Rose Valley Creek Stream Restoration Project

Rose Valley Creek Stream Restoration Project

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Project Goal:

To develop an alternative analysis for the restoration of Southern California steelhead in the Rose Valley Lakes System and Sespe Creek Watershed.

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Project Stages


Conceptual Design



Estimated Completion Date:
August 2020


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Project Description

The Rose Valley watershed is a spring-fed tributary to Sespe Creek located in Los Padres National Forest (LPNF). Sespe Creek is the longest stretch of undammed river in Southern California, designated as a Wild and Scenic River and is critical habitat for endangered Southern California Steelhead. The Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition (SCRSC), led by CalTrout, prioritized restoration projects in the Sespe Creek watershed and is leading an effort to understand what a restoration project at the Rose Valley Recreation Area would entail. We will provide LPNF with robust actionable information to support future planning decisions at this location. Restoration of Rose Valley Creek will achieve ecologic, biologic and public recreation objectives consistent with LPNF’s Forest Management Plan. This project, in addition to supporting the recovery of southern steelhead, increases native species resiliency to future disturbances, such as fire, drought, and threats or the disturbance from aquatic invasive species.

Project Partners:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Los Padres National Forest
Friends of the Santa Clara River
Keep Sespe Wild
Stillwater Sciences
State Coastal Conservancy
California Department of Fish & Wildlife