Stuart Creek Dam Modification and Fish Passage Improvements

PCI designed and provided construction oversight on three fish passage improvement projects on Stuart Creek, a tributary to Sonoma Creek outside of the town of Glen Ellen, for Sonoma Land Trust. Stuart Creek is a fairly steep, cobble and boulder bed stream with high sediment transport potential. Three man-made partial or total fish passage barriers…


Lower Ten Mile River Salmonid Habitat Enhancement

In 2013, PCI began working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to plan and design projects to improve salmonid habitat value in the lower 1.7 miles of the South Fork Ten Mile River and 4.5 miles of the mainstem Ten Mile River in Mendocino County, California. The general premise compelling the Project is that off-channel rearing…


Tolay Creek Stabilization and Restoration

PCI designed and installed restoration measures in lower Tolay Creek and a severely downcut and eroding tributary as partial mitigation for the widening of Highway 101.  Various repair strategies were evaluated for each reach, and PCI worked with Sonoma Land Trust and Cal Trans staff to develop a mitigation repair strategy acceptable to the San…


Thomas Creek Ranch Salmonid Enhancement Design

The residents of Thomas Creek Ranch offered to host a salmonid habitat enhancement project along their stretch of lower Green Valley Creek, a tributary to the Russian River. In cooperation with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District and a Technical Working Group for the creek, PCI developed conceptual and construction plans to provide winter rearing…


Pit River Spoils Piles Revegetation

As part of PG&E’s federal relicensing process for their Pit River hydroelectric facilities in Shasta County, PCI designed and implemented revegetation of over 20 acres, including three spoils piles, along the river. The sites include montane coniferous forest, oak woodland, and riparian habitats. The spoils themselves are very steep rock piles placed decades ago. Although…


Wishon Quarry and Crane Valley Dam Restoration

In 2012, PG&E completed a seismic retrofit at Crane Valley Dam, the embankment that forms Bass Lake, a popular US Forest Service recreational area. A project-specific quarry was developed adjacent to the site on USFS property to supply the project. To restore both the 8-acre quarry site and the 32-acre stockpile and processing areas, PCI…


Green Gulch Enhancement Project

Green Gulch Creek is a tributary to Redwood Creek in Marin County, one of the last streams south of Lagunitas Creek with a remaining wild run of coho salmon. The San Francisco Zen Center operates a meditation center and one of California’s oldest continuously certified organic farms on the property. Historic realignment and hardening of…


Dehlinger Winery Wetland Restoration

Based on the success of a previous stream stabilization project for the same client, PCI was hired to design and implement wetland restoration on the Dehlinger Winery property. The goal of the project was to protect and enhance a seasonal wetland on the property, where an eroding complex of gullies was lowering the water table…