Established in 2012, the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Program improves habitats for endangered species in the Russian River Watershed area, by creating new low flow areas along the bank for juvenile fish to rest, and young Coho and Steelhead to rear.
Working alongside The Sonoma County Water Agency, Pernod Ricard Winemakers is delighted to confirm the Yoakim Ranch located on Dry Creek will be re-designed to foster better habitats for local species, part of the wider project which will see approximately 14 miles of creek restored.
Dry Creek is a core source of water to Sonoma County communities, supplying water to approximately 600,000 customers. The National Marine Fisheries Service and California Department of Fish & Wildlife have confirmed that the lack of suitable habitats and excessive water velocities threaten the recovery of endangered native coho and steelhead.
The next instalment of the project will see the Water Agency and contractors design and implement further the modifications at Yoakim Ranch, due for completion by 2023 as part of the 3rd phase of the habitat enhancement project.