he Martis Wildlife Area Restoration Project is a large-scale stream and floodplain restoration project in the headwaters of the Sierra Nevada that will contribute to the recovery and conservation of mountain meadow and headwater streams. The Project will restore 62 acres of montane meadow, 2 miles of perennial stream, and 1.6 acres of historical floodplain. Additionally, the Project will provide a multitude and depth of benefits including floodplain and meadow function, water availability, water quality, aquatic and riparian ecosystem improvements, benefits for multiple water uses, and heightened resiliency to drought and climate change.
Truckee River Watershed Council
Specific objectives of this Project are to:
1. Increase floodplain habitat.
2. Increase frequency of overbank flows in Martis Creek, Middle Martis Creek, and two unnamed tributaries.
3. Increase water surface elevation and channel aggradation.
4. Re-establish floodplain function on 62 acres of meadow floodplain.
5. Increase flood attenuation through floodplain restoration.
6. Reduce sediment transport and erosion.
7. Increase instream wood loads.
8. Remove or modify historical and modern features (levees, ditches, trails, diversion structures) that have modified natural stream.
9. Increase wetland plant communities and reverse type conversion to upland.
10. Maintain and enhance sustainable recreational opportunities in the Martis Creek Wildlife Area.
11. Increased carbon sequestration and resiliency to climate change and drought.
12. Increased groundwater elevations.
13. Prolong late season stream flows in Martis Creek.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):