by Beth Christman, Director of Restoration Programs

The Truckee River Watershed Council is seeking construction bids for the Middle Martis Creek Wetlands Restoration Project.

Prior to the construction of Brockway Road (now Highway 267) in the 1800’s, Middle Martis Creek formed an alluvial fan as it entered Martis Valley. The creek would have actively migrated among several channels on the fan. When the road was constructed, the creek was confined to a single channel, now on the south side of the highway. The confinement of Middle Martis Creek to a single channel has caused several significant problems including:

  • Channel instability, erosion, and headcutting in the Martis Wildlife Area;
  • Degradation of wetlands to the north of the Highway;
  • Moderate flows overtop the channel and flow onto the Highway;
  • Erosion of various access roads and trails in the project area.

The Middle Martis Creek Wetland Restoration project is designed to restore a portion of the flow to the north side of Highway 267, while maintaining sufficient flow on the south side to sustain existing wetlands and riparian areas.

The project work is described in detail in the attached bid documents: [links removed]

  • Request for Bid: Middle Martis Creek Wetlands Restoration Project
  • Attachment 1. 100% Design Plans
  • Attachment 2. Technical Specification
  • Attachment 3. SWPPP
  • Attachment 4. Draft Streambed Alteration Agreement
  • Attachment 5. Bid Sheet
  • Attachment 6. Sample Contract
  • Attachment 7. Map for pre-bid tour

A mandatory pre-bid tour of the project site is scheduled on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Attendance at the pre-bid tour is a prerequisite for submitting a bid.)

Bids must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 P.M. on August 7, 2015.

For more information, please contact Beth Christman at 530-550-8760 x1.

Image: Fill was placed in the channel during reservoir construction in Martis Valley, causing downstream erosion. The fill will be removed during work on the Middle Martis Restoration project to prevent future erosion from occurring. Credit: Beth Christman.