Salmonid Restoration Federation

Redwood Creek Low-Flow Monitoring

Redwood Creek Low-Flow Monitoring Slideshow

SRF Monitoring team discuss techniques

Updated August 21, 2017

Bill Eastwood started monitoring 2017 summer flows throughout Redwood Creek on June 23. Flows have slowly been decreasing since then but are higher througout the watershed compared to last year. In mid-June 2016, the average flow was 583.5 gpm and mid-June 2017, the average flow was 1,137.6 gpm. By the end of July, most flows were higher than the 2016 average (excluding Dinner Creek).

As August progresses, we're seeing streams seperating into isolated pools as we reach further into the dry season. We saw a dramatic drop in flows in Miller Creek during the first week of August. The water levels in isolated pools are decreasing rapidly and the upstream flow of two weeks ago have stopped at the mouth of Miller Creek. 

The water is definitely going down but mainstem Redwood Creek is still connected, with fish passage still possible in most riffles.

Data is plotted on a logarithmic scale; 0.01 represents "0" or "No flow." Measurements are rounded to the nearest tenths.

Hover your mouse over the graph lines to see daily values. Click on the Monitoring Site Labels (Dinner Creek, Miller Creek, etc.) to remove/add information.

Redwood Creek 1, 2, 2.5, 3, & 4 and Upper Redwood Creek are mainstem sites.

Dinner Creek and Miller Creek are Redwood Creek tributaries.