Hat Creek and Fall River Restoration

Multi-benefit approach of restoration, recreation, and cultural resources

Read about The Battle of the Four Corners in the Winter 2015 issue of The Current

Long-term Goal

In the context of climate change and extreme drought, build ecosystem resiliency by restoring habitat conditions on two of California’s largest spring-fed native trout fisheries. Protect more than a million acre feet per year of pristine spring water for recreation, hydropower, agriculture, drinking water, and refuge for cold-water biodiversity.

Recent Accomplishments

Hat Creek:

  • Secured all final permits and approvals, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Water Act, Section 1600 of the CA DFW Code (Streambed Alteration Agreement).
  • Secured final project approval from PG&E (land owner), the CA Natural Resources Department, and the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC).
  • Began recreation infrastructure improvements, including trail restoration, parking area re-location, replacement of the historic Carbon Bridge, and interpretive sign plan.
  • Began phase 1 of riparian restoration and native plant re-vegetation.
  • Launched the Hat Creek Muskrat Control Program to reduce populations.
  • Re-introduced large woody debris structure to the Carbon reach (phase 1).
  • Continued year two of the Hat Creek Youth Initiative and launched Pit River Tribe workforce training and jobs program.

What We Will Achieve in 2015-16

  • Complete second year (phase 2) of riparian restoration and planting.
  • Finalize construction of all recreation components: trails, signs, parking area, pedestrian bridge.
  • Monitor all restoration components: measure plant survival rates, re-plant where necessary, monitor trail erosion and sustainability.
  • Monitor in-stream habitat restoration impact, measure geomorphic response to in-stream structure, monitor bank stability, muskrat population.
  • Utilize adaptive management to improve in-stream habitat strategy based on year one observations.
  • Partner with DFW on wild trout population estimates to measure success of project over time.

The Legacy of Hat Creek

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California Trout, Inc.

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