Elk River Recovery Assessment and Community Stewardship Program

Reversing the effects of timber harvesting

Project Goal

Recover Elk River from the current severe water quality and sediment impairment, nuisance flooding conditions, habitat degradation, salmonid population reduction, and community strife that resulted from years of excessive timber harvesting.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Partnered with Landowners, Humboldt Redwood Company, the Regional Water Board, and our Technical Team to design and implement the Elk River Steel Bridge Pilot Implementation Project in 2017;
  • Led the recovery assessment, working with local landowners, HRC, the Regional Water Board and State Water Resources Control Board, and the restoration community;
  • Secured grant funding from state agencies and private sources to plan and implement two pilot sediment remediation implementation projects in 2018 and 2019.

What We Will Achieve in 2018

  • Continue working with key project partners (HRC, Regional Water Board and State Water Board, Elk River residents, Technical Experts, and the Coastal Conservancy) to determine feasible and appropriate actions to restore ecosystem functions, abate nuisance flooding, and recover water quality conditions beneficial to salmon and steelhead.
  • Continue the watershed-wide Elk River Stewardship Program to engage with the Community on solutions to Elk River’s water quality impairment.

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California Trout, Inc.

California Trout, Inc.