Cochran Creek Fish Passage and Channel Restoration Project

Cochran Creek Fish Passage and Channel Restoration Project

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Project Goal:

The project’s primary goals are to improve fish passage to sustain anadromous populations of coho, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout, as well as to enhance and expand tidal, brackish, freshwater and riparian habitats on Cochran Creek and Quail Slough.


Restoring 930 ft of new stream channel, 0.6 acres of floodplain, and 0.4 acres of riparian habitat.

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Project Stages

Ongoing

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Project Funders

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Project Description

Cochran Creek’s connection to Humboldt Bay has been severely degraded by anthropogenic activities over the past 165 years, reducing the quantity and quality of the tidal freshwater and estuarine salmonid rearing habitat. The project’s primary goals are to improve fish passage to sustain anadromous populations of coho, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout, as well as to enhance and expand tidal, brackish, freshwater and riparian habitats on Cochran Creek and Quail Slough. Specifically, the Project will replace an existing top-hinged tide gate with a fish-friendly side-hinged tide gate with an adjustable opening to enable migration for adult and juvenile fish. Additionally, the Project will restore 930 ft of new stream channel/backwater habitats, 0.6 acres of floodplain, and 0.4 acres of riparian habitat on Cochran Creek.

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