Creek restoration in the Arcade Creek Park Preserve involves creek bank terracing and stabilization and eucalyptus and Himalayan blackberry removal. Re-contouring of creek banks to reduce slopes and application of biotechnical treatments will be implemented to limit future erosion. Replanting of natives will follow eucalyptus and blackberry removal to further stabilize banks as well as enhance habitat. Three priority restoration sites have been identified through … Continue reading Arcade Creek Park Preserve Restoration Project »

cbec has been contracted by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to assess the feasibility for fish passage barrier construction at multiple sites along Sagehen Creek, CA. The proposed barriers will prevent non-native fishes from recolonizing Sagehen Creek following the eradication of non-natives and the reintroduction of Lahontan cutthroat trout, a state and federally listed species endemic to the Lahontan Basin. Fish passage barrier … Continue reading Feasibility Assessment for Barrier Construction along Sagehen Creek »

cbec is part of a team preparing the SMARA reclamation and restoration plan for the Urrutia Pond and associated river bank in the Lower American River Parkway. cbec was instrumental in providing support for the development and successful $5 million grant application to DWR FESSRO to support design and implementation of the river bank restoration piece of the project. Bank restoration along the Lower American … Continue reading Urrutia Pond and Bank Restoration Project »

The Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project would create a new Lower Putah Creek channel through the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (YBWA). This channel would connect to and enhance the existing restored tidal channel network on the YBWA and provide a new connection between Lower Putah Creek and the Toe Drain, downstream of the Lisbon Weir. The new channel would provide fish passage and habitat for … Continue reading Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project »

cbec partnered on a team led by Placer County to develop a Low Impact Development (LID) guidebook for Placer County. The project was funded by the Sierra Nevada Alliance; cbec worked with the Sierra Business Council and CKB Consulting in development of the guidebook. The purpose of the guidebook was to provide guidance on the use and implementation of LID techniques to protect and enhance … Continue reading Low Impact Development Guidebook Preparation, Placer County »

cbec and H.T. Harvey and Associates (HTH) are performing a multi-disciplinary assessment of the Coon Creek watershed to support the development of the Placer County Conservation Plan, assess anthropogenic disturbances, and develop and prioritize restoration and conservation measures. As part of this project, cbec and HTH are characterizing hydrologic, geomorphic, water quality and ecological conditions in the 112 square mile watershed, starting at the headwaters … Continue reading Coon Creek Watershed Assessment »

The Sacramento Flood control Agency (SAFCA) is undertaking a project to repair nine erosion sites on the Sacramento River east levee. Levee repairs will provide a 200-year level of flood protection while adding ecological value to the riverbank. cbec is providing design assistance that includes coordinating data collection efforts and advising repair designs. We performed field reconnaissance to identify bank erosion sites in need of … Continue reading Sacramento River East Levee Erosion Repair Design Assistance »

cbec is currently developing designs for a restoration project that will reconnect a one mile incised reach of Butano Creek, a tributary to Pescadero Creek, to its adjacent floodplain. The objectives of the restoration are to: Allow for more frequent and longer duration inundation of the floodplain. Increase sediment deposition on the floodplain and reduce the amount of sediment being delivered to downstream areas. Promote … Continue reading Butano Creek Floodplain Reconnection and Restoration Design »

As part of the DWR/USBR Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project EIS/EIR to identify and evaluate alternatives to address fish passage issues for salmonids and sturgeon and provide habitat for juvenile salmon in the Yolo Bypass, MWD proposed the Multiple Gates alternative (Alternative 5). cbec furthered the performance evaluation of Alternative 5 leading to a preferred design. Preliminary hydraulic modeling in HEC-RAS … Continue reading Fremont Weir Alternative 5 »

cbec provided restoration/rehabilitation design services for Cordova Creek. Our approach to habitat restoration design and planning included three co-equal goals of the project: habitat quality, aesthetics, and functionality. Multiple stakeholders are involved with this project, including Regional Parks, County DWR, The Water Forum, SAFCA, Rancho Cordova, Soil Born Farms, and the CNPS. Ecological Design Approach: The primary goal was to create a high quality habitat … Continue reading American River Parkway Cordova Creek Naturalization »