Watershed Restoration

Watershed Restoration

Restoring our watershed is one of the most important legacies we can leave. Polcum Springs is a ridge-to-valley watershed varying in elevation from 1,800 ft. to 2,700 feet.  The four seasonal creeks on the property are tributaries to year-round Grubb Creek, which converges with Ten Mile Creek, and the South Fork of the Eel River.

California’s Coast Range is characteristically unstable, with a very young geology that delivers high sediment loads to our watercourses.  To restore the ecological integrity of our streams and creeks, and to stabilize our hillsides, we have explored a variety of techniques over time.  We have used gabions, rock dams, brush-packing, and other bioengineering techniques with varying success.

Drawing from a priceless local knowledge base of seasoned restorationists in our watershed, we’ve come to love and admire brushpacking, a technique that uses branches, leaves and grasses to catch sediment and restore creekbeds. With brushpacking, one big storm event can reverse years of erosion and catch yards of sediment, and Nature does most of the work!

We continue to learn from restoration efforts that work better than we imagined, as well as those that work less than we imagined.  Our goal is to stabilize hillsides, prevent erosion in our roadways, minimize sediment loads to our watercourses, and reverse streambank erosion.