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.

Where it
all happens

Dry Creek Meadow is located 10 miles north of the town of Truckee in Russel Valley. To stay up to date on the project, follow TRWC social media pages: @trwcnews on Instagram and Truckee River Watershed Council on Facebook.
Fast Facts

Location: 10 miles north of the town of Truckee in Russel Valley

Scale: 30 acres of meadow

Schedule: September 2019 – October 2019

Budget: $315,000

Partners: U.S. Forest Service and others



For more information on assessments, monitoring, plans reports, and general information on the Dry Creek Meadow restoration project, explore this resources section, or contact Allison Holmes at or (530)550-8760 x8#.


Construction Schedule


The restoration will take place from mid September 2019 through approximately October 15, 2019.

Restoration Traffic

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.

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