Watershed Assessment and Environmental Planning

Our watershed assessment and environmental planning spans multiple sciences, strategies and implementation areas. Our project work includes land, vegetation, and watershed assessments designed to assess existing conditions, develop restoration priorities, monitor restoration impacts and develop the essential building blocks for large-scale implementation planning.

Informed by our geospatial services, monitoring, strong partnership network, and extensive knowledge of the land, the Watershed Center has created numerous planning documents that have guided implementation and restoration priorities, and helped to inform long range, landscape-scale planning and adaptive management throughout Trinity County.

Check out these exciting projects below to learn more about our environmental planning and watershed assessment work:

Big Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan

This Watershed Assessment is an existing conditions report providing an overview of natural processes, active land management, and their relationship to the quality and quantity of the municipal water supply for the community of Hayfork, California.  Drawing on multiple disciplines, this collaboratively-developed assessment incorporates a diverse range of interests to draft a widely supported watershed management plan. The primary objectives identify short and long term management strategies to reduce the potential impacts of non-point source pollution, protect beneficial uses, and improve water body quality in Big Creek and the Ewing Reservoir.

View the Big Creek Integrated Management Plan Here

Climate Adaptation Plan 

In 2011, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), the Cumberland River Compact, and The Watershed Research and Training Center came together to create a climate adaptation plan for Trinity County, CA. This climate adaptation plan for Trinity County, CA presents the results of a community team effort, deep and broad information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning. The result of this collaborative effort is a powerful climate adaptation plan that the community can support and implement in coming years. The outcome will be a community that can better withstand impacts of climate upon their natural resources, economy and social structure in the decades to come.

View the Climate Adaptation Plan Here

Spring Chinook in the South Fork Trinity River: Recommended Management Actions and the Status of their Implementation

This document summarizes the available literature on the South Fork Trinity River and its tributaries as they link to spring-run Chinook salmon (Spring Chinook). Data gaps and potential limiting factors for South Fork Trinity River Spring Chinook have been identified and recommendations for next steps have been outlined.

View the Spring Chinook Study Here

South Fork Trinity River Supplemental Watershed Assessment (FRGP)

The South Fork Trinity River (SFTR) Supplemental Watershed Assessment is a gap analysis of the SFTR Watershed that addresses existing information deficits in previous watershed assessment documents. The assessment provides a general overview of the SFTR watershed and summarizes past studies. The report also reviews major findings, analysis, and data from a suite of individual assessments analyzing water conservation measures, stream temperature analysis, riparian vegetation assessment and planning, and fish passage at stream diversion and mouth.

View the Main Watershed Assessment Here

Access the comprehensive report database, including data and sub reports, here.

View Maps produced based on research, data, and studies identifying drought, sediment, and fire behavior in the South Fork Trinity Region.

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