Smith River Alliance
Special Announcement from Smith River Alliance

Smith River Plain, Del Norte County, California. Photo credit: Justin Garwood

New Report Outlines Restoration Options for Smith River Plain

Originally posted November 6, 2018

Two years in the making, this report describes potential restoration projects that improve and protect natural channel structure and function, water quality, floodplain connectivity, and biological resources along streams and waterways located in the Smith River plain.

The Smith River Alliance (SRA) used stakeholder and landowner input, historic and current aerial imagery, topographic and species distribution information, and field studies to identify and compile a list of potential projects. Ranking criteria was developed in collaboration with staff from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Del Norte Resource Conservation District (RCD) that was used to score and rank all identified projects. A total of 137 projects were identified in five projects types: 29 riparian projects, 33 channel complexity projects, 63 passage projects, 8 invasive plant projects, and 4 water quality and quantity projects.

This report was made possible by a grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy under the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act, also known as Prop 1.

A special thanks to the Del Norte Resource Conservation District for partnering on the project and to all landowners who chose to participate.

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