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San Francisco Bay Delta

Napa River Restoration Project: Rutherford Reach Completion and Oakville to Oak Knoll Reach

This project will complete all restoration actions at Rutherford Reach and support a portion of the first phase of construction in the Oakville to Oak Knoll (OVOK) Restoration Reach immediately downstream of the Rutherford Project reaches. The OVOK Project is designed to enhance geomorphic channel forms and processes to support a more diverse and complex instream conditions, increase river floodplain interactions, improve wildlife habitat, manage invasive nonnative vegetation and enhance native riparian plant communities.

Project Facts

Recipient: Napa County
Funding: $1,500,000 (non-federal match = $1,500,000)
Project Period: August 2012 – December 2016
Partners: Rutherford Dust Restoration Team, California Land Stewardship Institute, and Tessera Sciences

Environmental Results Summary: Napa River Restoration Project - Rutherford Reach Completion and Oakville to Oak Knoll Reach

OUTPUTS (Activities, efforts, and/or work product during project period)

OUTCOMES (Environmental results)

(1-5 yrs)


Rutherford Reach ( Reaches 5, 6, 7 and 9): Construct 3 – 8 floodplain benches, install up to 58 in-stream habitat structures along approximately 5900 feet of channel

Oakville – Oak Knoll (OVOK) Reach: Begin restoration activities on 0.7 miles including: construct up to three floodplain benches complexes, and install up to 27 in-stream habitat structures along 1400 feet of channel

Rutherford Reach: ~3,500 feet of eroding stream banks along 1.1 miles of river channel stabilized and up to 10 acres of riparian habitat created

Fine sediment delivery reduced by ~111,000 yd.³ (Rutherford and OVOK combined)

2017 TMDL target of 51% sediment source reduction (19,000 tons/year) from channel incision and bank erosion sources on the mainstem Napa River achieved

Oakville – Oak Knoll Reach: Stabilize 1,000 feet of eroding stream banks along 0.7 miles of river channel and create up to 2.4 acres of riparian habitat

Reduce human sources of sediment to the Napa River by 51% by 2029 (Goal: 185,000 metric tons /year)

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