Funding awarded to restore headwaters

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The California Resources Agency recently announced that it is awarding the River Exchange a $256,000 grant to undertake a restoration and trail construction project at the Mount Shasta City Park.

The project will include re-naturalizing the severely eroded area around the Sacramento River headwaters, preparing a new viewing area, planting native vegetation, and creating a 2,000 foot multi-use pathway to connect the headwaters area to the south end of the park.

The completed project will still allow visitors to collect spring water from the headwaters, as they do currently.

“The Sacramento headwaters is a local treasure, but is being loved to death,” said River Exchange Executive Director Sandra Spelliscy.

“Extreme erosion and lack of vegetation around the spring site is contributing to poor water quality and creating the threat of a collapse that could permanently alter flows. Our intent with this project is to return the area to a more natural state, while still allowing water collection, viewing, meditation, and other activities that are currently taking place.

“The trail construction potion of the project is intended to provide greater viewing opportunities along the waterway in the park, increase visitor access, and encourage users to take advantage of the greater parking opportunities at the south end of the park,” added Spelliscy.

The grant funding is the result of a collaborative effort between the River Exchange and the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District.

“We are very pleased to be working with the River Exchange on this project,” said district administrator Mike Rodriguez.

“The River Exchange’s expertise in securing and implementing grant funds has given us the opportunity to complete much-needed work at the city park that would otherwise be very difficult to fund within the District’s budget constraints.”

The project is funded under the Prop 50 River Parkways program, which is highly competitive. The River Exchange is one of 20 groups statewide that will share in approximately $20 million in funding that was awarded in this recent grant round.

Proposition 50 was approved by California voters in 2002.