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A Productive Summer for ERWIG

The 2004 season was an interesting one for our humble group, to say the least. Bureaucratic delays caused our work season to be cut considerably shorter than most, but we were able to implement projects on a number of our North Coast streams. 

Within the South Fork Eel River watershed, ERWIG constructed in stream and bank stabilization structures, as well as roads restoration projects.  Redwood Creek, a productive Chinook, Coho, and steelhead stream, saw the addition of two weirs and three wing-deflectors to stabilize a slide and to provide in stream habitat. 

The East Branch of the South Fork Eel River, Elk Creek, and China Creek also received treatment for various issues.

In addition, ERWIG provided consultation on the restoration of an old dump site in the Brooktrails Subdivision in the Willits area.

In the Van Duzen watershed, ERWIG implemented stream bank stabilization and salmonid habitat restoration projects along upper and lower Yager Creek and Little Larabee Creek (all the way out in Dinsmore!). 

An existing project on the main stem Van Duzen received a little repair work, with the addition of bank armoring and new anchoring on existing materials. 

ERWIG's newly-developed partnership with the local branch of the Bureau of Land Management has allowed us to assess many of the stream crossing associated with BLM's roads.  Two culverts were upgraded at a low-water crossing on Butte Creek.  Additional culvert-related projects are scheduled for this coming summer in the Butte Creek watershed.