Rural, unimproved roads in the West Fork Russian River watershed were affected by the October 2017 Redwood Complex Fire and were assessed in February 2018. Damaged sites on approximately 19 miles of unpaved roads were assessed for preventing post-fire sediment delivery to anadromous streams in the West Fork Russian River, and prioritized according to immediacy for treatment due to erosion potential to deliver sediment to fish bearing streams. This Project will implement the recommended treatments on high and medium immediacy sites by installing culverts sized to pass a 100-year storm event, and reshaping road sections to shed water without transporting excess sediment. By disconnecting these roads from the stream network, water will drain in a hydrologically beneficial manner instead of impacting water quality and aquatic habitat.
County of Mendocino
Specific objectives of this Project are to:
1. Protect listed salmonid species and aquatic habitats for approximately 1.75 miles of fish bearing streams,
2. Protect water quality by storm proofing a minimum of 33 sites over approximately 3.8 miles of unimproved forest and ranch roads.
3. Save at least 9,800 cubic yards of sediment from entering the West Fork Russian River.
Complete and Fully Paid
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):