Battle Creek (California)
|- left||South Fork Battle Creek, Spring Branch Battle Creek|
|- 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, rainbow, 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"