Restoration & Management Practices
Science Institute (WSI, Natural Resources Conservation Service)
The WSI is a group of interdisciplinary
USDA specialists dedicated to assisting NRCS to carry out programs in
a manner that improves watershed processes and functions. They do this
primarily through adaptation of science into technical tools and procedures.
Information, Resources, Tools, Models, and Data from the Natural Resources
This is the official location
of NRCS’ approaches to monitoring, assessment, and management
of agricultural and other activities to reduce impacts to the environment.
Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices (Federal Interagency
Stream Corridor Restoration Working Group, 2001)
This document was produced
by the collective experience, skills, and techonology of 15
Federal agencies of the United States government. It is a benchmark
document that is being used by these agencies, as well as many others
who are interested in restoring the functions and values of the nation's
stream corridors. It describes assessment methods and restoration planning.
Project Evaluation and Assessment - Methods
Coastal Salmonid Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program: Interim
Restoration Effectiveness and Validation Monitoring Protocols (Department
of Fish and Game, 2003)
The protocols are intended
to measure the effectiveness of efforts to improve and conserve coastal
watersheds, streams and anadromous fish habitat. The interim protocols
are presented in this manual. They are being made available to qualified
investigators for use with proposed and/or completed restoration projects
in coastal California watersheds. Additional field tests will help refine
and improve these protocols on an adaptive basis.
Management Practitioners’ Network Resources
A variety of articles, abstracts,
and conference links are provided addressing ecosystem management and
assessment, data analysis, and collaborative processes.
Slough Restoration Project
The Dutch Slough site is located
in the western Delta, in the City of Oakley, in eastern Contra Costa
County. The site encompasses 1,166-acres. It is bounded by Dutch Slough
on the north, Marsh Creek on the west, the Contra Costa Canal on the
south and Jersey Island Road on the east. The Dutch Slough project
provides a significant opportunity to improve understanding of
restoration science in the Delta ecosystem. Adaptive management employs
the scientific method
to maximize the information value of restoration and management actions.
With the assistance of a panel of scientists, the project team will
design restoration actions to test hypotheses about how the ecosystem
functions and how best to achieve the project objectives. In this
respect, adaptive management interventions are conducted as experiments.
Project implementation will be guided by the best available information
but will be monitored and implemented with the goal of increasing our
understanding about the science of restoration.