Lagunitas Creek Restoration The Salmon Protection

Restoration Stories

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network’s (SPAWN) most recent restoration project has created a side-channel complex in Lagunitas Creek which acts as a nursery habitat for juvenile Coho salmon, steelhead trout, and California freshwater shrimp, all of which are endangered species in California. Lack of adequate winter rearing habitat caused by creek incision, development, and disconnection from the floodplain, have been shown to be limiting factors for stable salmon populations. These new side channels are activated both in the summer and during the winter, reconnecting the main channel with the floodplain and having many positive impacts on the whole ecosystem. Learn More © Charlie Startin SPAWN Habitat Restoration Intern