The Squaw Creek Meadow Enhancement shall restore flow to relict channel systems on the north side of Squaw Creek. The purpose of the project is to implement a project to achieve the Squaw Creek TMDL, and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat. The project methodologies utilize natural and bio-stabilization techniques consisting of fill sourced from the local area, willows, and plugs harvested from the adjacent meadow. The project will enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat, migration corridors, groundwater surface water interaction, and capture carbon and reduce greenhouse gasses, and protect meadow systems. The project mitigates past construction of artificial drainage's, by dispersing water across the meadow and relict system. The project reduces sediment to Squaw Creek by allowing it to drop out in
the meadows, and reduces the concentration of flow dispersing the point source contribution. Reducing bed-load transport and fine sediment carried in suspension to Squaw Creek contributes to achieving the water quality objective of the Squaw Creek and Truckee River TMDL. Reducing sediment loads improves water quality and thus spawning and rearing habitat for fish. Restoration improves hydrologic connectivity and may extend the duration of flows into Squaw Creek benefiting fisheries habitat.