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Project: Bear Creek Lower Meadow Restoration Project

Description: This Project will improve hydrologic and ecosystem function within Bear Creek through the restoration of degraded habitats. Funds for this Project will be used to encourage the spread of flows and channel aggradation, provide bank stability, and re-establish multiple secondary flow paths across the meadow surface. Natural design elements include augmenting instream wood and cobble in the channel and riffle structures, and re-engaging existing remnant channels. The result will be restored channel and meadow function, enhanced meadow hydrology and habitat, and reduced sources of instream sediment to increase the multiple uses of the stream system.

Reference Number: 3600BQ2096010

Implemented By: Truckee River Watershed Council

Objective: This Project will 1) Increase floodplain connectivity, 2) Increase water surface elevation and channel aggradation, 3) Increase overbank flows, 4) Increase wetland plant communities and reverse type conversion to upland, 5) Reduce sediment transport and erosion, 6) Increase groundwater elevations, 7) Increase carbon sequestration and resiliency to climate change and drought, and 8) Increase aquatic species richness and habitat within the Bear Creek Watershed.

Type: Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Monitoring, Water Management

Total Cost: $1,357,606.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 3/15/2024    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties:

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Watershed Restoration7/1/2020$1,357,606.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Shallow Water/ Marsh/ Wetland Habitat30acres restored/assessed/managed
RestorationRiver Channel Restoration5acres restored/assessed/managed
Recreation/Access/InterpretationInterpretive Enhancements  
MonitoringGroundwater Management  
MonitoringWater and Sediment Quality  
Water ManagementWater Storage -- Groundwater  
Water ManagementWatershed Protection  

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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