Agencies seeking comment on Clear Creek improvement project environmental analysis
REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation have released for public review and comment an environmental assessment/initial study for a project to improve fishery and riparian conditions on a section of Lower Clear Creek in south Redding. The agencies will accept comments until July 18.
Work will be completed in an area between the BLM Gold Dredge and China Garden trailheads off Clear Creek Road.
The project, on BLM-managed public lands in the Clear Creek Greenway, will improve spawning and rearing habitat for salmon in a reach of the creek that has been heavily damaged by historic gold and gravel mining. Work will include realigning parts of the stream channel and creating riffles, islands, side channels and backwater alcoves beneficial to spawning salmon. The project will also include improvements to streamside and wetland areas.
The project is the third and final phase of a Lower Clear Creek partnership in place since 1999. The projects have resulted in a 10-fold increase in spawning salmon and improved conditions in the riparian areas, wetlands and woodlands along the creek. The work has been vital to managing sustainable public lands along Clear Creek.
The document is available online at: https://bit.ly/2IVOsdt, or by contacting the BLM Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100. Comments should be sent Sean Frische, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Rd., Folsom, CA 95630. Commenters can also use the comment function on the BLM’s eplanning website at the above internet address.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.