We use a watershed approach to guide river restoration and management. River systems are inherently linked from upstream to downstream and from the deepest pools to the riparian forest on the adjacent bank. By examining the watershed as a whole, we can more directly assess opportunities for maintaining, restoring, or enhancing the existing habitat. Watershed-based resource management planning in support of water resources successfully supports public access and land use, protection and enhancement of environmental resources, cultural and historic resources, educational and interpretive opportunities, and varying levels of water facilities and management operations.
- Watershed analysis, including ecological flow evaluations, riparian habitat establishment, and instream habitat creation and maintenance.
- Developing and implementing watershed-based resource management plans, including Watershed Management Plans, Master Plans, and Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMP).
- Feasibility studies, evaluation of alternatives, and determining funding priorities for greatest ecological benefit within the watershed context.
- Restoration prioritization planning, evaluation of physical processes and ecological responses to provide long-term and sustainable solutions.