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Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

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Albany, CA 94710-0011
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A comprehensive integration of past stream restoration efforts and future tools to evaluate and track the multitude of benefits by stream and meadows in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Principal Investigators:
Nicole Beck, 2NDNATURE, LLC

Proposal [pdf]

Final report [pdf]

Please contact Dr. Nicole Beck with questions regarding the final report.

Project Summary

The goal of this project was to focus and improve the quality of stream restoration effectiveness evaluations in the Lake Tahoe Basin. A preliminary Inventory of available documentation and effectiveness reports on riparian ecosystem restoration projects conducted in the Lake Tahoe Basin led to the conclusion that the documentation of a clear process and format would greatly benefit the future development of riparian restoration effectiveness evaluations.

The Riparian Ecosystem Restoration and Effectiveness Framework (Framework) was developed to focus the process and improve the communications when stream restoration practitioners are implementing specific restoration projects. The Framework process is expected to simplify the summary of existing conditions, the development of testable restoration project objectives, improve the quality of restoration project monitoring strategies and actualize the adaptive management process.

This document contains a number of specific recommendations and guidelines to improve the quality of protocol and metric selection, analysis, and reporting to increase the confidence in effectiveness monitoring results.  A completed channel realignment project in South Lake Tahoe is used as a hypothetical example riparian restoration project to illustrate the format and potential Framework content. The Framework development for future riparian restoration projects can build upon a number of the attributes, metrics and protocols recommended in the tangible example developed by the 2NDNATURE team.

The final products of the Framework will increase consistency of the documentation of the restoration team intentions to interested parties many years following the completion of the restoration actions, thereby directly improving the availability and quality of the data and information available to make long‐term adaptive management decisions.