Restoring the Redwood Creek Estuary

by Terrence D. Hofstra, Redwood Natl Park, Arcata, CA, USA,
John A. Sacklin, Redwood Natl Park, Arcata, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


During the mid-1960's, construction of a flood control project drastically altered the lower 5. 1 kilometers of Redwood Creek, impairing the physical and biological functioning of the estuary. Data collected from research have shown that the estuary is critical to chinook salmon and steelhead trout in Redwood Creek and that natural estuarine function has been severely impacted. From research data, management techniques and restoration options were developed. Estuarine water levels are regulated by 'controlled breaching' of the berm to prevent flooding of private lands while protecting aquatic habitat. Redwood National Park has worked with other Federal and State agencies to implement an estuarine restoration project at the mouth of Redwood Creek.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Rivers and streams | Estuaries | Aquatic habitats | Project management | Biological processes | Data collection | Hydrologic data | California | United States

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