Redds are underwater depressions or “nests” created by spawning fish in which to lay their eggs; a critical part of their lifecycle. Monitoring in the Spring of 2019 found no redds in the Lower American River at Sailor Bar Park, as the quality of the gravel used to create these nests had degraded too much to be suitable for spawning. cbec addressed this issue through our analysis and design of the Upper Sailor Bar Gravel Augmentation and Side Channel Habitat Establishment Project located in Fair Oaks, CA.
Following construction in the late summer and fall of 2019, more than 345 redds were recorded in this Spring’s count. Check out this video of recently hatched juvenile Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout making the most of this newly enhanced habitat. cbec is proud to be part of the Water Forum’s Lower American River Salmonid Gravel Augmentation and Side-Channel Habitat Establishment Program.