An implementation grant to the Fall River Resource Conservation District (RCD) for a project to enhance the natural hydrologic and biologic function of a 4000’ segment of Hat Creek and restore approximately 27 acres of emergent riparian wetland in Shasta County. This restoration project will enhance Hat Creek’s late-season streamflows.
The objectives of this project are to restore and enhance natural hydrologic and biologic function within this reach of Hat Creek and the surrounding riparian ecosystem, using the “pond and plug” technique. The technique involves the excavation of the degraded channel (“ponds”) to construct “plugs” to fill the channel to historic elevation. The ponds then fill with surface and groundwater and also spread large flows across the floodplain.
By utilizing the “pond and plug” technique the Project will enhance late-season streamflows in Hat Creek and downstream beyond its confluence with Rising River. This will be accomplished by raising Hat Creek out of its incised, artificially straightened, hydrologically disconnected channel, and reconnecting it to the floodplain, resulting in a more natural shallow meandering channel.
Fall River Resource Conservation District
To enhance stream flow
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):