Restoring Dry Creek Meadow in Russel Valley
Next to Dry Creek in Russel Valley, just north of the town of Truckee, lies a meadow that may appear beautiful, but is disconnected from its floodplain.
Modern roads, historic logging and skid trails, construction of a railroad grade, utility lines, and undersized culverts have caused severe stream channel incision, and lack of overbank flow—degrading the meadow. Meadow habitat, an important refuge for willow flycatchers and other native species, has diminished in size and function. Erosion and sediment flowing into the creek have also increased, degrading both water quality and habitat.
Reviving a floodplain
30 acres of mountain meadow and 700 ft of stream restored
By restoring streams to their natural channels, we reconnect the creek with its floodplain, elevating the water table, allowing wet meadow habitat to return.
Improving water quality and aquatic habitat
A functioning meadow filters water as it flows through, making the water downstream more fishable, drinkable, and swimmable.
Defending from drought, fire, and flood
A healthy meadow holds onto water longer, and meters it out over time, giving a more steady stream—preventing flooding and mitigating drought. This wetter meadow also hinders fast moving wildfires.
Location: 10 miles north of the town of Truckee in Russel Valley
Scale: 30 acres of meadow
Schedule: September 2019 – October 2019
Partners: U.S. Forest Service and others
The restoration will take place from mid September 2019 through approximately October 15, 2019.
Hobart Mills and Valley Roads
During the first week of restoration, we will have construction equipment on Hobart Mills Road from Highway 89 to the junction of Forest Service Road 886-24 and to a lesser degree near the intersection with Dog Valley Road.
This should not impact regular traffic on Hobart Mills or Dog Valley Roads. There may be some minor slow-downs caused by trucks entering and exiting the project. The intersections will be signed and, if needed, traffic control will be provided.
Forest Service Road 886-24
Traffic will be affected during restoration and we advise use of an alternate route.
County Road 261 (access from Russel Valley to Stampede Dam)
Minor traffic delays may occur at a single location along County Road 261 for up to three days from approximately October 1 – 3, 2019. Traffic may be held for up to 10 minutes at a time to allow equipment to enter and exit the project site.
Mailboxes and Dumpsters
The restoration project will not relocate the mailboxes or the dumpsters.
Regular access to the mailboxes and dumpsters will be maintained throughout the restoration.