Canyon Protection Group (PCPG) is a citizen's group of residents of
Pocket Canyon which formed to protect Pocket Canyon Creek and the
surrounding aquifer and watershed. CCWI is supporting the Pocket Canyon
Protection group in conducting citizen monitoring on Pocket Canyon
water quality monitoring program on Pocket Canyon began when a Timber
Harvest was being planned on 185 acres of watershed just above the
creek. There is a community well located 20 feet from the creek
and it is only 15 feet deep.
The slopes above the creek are 70-80% in some areas. The community
was very concerned about the possibility of our water quality being
affected so we contacted CCWI for some advice.
CCWI suggested establishing a baseline water quality database by
monitoring the water upstream and downstream of the proposed Timber
Harvest area so that we could identify any degradation caused by
the logging operation.
As members of the Pocket Canyon Protection Group (a neighborhood
group formed to fight the Timber Harvest ) , the first volunteers
were Elizabeth Christie and Lisa Vasse. Doug Vincent took over after
about a year and continues the creek monitoring duties. The Timber
Harvest Plan was amended and scaled back numerous times before it
was finally given the go ahead. We believe that without the threat
of water quality issues being easily identified by the creek monitors,
the timber operators may have gotten a much more destructive harvest
I still enjoy monitoring the creek and get a special thrill when
I spot the steelhead trout fingerlings in the pools near my testing
sites in the summer.
Pocket Canyon Creek along Hwy. 116 about 4 miles from Guerneville
PCC020: 12170 Hwy. 116, downstream of the Inn and the tank
in the creek
PCC030: The backyard at 11900 Hwy. 116
PCC040: 50 ft. upstream from bridge along Hwy. 116 at May's