US Forest Service receives almost $400,000 from partners to restore key watershed

Release Date: Sep 4, 2012  

VALLEJO, Calif.—The Indian Valley Restoration Project which is in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River watershed will receive $366,400 for restoration work to be completed in early October. The Mokelumne River Watershed accounts for 94 percent of the East Bay Municipal Utility District impacting much of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties (http://www.ebmud.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/ water_supply_system2003.pdf).

Coca-Cola and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), two of several partners, will contribute a combined $366,400 toward the project which will result in a stream that can access the floodplain, spread out and reduce the energy of the water flow and re-water the nearby meadow. American Rivers, a leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams, wrote the original grant proposal and will contract for the work on the ground. The seasonal water table is expected to stay higher for longer into the dry season, encouraging the growth of riparian vegetation, and providing cooler water for fish and wildlife. Indian Valley was identified as the top candidate for restoration in the NFWF-funded 2010-2011 assessment of meadows in the Mokelumne Watershed because of its potential to provide improved habitat value. The Indian Valley project contributes to a cumulative effect that benefits downstream users.

WHAT:
Opportunity to obtain B-Roll of the work being done and video of the area prior to the work.
WHO:
U.S. Forest Service, NFWF, Coca-Cola, American Rivers
WHEN:
Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m.
WHERE:
Please meet at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisors Office: 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667. Media will follow U.S. Forest Service officials to site location which is approximately two hours from the Placerville location off highway 88.
HOW:
If you are interested in covering the event, please RSVP bycontacting John Heil at (707) 562-9004 for more information. If you are unable to cover, B-roll will be available upon request.

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