Master Ditch Flume Pipeline Upgrade

The project involves the removal of 1000 feet of metal 36”D corrugated pipe and replace with 36” D Aluminized CMP.  This project was completed with a grant from the California Department of Water Resources.  The grant was for $84,200 and was completed 11/2016.  The contractor for this project was White Bear Construction. The original flume was constructed in 1867 and was made of wood.  In 1945 the wood flue was taken out and replaced with the present metal pipe.  Over the years numerous leaks in the pipe have occurred.  Most are occurring along the bottom of the pipe at joints that are rusting out, some by falling rocks hitting the pipe and a few suspect gun shot holes. The amount of water being lost is estimated to range from 500 to 600 ac ft /season.

  • Project Concept:  Replace the existing CMP (Corrugated Metal Pipe) with new pipe having the same capacity.  The original design considered replacing the existing CMP with HDPE plastic pipe.  However, after having representatives from the supplier visit the site, it was determined that the rocky conditions presented some unique problems in using this type of pipe.  Other options to replace or refurbish the existing pipe were considered.  These included other types of plastic pipe, plastic pipe inserts and spray-on liners.  These methods were not selected because of one or more of the following reasons: being more expensive, reducing the capacity of the existing pipe and not practical because of the remote, rocky location.  Aluminized CMP was selected as the most economical and practical replacement for the existing CMP.
  • Project Layout:  The installation of the new pipe was on the existing bed that the old pipe is on.  Road base material was placed on fill areas identified in the contractor’s White Bear Construction survey notes.  Inlet and outlet remained the same but partially reconstructed to accommodate the new pipe. Earth material was used at the outlet and concrete at the inlet. 

Barry Point Fire Ecosystem Restoration Project

The Barry Point Fire in 2012 severely burned the landscape destroying thousands of acres of prime forest land in northeastern Modoc County. The purpose of the Barry Point Fire Ecosystem Restoration Project (BPFERP) was to set in motion the reforestation and rehabilitation process of the affected Barry Point Fire area and to reestablish native ponderosa pine on private lands with public values protected by a conservation easement.

The BPFERP area includes 22,414 acres of the approximately 32,686-acre Lakeview Forest owned by Collins Timber Company. The project is located in Modoc County on the Modoc plateau west of Goose Lake, immediately adjacent to the California/Oregon state line. The Modoc Resource Conservation District (RCD) and Collins Pine worked in partnership on this project with assistance from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

This prime area of forest land provides natural, ecological, and scenic assets to conservation values such as fish and wildlife habitats, multiple subwatersheds, open space as well as public recreational values. These values are also recognized by the State of California in the form of a conservation easement held by Pacific Forest Trust through the Wildlife Conservation Board and the people of Modoc County as providing a public benefit.

In 2015, the Modoc Resource Conservation District (MRCD), in partnership with Collins Pine Timber Company, was awarded a grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) with Proposition 1 funding in support of the Watershed Improvement Program. The purpose of the grant was to reestablish the native East side pine/Ponderosa pine, Initially, approximately 500,000 seedlings were to be planted on 2364 acres within the SNC boundaries. However, this number was reduced to 139,710 acres on 835 acres due to a variety of circumstances explained more thoroughly in the “Challenges” section.

It is our expectation that following the completion of this project, the area will provide restore wildlife habitat, protect water quality, enhance the scenic beauty the local community enjoys for recreation, and ensures that the property can remain in timber production to support the local economy.

The project took approximately four years to complete. Completion date was in October 28, 2019.

Likely Project

Photo series was taken from in-channel levee looking south east across wetland area and at river cut-bank.  Third photo shows success of willow planting and broadcast grass and forb seeding.

Pit River Project

Streambank restoration project.

Modoc Collaborative Fuels Treatment Map

We are the RCD

The Modoc RCD works with landowners and agencies to help conserve our precious natural resources.