Stream & Upslope Restoration
--SER's Primer on Ecological Restoration Ecological restoration is "the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed."
An ecosystem is considered to be restored when it can "sustain itself structurally and functionally; demonstrate resilience to normal ranges of environmental stress and disturbance; and interact with contiguous ecosystems in terms of biotic and abiotic flows." --Global Restoration Network
Restoration Project Background, Design, Development & Implementation
- The following UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) publications offer an overview of stream ecology, cold-water fish biology and habitat requirements, and measures to maintain and restore aquatic habitat:
- CDFG's stream habitat reports for California's North Coast streams, including those in the Russian River Watershed, identify limiting factors to fish populations and include recommendations for improvements, which are very useful for restoration project development.
- CDFG's California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual is a fundamental guide for stream habitat assessment and restoration.
- The Wild Fish Habitat Initiative has compiled a very useful list of online aquatic habitat restoration publications.
- The NRCS publication Practical Streambank Bioengineering Guide is a how-to guide for managing streambank erosion.
- The Federal Interagency Stream Restoration Working Group's Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Practices, and Processes is a critical resource for stream assessment, project planning, implementation and monitoring.
- The USEPA publication Ecological Restoration: A Tool to Manage Stream Quality examines links between restoration techniques and water quality.
Road Improvement Guides
- ANR's Forest Stewardship Series: Forest Roads
- Pacific Watershed Associates' Handbook for Forest and Ranch Roads
- Wildland Solutions' Low Maintenance Roads for Ranch, Fire & Utilities Access
Restoration Project Funding
Salmon Nation has posted an extensive list of funding programs, grant announcements, and articles about funding sources and fundraising. The following are a some of the larger state and federal funding sources in the area of fisheries restoration:
- State Water Resources Control Board funding opportunities
- National Fish and Wildlife Grants
- NOAA Restoration Center Funding Opportunities
Restoration Project Monitoring Resources
- Monitoring the Implementation and Effectiveness of Fisheries Habitat Restoration Projects and quantitativeUC Berkeley Center for Forestry's and qualitative effectiveness monitoring protocols
- CDFG's Qualitative Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring Protocols
- CDFG's Protocols for Monitoring the Response of Salmon and Steelhead to Watershed Restoration in California
- NOAA Restoration Center's Minimum Project Monitoring/Evaluation Requirements
- NOAA's Restoration Monitoring Planner
- UCCE's Developing a Monitoring Program for Riparian Revegetation Projects
Additional Restoration Information
National & International Resources
State & Local Restoration Resources
- California Coastal Conservancy
- California Society for Ecological Restoration
- FishNet 4C
- National Rivers Restoration Science Synthesis
- Coastal Watershed Planning and Assessment Program
- Natural Resource Projects Inventory
- River Restoration at UC Berkeley
- Salmonid Restoration Federation
- Trout Unlimited - California
- UC Berkeley Water Resources Center Archives
- Watershed Management Council