Campbell Creek Project

Riparian and In-Stream Habitat Enhancement Project

Completed: 2003


  • Campbell Creek Mitigation Wetland Creation Project (2000): Channel widening, native species replanting, fish passage enhancements.
  • Parallel initiative (2003): Riparian and in-stream habitat improvements, diverse native species planting.
  • Removal of 4000+ cubic yards of fill, installation of culverts for enhanced water flow.
  • Active involvement of educational institutions, volunteer clubs, and state organizations in restoration efforts.
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Adjacent to the Arcata Community Center a comprehensive undertaking involving channel widening and strategic revegetation occurred. East of Highway 101 and South of SR 255 a parallel initiative was undertaken to enhance riparian and in-stream habitats. 

Restoration Enhancements

The restoration enhancements encompassed two key projects. The Campbell Creek Mitigation Wetland Creation Project, finalized in 2000, involved significant measures such as channel widening and strategic replanting with a diverse array of native species including dogwood, willow, cedar, Sitka spruce, maple, alder, spirea, lily, pond weed, bulrushes, cattail, soft rushes, Lyunby sedge, and red fescue. Alongside this vegetation, structural enhancements were implemented to facilitate fish passage and spawning, and the removal of over 4000 cubic yards of fill across a 90,840 square-foot area, along with the installation of a 24-inch culvert.

Additionally, a parallel initiative east of Highway 101 and South of SR 255, completed in 2003, focused on enhancing riparian and in-stream habitats. This initiative covered 850 feet, spanning 2,537 square feet. Re-vegetation efforts in this area included species like willow, alder, Sitka spruce, maple, red flowering currant, twinberry, and wax myrtle. Complementing the planting efforts were structural enhancements, fencing, and a culvert upgrade, all contributing to the restoration and improvement of these natural habitats.

Partnership and Funding

The success of these restoration projects was made possible through robust partnerships and strategic funding. The Campbell Creek Mitigation Wetland Creation Project, supported by the California Department of Fish and Game ($27,820) and the City of Arcata ($20,250), exemplified collaborative efforts. These financial contributions played a pivotal role in facilitating the project's goals. Additionally, partnerships with educational institutions such as Equinox School and Arcata High School's Natural Resource Club, alongside active involvement from Humboldt State University (HSU) and Fish and Game participants, were integral to the overall success of these restoration initiatives.