The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

Big Chico Creek

map of watershed showing location of dams and major roads

Watershed Information


PRODUCTION
Species 1967-1991 Baseline Target 1992-2009 Average Increase Percent Change
fall-run Chinook salmon 402       800       0       -402            
WATERSHED STATISTICS ANADROMOUS HABITAT COORDINATORS
  Watershed area:   72 square miles
  Watershed Priority:  high
  Total storage:  0 acre-feet
  Historic:   24 miles  
  Current:   24 miles  ( 100 %)
     Tricia Parker
RESTORATION
  Projected number of restoration projects:   >7   Projected total cost of restoration:   $6,576,000.00
  Total invested to date:  AFRP    $303,000.00  other    $6,000,000.00

Documents

Simmon's Ranch Property Acquisition Phase I of the Big Chico Creek Wildlife Preserve - November 18, 1999, 0.015 mb (.015 MB)

Scope of Work: Nock Walnut Orchard - 2000, 0.026 mb (.026 MB)

Real-Time Flow Monitoring Related To Spring-Run Chinook Salmon. 2000, 0.007 mb (.007 MB)

Big Chico and Butte Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon Juvenile Life History Evaluation - 1999, 0.011 mb (.011 MB)

Kids and Creeks: Restoration Ecology in Action - August 1999, 0.022 mb (.022 MB)

Iron Canyon and Bear Hole Fish Passage Project - Preliminary Engineering Technical Report - April 2002, 13.78 mb (3.78 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2001-2002, 1.75 mb (1.75 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2000-2001, 1.75 mb (1.75 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2000-2001, 1.27 mb (1.27 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Chinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2002-2003, 3.43 mb (3.43 MB)

Evaluation of Iron Canyon for Proposed Fish Ladder Structure Repair and Construction Final Report May 2006, 6.58 mb (6.58 MB)

Butte and Big Chico Creeks Spring-run Cinook Salmon, Oncoryhnchus tshawytscha Life History Investigation 2005-2006, 2.73 mb (2.73 MB)

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Actions and Evaluations

Status Description
Not Addressed E2. Evaluate the replenishment of gravel in the flood-diversion reach of Mud Creek.
Not Addressed E1. Evaluate the water management operations between Big Chico Creek and Lindo Channel.
Complete A8. Preserve the productivity of the habitat on Big Chico Creek through cooperative watershed management and development of a watershed management plan.
Ongoing A7. Cooperate with local landowners to encourage revegetation of denuded stream reaches; and establish, restore, and maintain riparian habitat on Big Chico Creek.
Complete A6. Protect spring-run chinook salmon summer holding pools by obtaining from willing sellers titles or conservation easements on lands adjacent to the pools.
Ongoing A5. Improve cleaning procedures at One-Mile Pool.
Not Addressed A4. Repair the Lindo Channel weir and fishway at the Lindo Channel box culvert at the Five-Mile Diversion.
Not Addressed A3. Replenish spawning gravel in reaches modified for flood control.
Not Addressed A2. Repair the Iron Canyon fish ladder.
Complete A1. Relocate and screen the M&T Ranch diversion.

Photos

Big Chico Creek Nock property Peterson property Simmons Ranch Singh Property Sycamore Pool bypass construction