California Wetlands Information System

U.S. EPA State/Tribal Wetland
Development Grant-Fiscal Year 1999

FY 99 Funding for California's State Wetlands Grant Applications

State Agency
Application Title
Project Summary
San Mateo County Resource Conservation District Pescadero- Butano watershed management plan The objectives of the project are to develop: 1) a watershed management plan for Pescadero- Butano watershed, and 2) a sediment budget and source analysis for Pilarcitos Creek. This effort promotes the overall plan to develop a San Francisco Coastal South Coordinated Watershed Program.
The Regents of the University of California Center for Environmental Design Anticipating and Accommodating Land-Use Changes in N.E. San Joaquin Valley: Options for Conserving Wetlands and other Natural Communities within the Valley Floor and Foothill Eco-Regions Counties in the Northeast San Joaquin Valley (Merced, Madera, and Fresno) shelter some of the finest remaining low- elevation aquatic and terrestrial habitats in California's Central Valley. This region, along with the oak-studded foothills of Western Mariposa are threatened with major changesin land use as California braces for a doubling of the human population over the next 40 years. This threat is intensified by the pending construction of a new University of California (U.C.) campus in the heart of the vernal pool grasslands surrounding Lake Yosemite. While the footprint of the future U.C. Merced campus might be contained within the boundaries of the "Smith Trust" lands that were donated to Merced County, the secondary growth (e.g. housing, commercial, and industrial development) could spur a wave of subdivision and low-density sprawl that could reach eastward deep into the foothills, and press upon the borders of Stanislaus and Sierra National Forests-- and the Yosemite ecosystem. To preserve the ecosystem functions of this remarkable mosaic of natural communities, we must increase our understanding of the interrelated socio-economic and ecological characteristics of this region. The U.C. Berkeley--Center for Environ Design Research (UCB--CEDR) will lay the basis for conservation in this region through an area wide assessment and modeling of: 1) environmental conditions; 2) existing ownership patterns; 3) land- use policies, plans and regulation; 4) potential land-use changes, future growth scenarios, and an environmental threats analysis.
City of Sacramento Arcade Creek Watershed Management Plan The objective is to develop and implement a plan for restoring ecological functions and enhancing water quality within Arcade Creek within Del Paso Regional Park, and to set in motion a strategy to improve environmental conditions throughout the entire Arcade Creek watershed. The City has an outstanding opportunity to reduce the discharges of pollutants into the creek (i.e. sediment, nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers) because it can influence the land-use activities of Haggin Oaks Golf Course, the Sacramento Horseman's Association (SHA) equestrian facility, and baseball/softball fields--all located within the Regional Park. Approximately 80% of Arcade Creek's 10,240-hectare (25,600-acre) watershed is developed. Once intermittent, the creek now maintains summer flows from urban run-off, and swells to flood stage during periodic winter storms. The City of Sacramento owns and manages the 270-hectare (680-acre) Del PAso Regional Park; a roughly 4.8 kilometer (3 mile) stretch of Arcade Creek passes through the park's northern boundary. On 22 January 1985, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve a Master Plan for Del Paso Regional Park. This ended a lengthy public involvement process whereby citizens from throughout the metropolitan area agreed to develop a world class softball complex in a manner that minimized adverse damage to the park's natural habitats. Ninety-acres of riparian forest, oak woodlands, and vernal pools were afforded special protection as part of the Del Paso Park Natural Area to help secure their vital ecological attributes. The functions of these rare and declining Central Valley habitats were recognized as having statewide, National and even international significance.
San Diego State University Regional Guidebook for Hydrogeomorphic Functional Assessment of Southern California Vernal Pools The purpose of this grant is to provide an accurate, replicable and rapid procedure for assessing the functions of vernal pool wetlands in San Diego County. The primary objective is to develop a draft Regional Guidebook for assessment of the vernal pool functions that is based on the Hydrogeomorphic Approach (HGM). An additional deliverable is an informational program on San Diego's vernal pool wetlands and the HGM approach to wetlands assessment in slide, computerized and booklet formats.
Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Wetlands Management Plan Project of the State Wetlands The Regional Wetlands Management Plan Project (Wetlands Plan): The Wetlands Plan objectives are to coordinate and integrate wetlands planning and regulatory acyivities, and to provide a framework for implementing the recommendations put forth in the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals report. The Wetlands Plan will be developed with imput from all stakeholders through a public process coordinated by the San Francisco Estuary Project.
State Coastal Conservancy San Francisco Bay Regional Monitoring Program The objective of the project is to develop a Regional Wetlands Monitoring Plan, focusing initially on the projectsunderway in the North Bay area. There are five objectives: 1) establish an Advisory Group of regional wetland scientists; 2) assemble a comprehensive picture of existing research and monitoring of wetland restoration, enhancement, and creation; 3) compare the existing picture to what is needed according to the Advisory Group; 4) assemble the existing protocols and methods for data collection that begin to meet identified information needs; and 5) outline the institutional arrangements and technical specifics of data collection, management, interpretation, and communication to sustain the Regional Wetland Monitoring Plan.
CA Coastal Conservancy (Watsonville) Watsonville Slough System Watershed Plan The purpose of this project is to develop a comprehensive plan for the Watsonville Slough System which is made up of approximately 800 acres of coastal salt marsh, seasonal wetlands, brackish and freshwater emergent marsh, and riparian communities, that are remnants of an expansive wetland area formerly associated with the Pajaro River Estuary. The project will assess wildife, vegetation, and hydrology of the watershed and identify specific measures for resource enhancement and protection. Recommended measures will take into account existing land uses and infrastructure and is designed to benefit conditions for ecological benefit as well as for water supply, flood control and agricultural drainage. Local interested parties will be invited to cooperate in the planning effort and contribute to the identification of opportunities for acquisition and public access. The goal is to produce a plan that has community support and provides the information needed for support by funding agencies.



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