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Title
Lower York Creek Hydrologic and Hydraulic Assessment, Summary Report
Creator
Prenuske Chatham, Inc
Date Created and/or Issued
7/5/07
Publication Information
City of St. Helena
Contributing Institution
UC Riverside, Library, Water Resources Collections and Archives
Collection
Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information (CDRI)
Rights Information
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Description
Scope/Content: Abstract: The City of St. Helena (City) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are in the planning and permitting stages of the Upper York Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project, which involves removal of the Upper York Creek Dam and Reservoir (UYCD).1 One concern is that removal of the dam may exacerbate flooding in York Creek within the City limits. During the 2005-06 New Year's Eve (NYE) storm, York Creek overtopped its banks at several locations in the lower reach, indicating that flood conveyance capacity may currently be well below the 100-year flow level. This report addresses two questions related to potential increased flooding as a result of removing UYCD. First: Will dam removal increase flood peaks? Dams often function as flood control structures, dampening flood heights downstream in sensitive urban areas. UYCD is not currently operated in this manner. It is unknown whether the reservoir has storage capacity to influence peak flows. Second: How will the renewed sediment deliveries downstream of the dam affect flood conveyance capacity of the lower York Creek channel? UYCD traps all the coarse sediment delivered from the watershed upstream of the dam -- 63% of the watershed's sediment source area. Removal of UYCD will allow sediment produced in the upper watershed to be transported through the lower reaches to the Napa River. The gradient of the channel upstream of the City is relatively steep (3-5% slope) and appears to have sufficient competence to transport the annual coarse sediment load. However, the reach through the City is less steep (1-2% slope) and may not be capable of transporting the delivered sediment size and load. If sediment drops out in lower York Creek, and the channel aggrades significantly over time, the flood capacity of lower York Creek will be reduced.
Scope/Content: Height: 50 Length: 140
Scope/Content: Date constructed: 1900.
Type
text
Form/Genre
digital copy
Identifier
ark:/86086/n2x63mm2
652
Subject
Engineering
Dams
Dam retirement
Place
Napa River, CA
York Creek, CA
Upper York Creek Dam
United States

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