Starting next week, the RCD, in partnership with the City of Santa Cruz, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and the County of Santa Cruz will begin construction of an instream habitat improvement project along approximately one mile of upper Zayante Creek. Since 1994, Zayante Creek consistently has possessed some of the highest juvenile steelhead densities among tributaries of the San Lorenzo River and is currently a priority area for coho recovery. This project will improve conditions for steelhead and coho salmon by reintroducing large cut trees into the creek that will be anchored in place to mimic natural conditions that have been absent due to various activities over the last century. Large wood in the stream is critical for good stream function and creates pools, refuge areas for fish to hide and reduces channel downcutting. The project designs were funded by the California Coastal Conservancy and project construction monies are from a grant by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Please contact the RCD at 831-464-2950 is you have any questions about the project.