Moffett Creek Capstone Projects
The Moffett Creek Capstone Projects (MCCP) are focusing on
developing materials and information for the upper Moffett
Creek watershed which encompasses approximately 45,000
acres of mixed terrain. The first Capstone cohort finished up in
the spring of 2019 and then passed the torch to another set of
students from the Southern Oregon University Environmental
Science and Policy program.
Under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency included the Scott River in
the list of impaired waters for excessive levels of suspended
sediment and elevated water temperature. These water quality
parameters are known to impact the habitat and survival of
salmonid species and the designated beneficial uses which work
to protect cold water, migratory fish and habitat. In 2005, the
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
(NCRWQCB) adopted the Action Plan for the Scott River
Sediment and Temperature Total Maximum Daily Loads
(TMDL). Sedimentation from the Moffett Creek drainage has
been identified as one of the main contributors to the Scott
River’s impairment status.
Southern Oregon University’s Environmental Science and
Policy Program’s Capstone Projects are focused on the
utilization of the culmination of skills, methodology, and
knowledge learned in the undergraduate curriculum. A mixed
methods research using both quantitative and qualitative
approaches and focused on the following areas: GIS, remote
sensing and mapping - Drone photos were taken and
georeferenced; Data collection and analysis including
longitudinal cross sections profiles, flow and velocity data
analysis,; Model potential effects of restoration using StellaⓇ, a
systems dynamics model, and developed an Environmental
Impact Statement for a watershed Programmatic Permit.
Good luck Moffett Creek Team 2019/2020!