USDA Offers Funds to Farmers in the Salt River Watershed

On March 13, 2015, the Eureka Times-Standard published an article on the USDA providing funds to farmers in the Salt River Watershed to reduce sediment impairments.

Read the entire article here.

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Phase 2A of the Salt River restoration has been completed!

Phase 2A Lower of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project has been completed.  The construction contractor, Handford Applied Restoration and Conservation from Sonoma, California has finished their work.

The work began during the last week of July and was completed in November.  Over 100,000 cubic yards of sediment was removed from the channel.  Vegetation planting has begun and will continue through winter.

The coffer dam at Reas Creek has been removed.  The tidal flow is now moving from the confluence of the Eel River delta to the Dillon Road Bridge.

Check out the photos below.

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Local Farm Bureau Attends Salt River Project Tour!

Members of the local Farm Bureau and the Salt River Watershed Council (SRWC) attended a site tour of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project on November 13, 2014.  The tour was hosted by the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District (HCRCD) which is the lead agency on this project.  Over 30 attendees met at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale, received a brief overview and map, and then drove to four locations along the length of newly restored Salt River.  Four sites were visited including the Dillon Road Bridge, Port Kenyon, the Riverside Ranch and the tidal marsh and pasture lands near the mouth of the Salt River.   Doreen Hansen, Donna Chambers and Curtis Ihle of the HCRCD  gave a brief talk and answered questions at each stop.  Jay Russ, current SRWC chairman, also was on hand to represent the council and an answer any questions.

Check out the tour photos below.

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The First SRWC Newsletter and Survey

If you are a resident in the 95536 zip code, you should have received the SRWC’s first newsletter.   In addition, a survey was included in the mailing.   If you didn’t receive the mailing, you can still view the documents below and take the survey online

Read All About It! 

The first SRWC NewsletteSRWC newsletter thumb 2r was mailed to all residents in the 95536 zip code area on October 1, 2014.  The mailing also included a survey.

Read the newsletter SRWC news.

Read the survey SRWC survey

Take the survey online here.

 

 

 

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Times Standard Runs Two Articles on the Salt River Project in September, 2014

On September 19, 2014, the Times Standard published an article on the progress being made on the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Read the article entitled “Stakeholders view progress on Eel River delta restoration projects” here.

In addition, on September 27, 2014, the Times Standard ran an editorial which stated that the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project was “an example of the best Humboldt County politics has to offer.”

Read the editorial entitled “Salt River project a model of compromise” here.

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Restoring the Ten Mile River in Mendocino

 

Ten Mile River

Photo by Michael Macor, sfgate.com

The front page of the San Francisco Chronicle today (8/10/14) featured a story about the restoration of the Ten Mile River watershed in Mendocino County.  The project is led by the Nature Conservancy which is working with landowners along the waterway to restore the river’s wetlands and bring back the coho salmon.   There are many parallels between this project and the Salt River project.

Read all about it here at sfgate.com.

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Project Photos as of July 31, 2014

These photos show the progress being made to the Salt River channel alongside the SRWC’s Port Kenyon property.  In addition, there are several photos of the cofferdam placed at the confluence of Reas Creek and the Salt River.   This cofferdam is preventing any water from the Salt River entering the excavation area.  These photos were taken on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

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July, 2014 Project Photos

These photos were taken at the corner of Dillion and Riverside Roads.  Please do not enter this area unless you have permission from the project team.  Thank you.

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