This project will complete Phase 3 of the Martin Slough Enhancement Project. It includes excavation and restoration work on the main stem of Martin Slough from station 36+50 to the upstream end of the project at station 46+50 and Pond E. In addition, large wood structures will be installed in the channel, the pond, and on marsh plains to enhance instream habitat. Native vegetation will replace non-native vegetation.
Redwood Community Action Agency
This project will enhance very important off-channel and backwater habitat for juvenile salmon that was historically destroyed by dikes and levees. The project restores tidal flows and aquatic, wetland and riparian habitat and associated functions lost to historical modifications. The project will reduce flooding in the project area. It will enlarge and enhance off-channel ponds to provide high flow refugia and rearing habitat for coho salmon, tidewater goby, steelhead, and chinook salmon. Martin Slough in a tributary to Swain Slough which is a tributary to Elk River, a significant tributary to Humboldt Bay. CDFW documented that Pond E has provided extremely important over-wintering habitat for juvenile coho.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):