The Pit Resource Conservation District (PRCD), with funding provided from state and federal grants, will use contractors to design and accomplish a creek restoration on Rose Canyon Creek. The project will consist of using a "plug and pond" technique to block an eroding, artificial channel that has downcut through a historical meadow. Junipers and excavated material adjacent to the channel will be used to "plug" the channel and stop water flow. The seasonal water flow down Rose Canyon will be allowed to spread out and permeate the entire valley, which will re-hydrate the site and gradually re-establish the meadow conditions. The project will be monitored by the U.S. Forest Service and the Pit Resource Conservation District and its Technical Advisory Committee to determine if the goals have been met. This type of project has been completed and been successful in a number of similar project sites in northern California. The Pit RCD has approved this project.
The project proposes to implement the "pond and plug" restoration technique along the currently incised stream channel that is heavily eroded. The technique will result in multiple restoration benefits, including sediment reduction, improved groundwater recharge, improved meadow vegetation conditions, improved riparian vegetation conditions, reduction of juniper trees and other invasive plant species, and improved aquatic resources. The project would affect less than 5 acres of existing channel and would reduce sediment discharge to the Pit River, the recipient of Rose Canyon Creek water. There will be no significant adverse impacts on endangered, rare, or threatened species or their habitats. There are no hazardous materials at or around the project site. The project will not result in cumulatively significant impacts. The project will have no significant adverse effect on the environment.