Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cottonwood Creek

Cottonwood Creek is located within Nez Perce County, Idaho and is a tributary to the Clearwater River (figure 1). The watershed encompasses approximately 40,700 acres. The headwaters are located near Reubens, Idaho. Cottonwood Creek flows in a northerly direction through the Nez Perce Indian Reservation joining with the Clearwater River near Myrtle.

A watershed management plan was completed for this watershed in 2012. The detailed plan can be found in the resource library section.

Figure 1. Click on image to view larger version.

Cottonwood Creek Location Map

Watershed Improvement Needs:

The following needs were identified from the 2012 Cottonwood Creek Watershed Plan:

A – Improve riparian condition – 112 miles riparian restoration.
B – Reduce Stream bank Erosion – 87 miles stream bank protection.
B – Restore Floodplain Access and Reconnect Channel – 22 miles.
C – Improve watershed hydrology - Install 30 acres wetland enhancements, 1300 acres upland grass/forb planting, and 860 acres upland tree planting.
D – Reduce sediment delivery to streams from uplands – 6,322 acres upland treatment.
E – Remove or retrofit fish barriers – remove 13 barriers
E – Reduce Road Associated Sediment Delivery to the Stream – 9.5 miles road improvements
F – Protection Reaches – 20 miles of stream recommended for protection

In This Section:

  • Discover Cottonwood Creek
    This section describes the watershed’s physical characteristics, history, and provides an introduction to the watershed.
  • Learn the Issues
    This section describes the watershed’s issues including agriculture, fisheries, water quality, and much more…
  • Resource Library
    Find publications, photographs, videos, maps, and data regarding the watershed.
  • Take Action
    Read here to determine how you can help!

Discover Cottonwood Creek

Cottonwood Creek is a tributary to the Clearwater River and encompasses 7,800 acres of agricultural and rangelands.

In This Section:

  • The Watershed
    Become familiar with the watershed’s physical characteristics such as soils, streams, plants, animals and infrastructure.
  • Cottonwood Creek 101
    Facts about the watershed.
  • History
    Discover the area’s geological history.

Learn the Issues

The major pollutants in Cottonwood Creek include sediment, high stream temperatures, and low stream flows. Learn more about the issues by selecting topics below.

In This Section:

Resource Library

The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District collects resources for public use. Resources include photos, videos, maps, publications and data sets. As these resources become available they are posted here.

In This Section:

  • Photos
    View photos from the watershed.
  • Videos
    View videos about the watershed.
  • Maps
    View maps relating to the watershed.
  • Publications
    View publications and documents relating to the watershed.
  • Data
    View available data collected for the watershed.

Take Action

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Contact Us

Nez Perce
Soil and Water
Conservation District

Office Location:
27880 Chambers Road
Culdesac, ID 83524
(Map of Office Location)

Phone: 208-843-2931
Fax: 208-843-2234


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 131
Culdesac, ID 83524

Office Hours:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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