Since 2015, we have been working with the Sonoma County Water Agency, in cooperation with other wineries, neighbors, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore and protect this precious habitat for these endangered fish and all the creatures that depend on a healthy watershed. Native vegetation has been planted along the banks, replacing invasive plants, to provide shade, prevent erosion, and create habitat for birds, beneficial insects, and other wildlife. Weirs are built to slow the velocity of water and provide pools in which the fish can safely rest before continuing their upstream journey to spawn. Boulders, root wads and logs create backwaters, side channels, and shady habitat for the hatchlings to live in during the summer, before they make their way out to the Pacific Ocean and start this incredible cycle all over again.
Our guests and staff observe first-hand the rewards of this work. Fish can be spotted in the late winter, returning to their birthplace to spawn. Osprey, red tail hawks, golden eagles, blue herons, white cranes, ducks, and even an occasional otter entertain and delight. Our goal is to do our part to help restore the Dry Creek ecosystem so that these fish, as well as all living things, can thrive.