Project Summary: The construction phase of this project will include the installation of large wood material and gravel augmentation to enhance salmonid juvenile rearing and adult spawning habitat at four locations in the mainstem of French Creek, a tributary to the Scott River. In addition, a distributary channel will be constructed to decrease channel entrenchment and increase complexity. 

The Scott River Watershed Council (SRWC) will be soliciting bids for the French Creek Habitat Enhancement Project on February 8, 2018. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be conducted on March 6, 2018 at 9am at: From Yreka, travel south on Hwy 3 to the town of Etna. Continue south on Hwy 3 appx. 5 miles to French Creek Rd. Turn right on French Creek Rd. and travel 1 mile, until Miners Creek Rd. on the left. 500 ft. past Miners Creek Rd. will be a driveway on the left. Park in the driveway. Landowners are Michael and Betsy Stapleton (707) 499-7082. 41°24'8.10"N, 122°52'9.62"W. Bids will be due on March 9, 2018 at 9am . SRWC encourages your interest in this project and attendance to the pre-bid meeting. Please contact Kristen Sellmer should you require additional information prior to the bid release date.


The objectives of this project are to: 1.) install unanchored large wood material and augment gravel and cobble at four locations along a 650 ft. reach of stream, 2.) construct a 350 ft. distributary channel and load it with large wood material, and 3.) prepare site for restoration of riparian vegetation along the distributary channel bank. The work consists of, but is not limited to, the following items: placing large wood material (~24) root wads along sections of stream bank by wedging materials between existing large trees rooted into the stream bank; large wood would consist of rootwads with boles 4 to 5 ft. in diameter and trunk DBH’s of 12-18 in., placing coarse gravel and small cobble to restore substrate suitable for spawning by target fish species across the streambed, placing materials at the inlet and outlet of constructed distributary channel to constrict flow, the excavation of off-channel sites for planting hardwood stem cuttings along the floodplain and the excavation of new distributary channel, furnishing and installing rock slope protection, remove ~450 ft. of fencing prior to placement of fill and reinstall after placement of fill, spoils disposal, site cleanup and restoration. The contractor will be required to comply with State and Federal permit conditions including erosion and sediment control measures throughout the duration of the project. Experience with in-stream restoration projects and compliance with similar permit conditions required. Preference given to those with experience working in Scott Valley. Contract documents may be obtained in digital format through the Scott River Watershed Council, 520 Collier Way, Etna, CA 96027; (530) 859-8709. The bidding documents will be available at at French Creek Habitat Enhancement Project 

For additional references material please see: Checkset Design Report, French Creek Final Design , Probable Construction Costs