The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

Clear Creek

map of watershed showing location of dams and major roads

Watershed Information

Species 1967-1991 Baseline Target 1992-2009 Average Increase Percent Change
fall-run Chinook salmon 3,576       7,100       10,940       7,364       205.9      
  Watershed area:   238 square miles
  Watershed Priority:  high
  Total storage:  241,000 acre-feet
  Historic:   35 miles  
  Current:   18 miles  ( 51.4 %)
     Patricia Bratcher
  Projected number of restoration projects:   >40   Projected total cost of restoration:   $12,000,000.00
  Total invested to date:  AFRP    $0.00  other    $2,500,000.00



2000 - 2004 Develop an adaptive management forum for large-scale restoration projects.   6/29/2010

Actions and Evaluations

Status Description
Complete E1. Evaluate the feasibility of reestablishing habitat for spring-run chinook salmon and steelhead; including ensuring that water temperatures five miles downstream of Whiskeytown Dam do not exceed upper temperature limits for each of the life history stages present in the creek from June 1 to November 1, ≤60°F for holding of prespawning adults and for rearing of juveniles, and ≤56°F for egg incubation.
Complete A6. Preserve the productivity of habitat in the Clear Creek watershed through cooperative watershed management and development of a watershed management analysis and plan.
Ongoing A5. Replenish gravel and restore gravel recruitment blocked by Whiskeytown Dam.
Complete A4. Develop an erosion control and stream corridor protection program to prevent habitat degradation due to sedimentation and urbanization.
Complete A3. Remove sediment from behind McCormick-Saeltzer Dam and provide fish passage, either by removing the dam or improving fish passage facilities.
Ongoing A2. Halt further habitat degradation and restore channel conditions from the effects of past gravel mining.
Complete A1. Release 200 cfs October 1 to June 1 from Whiskeytown Dam for spring-, fall- and late fall-run chinook salmon spawning, egg incubation, emigration, gravel restoration, spring flushing and channel maintenance; release 150 cfs, or less, from July through September to maintain ≤60°F temperatures in stream sections utilized by spring-run chinook salmon. Both releases should be within the average total annual unimpaired flows to the Clear Creek watershed.


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