Santa Cruz, California


Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County



About this Project

The West Branch of Soquel Creek supports the federally threatened steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and historically supported the federally and state endangered coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch).  Tucker Road Ford was a concrete ford that was a barrier to fish passage and the purpose of the project was to improve fish passage by removing the concrete ford, reshaping the stream channel to improve habitat, and install a clear span bridge to provide year round access to residential parcels.  Sherwood was retained by the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County and led a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, hydrologist, geomorphologics and biologist to restore the creek and install a clear span bridge.   The ford was replaced by a 120-foot span bridge designed to pass the 100-year flood event.    Approximately 215 feet of the channel upstream of the ford was reshaped to restore a stable stream bed and the former channel morphology.