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Bringing Salmon Back to Deer Creek

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Sierra College at the Nevada County Campus begins a new Sierra Science Lecture Series with a detailed look at the spawning grounds in Deer Creek, titled:  Evaluating the Effects of Spawning Bed Enhancement on Salmon Habitat, Water Quality, and Benthic Communities in Deer Creek, Nevada County, CA

This presentation and discussion will be held on Tuesday evening, February 11, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12. Rachel Durben, Sierra Streams Institute Training Program Coordinator will lead the discussion.

Find out how Sierra Streams Institute is working with the community to improve Deer Creek's Salmon spawning habitat through gravel augmentation-the process of replacing missing gravels that are blocked by upstream reservoirs. After three years of gravel augmentation, a five-fold increase in salmon redds (nests) has been observed in Deer Creek at the confluence with the Yuba River. Learn more about this exciting project and its potential application throughout the Sierra!

Rachel DurbenAbout the speaker: Rachel Durben is the Training Program Coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute. She holds a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Biology from Northern Arizona University, and has extensive research and education experience. Her reserch interests include riparian, stream and meadow ecology, especially concentrated on species interactions and ecosystem Health. Rachel has designed curriculum and evaluation materials for students aged 5 through adult, focusing on field-based ecological education and collaboration. She has taught in public, charter and home school classrooms and conducted workshops and trainings for community groups, California State Waterboards staff, and college students. She is currently preparing to implement the California Naturalist Program this spring, a 10-week college-level education and training program run by the University of California Cooperative Extension.

This presentation is free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available for purchase at the dispenser located at the main campus entrance. For more information about this seminar and others in this series, contact the series coordinator, Jason Giuliani at: jgiuliani@sierracollege.edu.

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