Upper Subbasin Recommendations

What watershed and habitat improvement activities would most likely lead toward more desirable conditions in a timely, cost effective manner?

Upper Subbasin Issues Recommendation Activities
XXX: Highest Priority
Streams Barriers to Fish Passage. Continue efforts to identify and alleviate fish passage impediments at culverts or other road crossings. Improve fish passage by modifying debris accumulations.      
Little Van Duzen River     X (upper reach)      
Panther Creek   XX        
Thompson Creek   XX        
Dairy Creek   XX XX      
Blanket Creek   XX        
Lost Canyon Creek   XX        
  Flow and Water quality. Insure that water diversions used for domestic or irrigation purposes bypass sufficient flows to maintain all needs of fishery resources. Reduce water temperatures. Plant willows, redwoods, alder or fir trees to help reduce water temperature in areas with insufficient shade. Check for adverse impacts from cattle to water quality.  
Little Van Duzen River   X XX      
Dairy Creek   XX   XX    
  Erosion and Sediment Reduction Continue to identify and reduce sources of sediment delivery to stream channels from road systems. Stabilize eroding stream banks with appropriately designed structures and/or by planting vegetation. Investigate methods to increase culvert capacity and pass stored sediments at first low water crossing.    
Little Van Duzen River   XXX XX      
Butte Creek   XX XX XXX    
Panther Creek   XX XX      
Horse Creek   XX XX      
Blanket Creek   XX XX      
Dairy Creek   XX XX      
Swift Creek   XX XX      
Lost Canyon Creek   XX XX      
  Riparian and Instream Habitat Increase depth, area or shelter complexity in pools, by adding LWD or combinations of boulders and LWD. Design and install pool forming structures to increase the number of pools. Consider thinning hardwoods to increase growth of conifers where riparian forest is strongly dominated by hardwoods and shade canopy will not be adversely affected. Consider planting nearstream areas with alder, willow, or fir trees to increase streamside shade canopy and allow for LWD recruitment. Consider limiting cattle access to stream channel by installing exclusion fencing.
Little Van Duzen River   XX (upper reach) XX (upper reach)   XX (upper reach)  
Butte Creek   XX XX      
Panther Creek   XX XX XX    
Horse Creek   XX XX XX    
Blanket Creek   X XX XX    
Dairy Creek   XX XX XX XX XX
Swift Creek   XX XX XX    
Lost Canyon Creek   XX XX XX    
  Education, Research, and Monitoring Conduct relative abundance and distribution surveys for juvenile steelhead and resident trout. Monitor Water Temperature especially in upper reach of Little Van Duzen. Monitor suspended and in-channel stored sediments by sampling sediment size distribution, turbidity, V*, photo points, etc. Conduct stream habitat surveys.

Little Van Duzen River   XX XXX (upper reach) XX X  
Butte Creek   X     X  
Panther Creek   X     X  
Horse Creek   X     X  
Blanket Creek   X     X  
Dairy Creek   X     X  
Swift Creek   X     X  
Lost Canyon Creek   X     X