2000 Certificate of Appreciation
Saeltzer Dam Removal Project

Award presentation to Jeff Souza (L) by then-Department of Interior Secretary, Bruce Babbitt (R)
Jeff Souza was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in 2000 for his contribution, as a member of the Lower Clear Creek Restoration Team, to the Saeltzer Dam Removal Project.  The project involved the removal of a historic diversion dam on Clear Creek, west of Redding, in Shasta County, California.  The dam had acted as a complete migration barrier to fall-run, late fall-run and spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead and resident rainbow trout since its construction in the early 1900s.  The dam was removed in October of 2000 which resulted in the reestablishment of 11 miles of habitat and the restoration of anadromous salmon populations above the former dam site.

2006 Riparian Challenge Award
American Fisheries Society – Western Division
Lower Clear Creek Floodway Rehabilitation Project

Lower Clear Creek Restoration Team - from left John Ribinsky (Western Shasta RCD), Eda Eggeman and Mike Berry (Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game), Gary Diridoni (Bureau of Land Management), Matt Brown (US Fish and Wildlife Service), Leslie Bryan (Western Shasta RCD), Francis Berg (Bureau of Land Management) and Jeff Souza (Tehama Environmental Solutions, Inc.).  Not pictured Michael Harris (Western Shasta RCD), Graham Matthews (Graham Matthews & Associates), Jim DeStaso (Bureau of Reclamation), Tricia Bratcher (Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game), Ryan Burnett and Michael Rogner (PRBO Conservation Science), Guy Chetelat (Regional Water Quality Control Board) and Howard Brown (National Marine Fisheries Service).
Jeff Souza, as a member of the Lower Clear Creek Restoration Team, received the 2006 Riparian Challenge Award from the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for the Lower Clear Creek Floodway Rehabilitation Project located west of Redding, California.  The Bureau of Land Management Redding Field Office and the Lower Clear Creek Restoration Team received the award after being selected from 13 applications submitted from throughout the AFS Western Division which includes thirteen western states, British Columbia, Yukon, Mexico and the Western Pacific islands and trust territories.  TES is currently providing professional services including environmental permitting, riparian site assessment, restoration design, implementation oversight and project monitoring for this multi-phased, multi-million dollar project. The project is designed to restore anadromous fish and riparian wildlife populations by restoring a functional stream channel and floodplains along Clear Creek, the first major tributary to the Sacramento River below Shasta Dam.