Battle Creek (California)
|- left||South Fork Battle Creek, Spring Branch|
|- right||North Fork Battle Creek|
|Source||Confluence of North Fork and South Fork|
|- location||Near Shingletown|
|- elevation||868 ft (265 m)|
|- location||Southeast of Anderson|
|- elevation||338 ft (103 m)|
|Length||47 mi (76 km) |
|Volume||1 cu ft (0 m3)|
|Basin||365 sq mi (945 km2)|
|Discharge||for USGS gage #11376550, 5.7 miles (9.2 km) from the mouth|
|- average||501 cu ft/s (14 m3/s)|
|- max||24,700 cu ft/s (699 m3/s)|
|- min||102 cu ft/s (3 m3/s)|
The creek is part of a $67 million Chinook salmon restoration project, a PG&E Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project. Many adjacent properties hold conservation easements protecting them from development.
In addition to the Chinook salmon, the creek has steelhead trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Counterintuitively, first-year data from a post-wildfire soil erosion study show that control sites disturbed only by fire produced substantially more water runoff and soil erosion than did sites that received post-wildfire salvage logging. These results have important implications for the use, treatment, and restoration of post-wildfire landscapes, suggesting that salvage logging can reduce soil erosion.
- Including the South Fork
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 10, 2011
- James, Cajun "Post Wildfire Salvage Logging, Soil Erosion, and Sediment Delivery, Ponderosa Fire, Battle Creek Watershed, Northern California"