Restoration

The Cache Creek Conservancy was established to promote the restoration, enhancement, and prudent management of the stream environment along Cache Creek. The Conservancy‘s primary area of focus is the area delineated in the Cache Creek Resources Management Plan (CCRMP), first adopted by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1996. This Plan sets forth the goals and objectives for the riparian resource and serves as the guide for the restoration efforts undertaken by the Conservancy. The CCRMP covers the lower stretch of Cache Creek from the Capay Dam to I-5 at the town of Yolo, approximately 14.5 miles. The Plan also serves as the basis for general permits held by the County, and under which the Conservancy is permitted to work within the riparian corridor.

The Cache Creek Conservancy is dedicated to restoring the lower part of Cache Creek and has initially concentrated on the removal of invasive plant species, primarily arundo (Arundo donax) and tamarisk (Tamarisk parviflora). Other invasive species of particular concern are Ravenna grass (Ravennae saccharum) and purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). Revegetation with native plants has been done in selected areas and will continue as funding is available.

The Conservancy also provides assistance to creekside landowners for habitat preservation and restoration projects. Additionally, the Conservancy annually holds at least one workshop for landowners and other interested person on riparian restoration methods.



Current Projects 
2011: Restoration, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation; 3-year project at 3 County-owned sites (CA 
           Department of Parks and Recreation, OHV Division funding)
2010: South Bank Restoration, Phase II, Mitigation Site for Yolo County Flood Control & Water 
           Conservation District; 3-year Project (YCFC&WCD funding)  

2010:  Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation: Cache Creek Cultural Restoration Project, Phase II; 3-year project
           managed by the CCC (Tribal Wildlife Grant, USFWS funding)


Past Projects 
2008: South Bank Restoration, Phase I, 94B Site; 3-year project (Rose Foundation funding)
2008: Weed Management Area; 2-year project to eradicate specific invasive plants (WMA funding) 
2006: Non-Native Invasive Vegetation Removal in the Jesus Maria Reach of Cache Creek; 4-year project 
            (Yolo County CCRMP funding) 
2006: Invasives Control, Capacity Building, and Broadening Partnerships on Cache Creek; 3-year project 
            (Calfed funding) 
2006: Riparian Habitat Restoration, Cache Creek Lower Reach, Phase II; 3-year project (WCB funding) 
2003: Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians: Cache Creek Cultural Restoration Project; 3-year project 
            managed by the CCC (Tribal Wildlife Grant, USFWS funding)  
2003: Salisbury Spill Erosion Control Project (CCC, Yolo County, Yolo County Flood Control & Water 
            Conservation District funding) 
2001: Riparian Habitat Restoration, Cache Creek, Lower Reach; 3-year project (WCB and Calfed funding)
1999: Tamarisk & Arundo Demonstration Project  
1998: Erosion Control Demonstration Project on Craig Site 
1998: Hayes “Bowtie” Site  
1996: Correll Site