Red Clover Poco (2010)
In 2010, 2.5 miles of gullied stream channel immediately downstream of the Red Clover McReynolds Project was eliminated. Stream flows were returned to remnant channels at original meadow/channel elevations utilizing the "pond and plug" technique, restoring the functionality of 160 acres of effected floodplain within Red Clover Valley on public lands. The primary project goal was to improve the water and sediment retention functions of the watershed, with objectives focusing on reduced bank erosion, improved water quality, improved fish and wildlife habitat, reduced flood flows, and increased base flows. Pre-project monitoring completed in 2009 and 2010. Post-project monitoring will start in 2011. Primary funding ($1,169,650) was provided through the State Water Resources Control Board Proposition 13 and Proposition 15 Watershed Protection Grant Program, with contributions from Department of Water Resources, PRBO Conservation Science, Plumas Audubon, Herger-Fienstein Quincy Library Group, U.S. Forest Service-Plumas National Forest, and volunteers.
Due to high flows in Spring 2011 some repair work was needed on the Red Clover Poco Project. Repairs were completed in October 2011. Additional revegetation work was also completed in 2011 by the California Conservation Corps. The U.S. Forest Service- Plumas National Forest completed the rock headcut treatments on Poco Creek in September 2011.