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Changing Channels:
A review and discussion of the science of stream restoration in the Russian River, Sonoma Creek and Napa River watersheds

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September 12, 2013
8:30 am - 5 pm

The Theater at Copia
500 1st Street, Napa, California

Topics include: the geomorphic and watershed processes creating entrenched channels; limitations to riparian and aquatic habitat in entrenched channels; influences of historical landscape change on present day creek form and function; examples of successful and non-successful restoration techniques in entrenched channels; the challenges of channel management on alluvial fans; effects of high velocity flows on aquatic habitat; gravel supply and salmonid habitat in an entrenched system.

Speakers:
Dr. Matt Kondolf, Fluvial Geomorphologist, U.C. Berkeley
Dr. Andrew Collison, Fluvial Geomorphologist, ESA/PWA
Dr. Matt Cover, Associate Professor of Ecology, CSU Stanislaus
Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Jonathan Koehler, Senior Biologist, Napa County Resource Conservation District
Greg Guensch, Water Resource Engineer/Geomorphologist, Sonoma County Water Agency
Dave Manning, Environmental Resources Coordinator, Sonoma County Water Agency
Arthur Dawson, Historical Consultant, Baseline Consulting
Rocko Brown, Fluvial Geomorphologist, ESA/PWA
Scott Walls, MLA.EP, Scott Walls Consulting

Presentations can be downloaded from the Presentation tab.


Management and Restoration of Alluvial Fans: A Unique Type of Creek
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March 14, 2013
10:30 am-12 noon Presentations
1:00-2:00 pm Field visit at Rector Creek

Napa Valley College, Bldg 1400, room 1434
2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy
Napa, CA  94558

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Presenters:
Anya Perron-Burdick, Stewardship Manager, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship
Mia Docto, Geomorphologist Graduate Student, UC Berkeley
Laurel Marcus, Executive Director, California Land Stewardship Institute

 

The Napa and Russian River watersheds have a large number of alluvial fans. Alluvial fans are different in form and function from streams on the valley floor. Restoration projects in alluvial fan channels often fail due to a lack of understanding of these unique streams. This workshop described alluvial fan processes using local examples from Ukiah, Knights, Napa, and Cotati valleys. Appropriate management and revegetation practices were presented.

 

 

House & Garden Green Audit Workshop
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Find out how to calculate and reduce your environmental impact at this FREE House & Garden Audit workshop. Speakers and exhibitors will be showcasing green practices you can use at home and in your garden. All attendees will receive a FREE 135-page full-color guidebook on all of the topics covered in the workshop and a FREE Welcome to the Watershed kit!

Thursday, May 26, 2011
6:00-7:30pm

Fairfield-Cordelia Library
5050 Business Center Drive
Fairfield, CA 94534

 

Fish Screening Workshop
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March 29, 2011
1-3pm

Community Reading Room, Rm. 1731
McCarthy Library, Napa Valley College

Presenters:

  • Steve Thomas, Hydraulic Engineer, National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Gail Seymour, Senior Biologist, Department of Fish & Game
  • Dave Weems, Yardney Water Management Systems
  • Russ Berry, founder, Intake Screens, Inc.

This workshop covered the NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service fish screening criteria for anadromous salmonids. These criteria apply to all diversion systems on creeks and rivers in Napa County. Several examples of typical diversions and how to install compliant screens were covered.

Steve Thomas' presentation is available here.

Resource packet is available here.

 

Frost Water Conservation Workshop
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August 25, 2009
1-3pm

Mendocino Farm Bureau
303 Talmage Rd
Ukiah, CA  95482

Presenters:

  • Glenn McGourty, UC Cooperative Extension Program
  • Laurel Marcus, Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification Program
  • This workshop presented Best Management Practices (BMPs) to conserve water in frost operations and presented a draft of the newly developed frost water conservation portion of the Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification Program. At the workshop, presenters worked with growers to review a draft of the Fish Friendly Farming Program template so we can quantify water savings and have results to present to the State Water Resources Control Board. We need to demonstrate to the State Water Board that growers in the Upper Russian River are conserving water during frost operations. This is a critical issue for every grower in the Upper Russian River and we strongly encourage participation. This additional section of frost water conservation BMPs will be required for all Fish Friendly Farming participants. Over 40 growers from the upper Russian River attended.

     

    Road Erosion Control for Vineyards, Farms, and Ranches
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    November 5, 2008
    10am-2pm

    Roederer Estate Winery
    4501 Highway 128
    Philo, CA  95466

    Presenters:        Danny Hagans and John Green, Pacific Watershed Associates, Inc.
                                    Laurel Marcus, Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification Program

     

    Vineyards, farms, and ranches often have extensive road networks that are susceptible to erosion. Accelerated erosion can lead to damaged roads and sediment-filled streams. The morning workshop reviewed common road erosion problems and presented sustainable road designs that minimize maintenance needs. The afternoon field trip provided a chance to see examples of a recently completed outsloped road with rolling dips and large culverts with critical dips to show how these designs improve road drainage and reduce maintenance.

    Funding provided by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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    Management and Restoration of Alluvial Fans: A Unique Type of Creek
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    March 19, 2008
    1-4pm

    Chateau Hotel and Conference Center
    4195 Solano Avenue
    Napa, CA  94558

    Presenters:        Dr. G. Mathias Kondolf, Fluvial Geomorphologist at University of California, Berkeley
    Laurel Marcus, Executive Director, California Land Stewardship Institute

     

    The Napa and Russian River watersheds have a large number of alluvial fans. Alluvial fans are different in form and function from streams on the valley floor. Restoration projects in alluvial fan channels often fail due to a lack of understanding of these unique streams. This workshop described alluvial fan processes using local examples from Ukiah, Knights, Napa, and Cotati valleys. Appropriate management and revegetation practices were presented.

    Funding provided by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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    Transitioning Farm Operations to Biofuels
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    January 8, 2008
    1-4pm

    Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
    133 Aviation Blvd.
    Santa Rosa, CA  95403

    Presenters:        Ray Newkirk, President and Co-Founder, Pacific Biofuels, Inc.
                                    David Graves, Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Saintsbury Winery
                                    Ryan Lamberg, Director of Communications and Logistics, Community Fuels

     

    The California Land Stewardship Institute presented a half-day workshop for growers in Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa on the details of switching farm equipment such as tractors and irrigation pumps to biodiesel. The following topics were addressed:

      • Mechanics/Know-How/Technical Information
      • Laws/Regulations of Air Resources Board
      • Costs associated with switching to biodiesel
      • Availability of products and technical support in the region
      • Cautions and limitations associated with such a switch
      • Other options for energy efficiency in farm management

       

       

       

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