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Redwood Community Action Agency
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Project Title:
Gulch to Bay: Urban Waterway
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2020
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Education
North Coast
Humboldt County
Project Description:

The Gulch to Bay Urban Waterway project focuses on First Slough in Eureka, an urban waterway which was recently given another chance. Last fall, a sinkhole depression formed on a busy city street presenting a public safety emergency. Water was pooling under the road. The City designed and installed a larger culvert to accommodate storm events and provide for fish passage. The prior culvert presented barriers to fish passage. This urban stream section got a riparian ‘facelift.’ The work that was done to stabilize the banks and enhance the stream for fish passage is highly visible from the main road and presents a great public outreach opportunity. It received a lot of public attention when traffic was rerouted. It lies at the gateway to Cooper Gulch Park, a city-owned property with educational and recreational amenities. With this project still in the public memory and public eye, now is the time to bring awareness to, and steward protection of, this important tributary to Humboldt Bay. The culvert replacement site is about a half-mile upstream from the bay and this lower section through Cooper Gulch Park has received more than its fair share of encampments and dump sites.
Natural Resources Services (NRS) division of Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) requests funding to implement a year-long program working with Cooper Gulch youth, community members and neighbors. The program will include interpretive programming for two Gulch school sites highlighting: water quality, stormwater, watershed health for aquatic life and connection to marine environments. Walking field trips will include trash pickups, water quality testing and aquatic-life exploration. Project partners (constituency section) and neighbors will engage in larger scale clean-ups to remove abandoned encampments. At the project’s conclusion, interpretive displays featuring youth’s artwork will educate the visiting public about the values of healthy watersheds. Schools will be gifted trash grabbers.