Lower Eel River Restoration, Flood Reduction, and Habitat Connectivity Tour
The lower Eel River has had a long history of anthropogenic impacts including logging, urbanization, channelization of tributaries, and diking and draining of tidal wetlands. These impacts have adversely altered corridors and habitat in the lower watershed critical for all life-stages of Coho, Chinook, Steelhead, Coastal Cutthroat and Pacific Lamprey among many other anadromous fish. This tour will visit diverse project sites including the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project which is a multi-benefit project lead by the Humboldt County Resources Conservation District, the Rohner Creek Flood Reduction & Habitat Enhancement Project and the Strongs Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project, both in the City of Fortuna. The tour will include constructed tidal channels, floodplains, and side-channels, large wood structures, geomorphically-based and concrete fishways, a sediment management area, and landscape-scale revegetation efforts. Project goals, engineering design, implementation and monitoring will be discussed at each of the project sites.