Rock Creek Meadow Restoration and Shasta Crayfish Reintroduction
Rock Creek Meadow Restoration and Shasta Crayfish Reintroduction Enhancement Program
Spring Rivers Foundation received funding and completed an Enhancement Grant to revive and re-water a 650 foot channel in Rock Creek and restore the surrounding meadow to create a supportive environment for the endangered Shasta crayfish. After years of preparation and testing, the crayfish were successfully moved into their new habitat in Rock Creek in July 2019. The new habitat is separated from other waterways, so they will be safe from invasive signal crayfish, which is a predator and competitor to the endangered Shasta crayfish. The meadow enhancement also provides riparian habitat for other species. The foundation is working with the local high school and universities to involve youth and young adults in the restoration project, as part of their high school and university curriculum. This project leveraged an 83% match, bringing in more than $500,000 worth of funding from outside sources.