Caltrans goes above and beyond bypass mitigation requirements in the Little Lake Valley

A logjam along Outlet Creek mixed with accumulated trash.

A logjam along Outlet Creek mixed with accumulated trash.

Last fall (2013), Caltrans Maintenance crews and Environmental staff, working with California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff, removed log jams in two areas along Outlet Creek to the north of the Willits Bypass Project area. The logjams totaled about 400’ in length, and the cleanup required hundreds of cubic yards of logs, brush, and trash to be removed from the streambed. The logs and other woody debris were then ground up into mulch by a large grinder brought onsite to be used for the bypass project. It is likely these logjams had prevented fish from reaching spawning grounds within the Little Lake Valley for years.

A logjam forming a dam along Outlet Creek.

A logjam forming a dam along Outlet Creek.

A Caltrans Heavy Equipment Operator uses an  excavator to remove debris from the confluence of Outlet and Davis Creeks.

A Caltrans Heavy Equipment Operator uses an excavator to remove debris from the confluence of Outlet and Davis Creeks.

The confluence of Outlet and Davis Creeks after the cleanup.

The confluence of Outlet and Davis Creeks after the cleanup.

The large pile of woody debris waiting to be ground into mulch.

The large pile of woody debris waiting to be ground into mulch.

This mattress and tires were just a sample of the trash removed from Outlet Creek.  The CT hardhat was placed in the photo for scale.

This mattress and tires were just a sample of the trash removed from Outlet Creek. The Caltrans hardhat was placed in the photo for scale.