Hey Everyone!

Our very own John McCullah has a nice write-up in the Redding Record Searchlight.  It’s a great read, check it out here!  

John McCullah is the sworn enemy of riprap, and for that matter anything that keeps streams from flowing freely in their natural state, anything that keeps wild salmon from navigating their native streams.

McCullah can tell you horror stories about salmon returning to streambeds littered with the debris from mining and gravel operations, of fingerlings trapped in those gravel-choked streams, dying by the thousands.

That’s why, with the help of Shasta College students, he’s spent the past 12 years restoring Sulphur Creek to its original configuration, and cleaning debris from its streambed….

You can read the rest on the Redding Record Searchlight Site.  Big thanks to Tim Holt for the writeup.

Join the Sacramento Watersheds Action Group and Shasta College for this great educational event:

3.5-days of classroom and in-field instruction at the Shasta College Campus

2 experienced instructors will provide valuable instruction backed by years of practical experience:

  • Learn to “Read a Stream” from David Derrick, Vicksburg MS.  David travels 230+ days a year visiting streams, teaching, designing, and implementing projects !!
  • Learn the MOST Environmentally-Sensitive Streambank Stabilization* and Biotechnical Techniques from John McCullah.
  • How are redirective techniques (rock vanes and bendway weirs) different from resistive techniques? Learn from experience.
  • What is self-launching / self-filtering rock?  What are alternatives to filter fabric for geotechnical root stabilization of the banks?
  • Tour 2 remarkable  Salmonid stream restoration projects – Sulphur Creek and Clear  Creek with the experts.  Stillwater Creek at Shasta College will provide a actual learning laboratory

About Stillwater Creek:

This salmon/steelhead stream is incised, channelized, and the 20′-high bank are collapsing.  Help us develop a plan for this reach of Stillwater Creek!  Help us stabilize the stream bank using state of the art bioengineering techniques!!

This workshop IS the actual process for saving a stream. There is no better way to learn. 

All of this and more for only $250 !!!

*  Participants will receive the NCHRP Report-544 Environmentally-Sensitive Channel and Bank Protection Measures – the entire manual of 50+ techniques, was written in html and available on CD – results of 3-year research for Transportation Research Board and Academy of Science, includes CAD details, specifications, construction details, research papers on .pdf, case studies, and ‘Greenbank’ selection software.

**  The design/planning efforts will help Shasta College and SWAG develop a grant request for restoration.  Next years class will implement maybe!!

***  The newly-formed Shasta College Foundation is helping off-set costs for this “not-to-be-missed” educational event.  Lunches will be provided along with transportation to field trip sites.

Sign up soon  SPACE IS LIMITED

 These “old innovative” techniques will NOT be covered!!


 Contact Salix Applied Earthcare to sign up.  

Call them at  (530) 247-1600.

Or email at:   info (at) salixaec.com



Hey Everybody, John writing ya!

Thought I’d give a quick pictorial update on my latest project (click here for the previous update) over at Russian River.  Here’s an aerial photo of the site at the beginning of the project (9-29-10).

And here it is one month later  (10-28-10)…

Last weekend the area had its first rainstorm, see the project with river overtopping the vanes and onto flood terrace….See how the thalweg has changed

And you all can go to the webcam to see the river TODAY!!  Just click refresh and viola – you are there


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