Nonprofit gives $2 million to restore Hat Creek

Jul 13, 2015 12:01 PM by Associated Press, Photo: Flickr

A private nonprofit organization is funding $2 million in conservation efforts for a North State trout stream near Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The Sacramento Bee reports the Pacific Forest and Watershed Council will divide the money among groups to restore Hat Creek.

The Spring Rivers Foundation is getting $550,000 to restore a tributary of Hat Creek alongside Fall River High School advanced biology students. Foundation executive director Maria Ellis said the project furthers a K-12 outdoor education program.

Ellis said moving an intake diversion downstream will improve water flow to Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery as well as create a habitat for a state and federally endangered fish, the endemic Shasta crayfish.

Pit River Tribe vice chairman says $1.4 million from the council will be used for a youth initiative and workforce program.

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