Lower Squaw Creek Restoration
Sound Watershed Consulting is supporting the Friends of Squaw Creek in a project that is refining several conceptual restoration alternatives along a sensitive sub-alpine meadow with significant historic and current land-use impacts.
Squaw Creek has been extensively degraded due to numerous land-use impacts. Past erosion control efforts have experienced mixed success. Project goals are to restore eco-geomorphic functions by identifying restoration opportunities and constraints and developing alternatives that meet ecological, economic, social and political objectives.
Design solutions for the site includes an integrated set of features designed to improve floodplain interactions, restore bank stability, and regulate natural sediment loads in a manner that is consistent with a dynamically stable channel system.
The Project is ramping up for Phase 3 - Preliminary Design and CEQA. We've been awarded a SWRCB 319(h) Grant that should be available in early 2011, and we have some initial funding from Placer County and the Lahontan RWQCB to complete some technical sub-tasks. We also have an outstanding Grant applications to complete our funding needs.
The project enjoys broad support by a diverse group of landowners, residents, stream restoration experts and agencies.
Project Partners & Collaborators include:
The Friends of Squaw Creek
The Truckee River Watershed Council
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy
The Resort at Squaw Creek
Squaw Valley Ski Corp
The Poulsen Family
Squaw Valley Public Services District
Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
FOSC Organization Primer
Sound Watershed provided a Primer on Collaborative Stakeholder Processes based on our experience with numerous other multi-stakeholder forums. These ideas are intended to support the Friends of Squaw Creek in its effort to formally organize, but are relevant to any multi-stakeholder process.
October 15, 2009 Project Update
Below is a summary of slides presented during Sound Watershed's project status update at the October 14, 2009 Friends of Squaw Creek Meeting. It outlines the project milestones to date, and outlines potential future scope of work tasks (and estimated costs). This was the basis for discussion for how to proceed with existing funding.