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Ecosystem Quantification - Insights from three decades of process-based restoration of the Cosumnes River floodplain

Monday, July 7, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Joshua Viers - Assistant Professor, UC Merced

The Cosumnes River is the only major river in the Sierra Nevada without a large dam and only tributary of the Sacramento-San Joqauin River system that retains a quasi-natural flow regime. These flow characteristics have been the basis for a series of experiments, starting in the early 1980’s, focused on natural processes that return floodplain environments recently utilized for agriculture into active riparian ecosystems.

This talk will focus on the most recent and ongoing process-based restoration effort at the Cosumnes River Preserve (Oneto-Denier site) and how this approach can inform Delta restoration planning and assessment.

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Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)