Cordova Creek Naturalization Project


September 30, 2016 - Channel Construction

The Cordova Creek Naturalization Project, a grant funded project, was a collaborative effort between Sacramento County Departments of Water Resources and Regional Parks, Water Forum, City of Rancho Cordova, Soil Born Farms, California Native Plant Society, and SAFCA to create a natural channel for Cordova Creek (formerly Clifton's Drain) within the Lower American River Parkway. Demolition of the old straight concrete-lined channel and construction of a more natural channel across the upland area adjacent to Soil Born Farms began in 2015 and was completed by 2016.

May 5, 2016 - Young Plants

The newly created channel includes meanders, pools and riffles, and a cattle crossing that will help prevent channel erosion. The project area was planted with wetland, riparan, and upland plant species 2016 and 2017 and the abundant winter rains have been very beneficial for these young establishing plants. The upland area was seeded with a mix of native perennial grasses and native forbs.
Additionally, users will find interpretive signs along a trail that winds through the newly created channel and habitat.

Left to Right: June 22, 2016, July 7, 2016, and June 6, 2016