Cache Creek is a tributary of the Sacramento River and is one of Yolo County's most important natural resources. In decades past, gravel from its streambed was mined and used in the concrete and asphalt that built many of San Francisco and the Bay Area's buildings and roadways. That gravel mining had dire consequences on the ecosystem of Cache Creek and Yolo County has been working diligently for more than 20 years at the difficult task of maintaining the important economy of gravel mining while at the same time restoring the ecosystem of Cache Creek.
The solution the County came up with in 1996 was to move mining out of the Creek itself and onto adjacent parcels that contain gravels laid down millennia ago. The so-called Off-Channel Mining Plan or OCMP laid the groundwork for this while its companion the Cache Creek Resource Management Plan or CCRMP lays out a vision for bringing the ecosystem back to life. Together, these plans make up the Cache Creek Area Plan or CCAP and when it was conceived and implemented by Yolo County in 1996 it was years ahead of its time as a framework for adaptive management of fragile ecosystems.
Fast forward to 2018 and Yolo County has just finished a sweeping 20-year retrospective of the program laid out by the CCAP that updates the technologies and science that are its foundations. FlowWest is proud to be a cornerstone of the CCAP program, where both Mark Tompkins and Paul Frank sit on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) that guides the program. A key component of that 20-year update was development of a new web-based application that allows users to interact with all the program's data collected over 20 years. FlowWest has migrated all these data into a cloud database so that Yolo County residents and stakeholders can become more involved in the process than ever.
Last week, Paul Frank helped Yolo County staff present the 2017 Annual Report to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. 2017 was a very active year for creeks all over California, but especially Cache Creek, which migrated laterally up to 100 feet in some places. The local Daily Democrat recently reported on this, including FlowWest's development of a cloud-based software application that takes all the data collected under the CCAP program and makes it publicly available for the first time in the program's history.