Corral Meadow

General Information
Project Type: 
Project Date: 
January, 2011 to January, 2013
Goals and Objectives

USDA Forest Service. Restoration of Meadow. The headcut was advancing at approximately 2-feet/year, and would have completely de-watered the meadow in less than two decades. Arresting headcut advancement was critical to the long term health of the meadow. Riffle augmentation by native sod plug (i.e., increasing the riffle crest elevation) was used along the length of a small, moderately incised stream channel to elevate channel grade (increasing accessibility to its floodplain), back-water knick points, and produce ground water mounding (i.e., “Functional Lift”) along the channel alignment. This was done in an effort to increase soil moisture and water sequestration in the meadow, allowing for more late-season water availability. 

Project Description

The subject meadow is very remote and restricted in terms of equipment access. As such, a relatively new approach to meadow restoration was used by utilizing encroaching conifers and conifers around the periphery of the meadow as restoration material. The primary objective was the installation of a bioengineered structure (a log fabric step-falls) to stabilize a large (7-foot) headcut at the toe of the meadow. The project also included riffle augmentation in a small stream channel located in the meadow by the installation of native meadow sod plugs.Project Partners: PG&E, Funding Amount=100k, Stream Miles in Project: 1.4, Project Meadow Area:  3.6