The Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project
The Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project was designed to engage landowners and stakeholders in a coordinated, community-based water conservation effort
California has been experiencing its worst drought since recordkeeping began in the 1840s, and longer dry seasons (i.e. months without rainfall) are an impact already being felt in Northern California, which can result in reduced water quality and quantity for increased periods of time. The ongoing challenge of low water flows has galvanized many concerned residents and stakeholders in Southern Humboldt County to raise a challenging question: How can we become more resilient in a time of drought, and what can we do to keep more water in the rivers, tributaries, and streams so that people and fish have enough to survive?
Early in 2013, Salmonid Restoration Federation initiated a study to determine the feasibility of transferring a voluntary water conservation program from the Mattole watershed in Southern Humboldt County to the Redwood Creek watershed on the South Fork Eel River. The Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project was designed to engage rural landowners and stakeholders in a coordinated, community-led water conservation effort.