation and assessment of physical characteristics of the watershed, and identification of data gaps in habitat restoration and landowner participation. In addition, landowner outreach and watershed coordination workshops will be conducted.