North Fork Battle Creek Restoration

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DFG Press Release

6/28/02

$25K EARMARKED FOR CREEK

REDDING--The Department of Fish and Game said today it will look for the "best bang for the buck" in its use of $25,000 in restoration funds the DFG has received for fish and wildlife habitat of North Fork Battle Creek just north of the Shasta-Tehama county line.

Don Koch (read "cook"), DFG regional manager in Redding, made the comments last week after receiving the $25,000 check from Shasta County District Attorney McGregor Scott, whose office filed charges against four people 20 months ago in connection with a massive earth moving project that threatened to bury Battle Creek at Eagle Canyon in boulders and sediment.

Four people, including the landowner couple, were charged in connection with project, which involved substantial alteration of a steep canyon side that created the potential for hundreds of tons of material to end up in the stream. Restoration work over the past year appears to have stabilized the steep slope, the DFG said.

A Civil Code settlement of the case provided for payment of approximately $50,000 by the defendants, including $25,000 to the DFG for "habitat restoration costs in the Battle Creek watershed." Court documents estimated construction work to stabilize the steep slope would cost the defendants $115,000.

"It is a proud day for the district attorney's office when we can ensure that this kind of money goes right back into the Battle Creek area," said McGregor Scott, Shasta County district attorney.

Koch, whose staff of wardens and biologists investigated the case beginning in late August, 2000, said the $25,000 restoration money will be kept in an account specifically for Battle Creek until the DFG can determine how best to use it.


"We will get the best bang for the buck we can for the Battle Creek watershed," Koch said.

"We are grateful to prosecutor Larry Allen and District Attorney Scott for crafting a settlement of this case that will provide benefits directly to the fish and wildlife of Battle Creek," he added.

He said the money might be used to help further a large, multi-agency project that is aimed at restoring anadromous fish access to some 42 miles of the Battle Creek drainage where five water diversion dams now impede passage of salmon and steelhead.
 

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