[env-trinity] Lowden Ranch-Trinity House Gulch and Reading Creek Projects starting up

Gutermuth, F. Brandt BGutermuth at usbr.gov
Tue Jul 13 16:15:25 PDT 2010

Trinity River Enthusiasts -

This year's Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) mechanical channel rehabilitation projects are just starting at Lowden Ranch-Trinity House Gulch (downstream of Browns Mt Rd) and at Reading Creek (BLM's Douglas City campground).  Initial work will primarily be at Lowden Ranch where floodplain material and old tailings will be processed/cleaned for addition to the river in late July early August.  We will only work in the river during the July 15-Sept 15 in-river work period.

Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, both the Lowden Ranch-Trinity House Gulch and Reading Creek sites (Douglas City campground) will be closed to the public during construction.   While in-river construction will be completed by Sept 15, floodplain and upslope work will continue until completion in approximately December 2010.  Until that time, the project sites will be closed to public access.

I attach a copy of an ad that will be placed in tomorrow's Trinity Journal.

Best Regards-


Brandt Gutermuth
Environmental Specialist
Trinity River Restoration Program
PO Box 1300, 1313 S Main St
Weaverville, CA  96093
530.623.1806 (voice)
530.623.5944 (fax)

TRINITY JOURNAL AD w/out graphics

Lowden Ranch and Reading Creek Channel Rehabilitation Projects to Begin

Lowden Ranch Area, Hamilton Ponds, and BLM Douglas City Campground Closed

The Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wish to advise all locals and visitors that the Lowden Ranch area, Hamilton Ponds, and BLM Douglas City campground, on Steiner Flat Rd, are closed to the public for the rest of the year as a safety precaution, due to the construction of rehabilitation projects at Lowden Ranch and Reading Creek. There will be no pedestrian, vehicle or river access allowed at these sites during construction. Work is slated to begin this week (July 12) at both rehabilitation project sites.

Boaters are cautioned to be aware of construction equipment that may be working in the river or crossing between July 15 and September 15, 2010.
We also advise the public to be careful of heavy equipment along local roads in these areas (Lewiston Rd, Browns Mt. Rd, and Steiner Flat Rd).  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

These projects were funded by the American Restoration and Recovery Act (ARRA) to speed recovery of Trinity River salmon and steelhead populations. The projects are built to increase shallow low-velocity areas for salmonid fry rearing and to increase fish habitat complexity in the Trinity River.  In-river work will be completed by September 15, 2010 while floodplain construction activities will continue through the fall.  These projects are being implemented under direction of the TRRP in cooperation with the BLM, California Department of Water Resources, and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

If you have any questions regarding alternative camping locations or facilities please contact the BLM Redding Field Office at (530) 224-2100. All other questions should be directed to the TRRP at (530) 623-1800 or visit the TRRP office next to the Tops Grocery in Weaverville.

To learn more about the TRRP rehabilitation projects, please visit www.trrp.net<http://www.trrp.net>.

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