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“Where there are beavers, there is water,” says a local Scott River valley rancher. 

Water has never been more important.  Using beavers and Beaver Dam Analogues (BDA) are some of the innovative restoration techniques that Scott River Watershed Council have been utilizing to try and bridge the competing needs for water of wildlife, fish, and humans.

You have all heard of Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday and word is beginning to spread on
Giving Tuesday.  This year the Scott River Watershed Council has teamed up with Shasta Regional Community Foundation (SRCF) and are participating in on Tuesday, November 29th (Tuesday after Thanksgiving).  Your donation will go even further to help the continued efforts of SRWC, and thanks to the efforts of SRCF, your support will allow SRWC to be eligible for additional funds from an incentive pool of $80,000. Everything can be done online at



As a Thank You for contributing to Scott River Watershed the top donor will receive: 

  • 1 day of primer fly fishing at the private waters of Sugar Creek Ranch.   This day of fishing is for two people with an over night stay at French Creek Ranch, tour BDAs in the Scott River Watershed and dinner out at the awarding winning Etna Brewery                         
  • A Drift boat day trip fishing on the Klamath River. This day of fishing is for two people with an over night stay at French Creek Ranch, tour BDAs in the Scott River Watershed and dinner for two at the awarding winning Etna Brewery.
  • For all donations over $100 we will be sending you a Beaver Believer T’shirt

For more detail on how to give and for what you can receive for giving please visit:

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Thank you for your contribution on Giving Tuesday and for believing in our vision
– Scott River Watershed Council
Local restoration groups, and other experts, recently gathered to share information with each other, and the community, at the Scott Watershed Informational Forum in Fort Jones, California.  The Scott River Watershed Council, in partnership with the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District, Northern California Resource Center and the Scott River Water Trust, offered a full day informational event at which each group reviewed its past, present and future efforts.  This provided a foundation for additional presentations by restoration practitioners, agency representatives and groundwater experts.  
Brian Cluer, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration Physical Scientist, offered a theoretical understanding of the function of river systems- their degradation and restoration cycles.  Gus Tolley, from the University of California, Davis, discussed the Scott Valley Integrated Hydraulic Model and the various groundwater recharge scenarios being developed in conjunction with the Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee.  Rocco Fiori, of Fiori GeoSceinces, described process-based restoration efforts occurring in the Mid and Lower Klamath.  Bill Chesney, from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, offered a vivid description of the Department’s many-year effort to monitor salmon smolts as they leave the Scott Watershed.  Many of the presentations are available for review at
After a social hour, hosted by the Scott River Water Trust, at which the day’s participants had an opportunity to share ideas and discuss the Forum’s information, County Supervisor Ray Haupt spoke to “The County’s Many Water Issues”.  Supervisor Haupt’s keynote speech allowed all attendees to understand many of the water related challenges that lie ahead for the County.
The opportunity for community members, local and outside experts to highlight their work and exchange ideas was a rich experience, and the Scott River watershed Council looks forward to bringing the Informational Forum to the community in the years ahead.
Over the past decade, the Klamath Basin has been in the forefront of national attention due to contentious resource issues related to water allocation, water quality, proposed dam removal, and protection and recovery of threatened and endangered species.

While many resource issues face the Klamath Basin, water quality remains at the forefront of concern for the Klamath Basin Monitoring Program (KBMP). Many diverse and discrete parties conduct monitoring in the Klamath River Basin including state and federal agencies, tribal entities, PacifiCorp, and watershed groups. The Klamath Basin Monitoring Program is comprised of many of these organizations, working together to understand and improve water quality conditions.

This fall, KBMP selected SRWC’s Beaver Dam Analogue (BDA) project to be highlighted in its semi-annual meeting by featuring an on-the ground visit to SRWC’s BDAs located on Sugar Creek, and on November 3rd, fifty people from all over California came to Scott Valley to learn about the innovative restoration work being done by Scott River Watershed Council (SRWC).  
Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) are human made dams that are built to look and function like natural beaver dams.  Scott Valley is a natural location for SRWC’s first in California BDA project, because it was historically known as Beaver Valley.  One of the Valley’s natural resources- the deep, rich, alluvial soils that support agriculture, were mostly likely a result of historical beaver activity. BDAs, and the beaver that often come and inhabit them, have the potential to restore Scott River and its tributary streams, to improved function, bringing much needed groundwater, soil retention, and fish and wildlife habitat to the landscape. 
Sugar Creek landowners graciously allowed the KBMP tour to take place, and SRWC personnel shared the Scott BDA story with the visitors.  SRWC started their beaver assisted restoration efforts by helping local landowners in mitigating beaver nuisances such as irrigation and culvert plugging, tree destruction and flooding.  From there it was a natural step to start building BDAs, in order to accelerate the beneficial ecosystem restoration effects of beavers.  As the first in California BDAs, there is a tremendous interest in how SRWC’s BDAs are functioning.  SRWC reviewed BDA construction, habitat benefits, including the positive impact on coho and steelhead production, and the significant groundwater storage that has occurred behind the BDAs.
Project collaborators, the Klamath Bird Observatory and the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District, also presented to the KBMP visitors. The Klamath Bird Observatory shared the bird monitoring they are doing at multiple SRWC BDA sites.  The goal of their monitoring is to document the complex habitat changes that occur over time as a result of placing BDAs in stream systems.  The Siskiyou Resource Conservation District shared the impact of connecting an Off-Channel into the pool that was created by the Sugar Creek BDAs.   Connecting the pond increases the amount and variety of habitat available to the juvenile coho and steelhead rearing behind the BDAs.  SRWC and the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District conducted an extensive juvenile salmon monitoring program over the past year in order to understand how fish utilize the complex habitat created by the interaction between the two projects.
SRWC, along with project collaborators, the Klamath Bird Observatory and the Siskiyou Resource Conservation District, were proud to share some of the innovative and successful restoration projects occurring in the Scott River Watershed, and the field day participants rated the tour as highly successful. 

A fun SRWC project is our “Beaver Cam”; a game camera monitoring a BDA on Sugar Creek. This BDA is now fully maintained by beavers. In addition we’ve gotten a glimpse of the many other other species that have been utilizing them. The picture above captured an adult salmon leaping over the dam
Please join us on Tuesday, December 13th,11:00am at Bob's Ranch House in Etna, for our Community & Board Meeting.  Our guest speaker is Nate Key, from NRCS.  Nate will be discussing wetland conservation easements, and how they might help benefit both landowners and wildlife.
SRWC is excited to be working in the Klamath National Forest. The project involves a variety of elements including debris clean up, sediment control and returning natural water flow over a dried mountain meadow. SRWC's work is complimentary to a USFS mine restoration project dome earlier this year
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