Related Documents and Plans

California Watershed Assessment Manual Volume I; 2005; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and The California Bay Delta Authority

“Volume I of the Manual currently contains 8 chapters. These flow from the introductory chapter (1), through chapters describing the details of assessment planning (2), fundamentals of watershed functioning (3), data collection (4), data analysis (5), and data integration (6). Chapter 7 gives details on how to structure an assessment report; and chapter 8 describes connecting the assessment with decision-making. Volume II will be a compendium of tools for use in specific circumstances and with specific natural or human processes or conditions.”

Implementing a Public Goods Charge for Water; 2010; California Public Utilities Commission

Recommendations for implementing a public goods charge on water, as per the “Water Energy” section of the Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) Scoping Plan.

California Rivers Assessment - Professional Judgment Assessment; 2007; California Resources Agency; California Wildlife Conservation Board

“The California Rivers Assessment (CARA) is a computer-based data management system designed to give resource managers, policy-makers, landowners, scientists and interested citizens rapid access to essential information and tools with which to make sound decisions about the conservation and use of California's rivers.”

Environmental Protection Indicators for California; 2002 - 2005; California Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Indicators for California (EPIC) Project was created to support a commitment to use measurable results in judging the effectiveness of the state’s efforts directed at environmental protection. This report presents the framework for an environmental indicator system which consists of guidelines and criteria for identifying and selecting indicators, the priority environmental issues in California that are important to track, and an initial set of indicators.

Coastal Access Action Plan; 1999; California Coastal Commission

The goal of the Coastal Access Action Plan is to maximize public access along the California coast and maximize public recreational opportunities in the coastal zone consistent with natural resource conservation private property rights..The State Coastal Conservancy, State Lands Commission, and Department of Parks and Recreation are partners in providing access, while California’s coastal cities and counties are local partners participating through the development and implementation of Local Coastal Programs (LCPs).

California State Coastal Strategic Plan; 2003; California State Coastal Conservancy

“The document describes current and historic resource allocation by the Conservancy, public needs served by the agency, policies and principles guiding the Conservancy and its staff, and the intended and recommended future course of the agency’s efforts. The Conservancy’s eleven statutory areas are grouped into three program areas: 1. Public Access, 2. Coastal Resource Conservation, 3. The San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program. Each of these areas is broken down into specific programs with goals and objectives.

California’s Critical Coastal Areas Program; California Coastal Commission

The purpose of California’s Critical Coastal Areas (CCA) Program is “to foster collaboration among local stakeholders and government agencies and better coordinate resources and efforts in coastal-zone watershed areas critically in need of protection from polluted runoff (CCC undated).”The North Coast is one of four regional pilot CCAs in which the CCA Program will form teams comprised of local stakeholders and state, federal, and local agencies to develop community-based action plans to reduce polluted runoff in coastal zone watershed areas. Public workshops were conducted in Humboldt County and Mendocino County in March 2005 to initiate the process.

Volunteer Monitoring of Suspended Sediment Concentrations and Turbidity in Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties, California Quality Assurance Project Plan; 2001; Salmon Forever Watershed Watch

“This Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) covers volunteer monitoring conducted by Salmon Forever in North Coast California watersheds. Salmon Forever has been conducting volunteer monitoring in these basins since 1998. Salmon Forever promotes the continued development of volunteer monitoring and

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP); 2007; State Water Resources Control Board

“SWAMP is a statewide monitoring effort designed to assess the conditions of surface waters throughout the state of California. The program is administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Responsibility for implementation of monitoring activities resides with the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB's) that have jurisdiction over their specific geographical areas of the state. Monitoring is conducted in SWAMP through the Department of Fish and Game and US Geological Survey master contracts and local RWQCBs monitoring contracts.”

Natural Resource Projects Inventory; California Biodiversity Council & University of California at Davis Information Center for the Environment

“The signatories of the California Biodiversity Council joined forces to gather information on thousands of conservation, mitigation and restoration projects being developed and implemented throughout California. The result, the Natural Resource Project Inventory (NRPI), has become a comprehensive electronic database searchable on the Internet.”

California Department of Water Resources – Urban Stream Restoration Program; California Department of Water Resources

Program is intended to assist communities, reduce damage from stream bank and watershed instability, restore environmental and aesthetic values of streams and encourage local stewardship and maintenance.

California Pesticide Management Plan for Water Quality; 1997; State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Department of Pesticide Regulation

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the SWRCB cooperatively developed the California Pesticide Management Plan. The Plan aims to protect water quality from the potential negative effects of pesticides. The Plan explicitly recognizes the importance of water quality throughout the state and the importance of pesticides to a strong economy and potential impacts to public health. The Plan provides for outreach programs (education, training, and public information), water quality standards compliance, ground and surface water protection programs, regulatory compliance, interagency communication, and dispute/conflict resolution (CEPA 1997).

National Management Measures to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Urban Areas; 2005; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This plan helps citizens and municipalities in urban areas protect bodies of water from polluted runoff that can result from everyday activities. These scientifically sound techniques are the best practices known today. The guidance will also help states to implement their nonpoint source control programs and municipalities to implement their Phase II Storm Water Permit Programs.

California Coastal Sediment Management Master Plan; 2002; California Resources Agency

The Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup, a collaborative effort between federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations developed the California Coastal Sediment Management Master Plan. The purpose of the plan is to evaluate California's coastal sediment management needs on a regional, system-wide basis. Partners of the effort include the Army Corps, California Resources Agency, and the California Department of Boating and Waterways. This integrated approach will combine financial and intellectual resources.

California's Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. Vol. I - Nonpoint Source Program Strategy & Implementation Plan; State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), California Coastal Commission

Completed in 2000, the Plan for California’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control Program is the first major revision of the program since it began in 1988.The NPS Control Program is required to conform to § 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 (CZARA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA).The EPA and NOAA have final approval of the Program Plan. The lead State agencies are SWRCB, the nine RWQCBs, and the California Coastal Commission (SWRCB and CCC 2000a).

California North Coast Ecoregional Plan; 2001; The Nature Conservancy

The California North Coast Ecoregional Plan was developed by The Nature Conservancy in 2001 to “identify a “portfolio” of conservation areas that, with proper management, will ensure the long-term persistence of the ecoregion’s biological diversity, including native aquatic and terrestrial systems, rare and common species, and the ecological processes needed to maintain them. The plan emphasizes ecological systems as conservation targets, functional landscapes as conservation areas, and builds on the results of a recent assessment of redwood forests in the region conducted by Save-the-Redwoods League.”

Protecting Our Ocean: California’s Action Strategy; 2004; California Resources Agency

The Protecting our Ocean California’s Action Strategy was prepared by the California Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency and submitted to the Governor of California in September 2004.The Plan recommends initial actions for the state to pursue to manage and protect ocean and coastal resources.

Regional Conservation Planning In California: A Guide; 2004; Institute for Ecological Health

“The Institute for Ecological Health has prepared this guide to help planning participants and other concerned citizens understand the issues, the legal and regulatory background, the process and the contents of a regional conservation plan.Part I is a short introduction. Part II provides a very brief picture of California’s biological wealth and outlines scientific issues relevant to conservation of species and habitat. Part III explains the federal and state legal and regulatory requirements. Part IV examines the process of preparing a regional conservation plan and Part V explores a number of topics that are common to the various regional conservation plans.”

Conservation Prospects for the North Coast; 2005; California State Coastal Conservancy

The Conservation Prospects for the North Coast: A Review and Analysis of Existing Conservation Plans, Land Use Trends and Strategies for Conservation on the North Coast of California report was prepared by The Conservation Fund in 2005 with project funding and support provided by the California State Coastal Conservancy. The purpose of this report is the synthesis of more than 150 recently developed natural resource and conservation plans for the North Coast region, presented in the following three sections: Part 1 — “Catalogue of Existing Plans” Part 2 — “Synthesis of Existing Plans” Part 3 — “Assessment of the Political, Economic and Social Factors Affecting the Region, and Recommendations for Action”

Land and Resource Management Plan Six Rivers National Forest; U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Six Rivers National Forest is located within Del Norte, Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties. The Plan states that the forest will be managed “to maintain ecosystem components, structure and processes.”Connectivity for dispersal, disturbance, and preservation of late-successional forest are maintained through the designation of Managed Habitat and Special Habitat Management Areas. The Plan also seeks to provide a sustainable, long-term timber supply to support local economies.

Klamath National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan; 1995; U.S.D.A. Forest Service

“This proposed National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) has been prepared to guide all natural resource management activities and establishes management standards and guidelines for the Klamath National Forest (Forest). It describes resource management practices, levels of resource production and management, and the availability and suitability of lands for resource management. A goal of this Forest Plan is to integrate a mix of management activities that allow for the use, management and protection of Forest resources.“

Mendocino National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan; 1996; U.S.D.A. Forest Service

The Mendocino National Forest Plan was completed in 1996.The plan specifies guiding policy for activities within the forest. Project-level decisions require environmental review and further public comment, but the National Forest Management Act requires that all plans and projects subsequent to the Forest Plan be consistent with it. The Mendocino National Forest or adjacent areas contain seventeen known or suspected threatened or endangered plant species. It also contains several rivers that have been designated as Wild and Scenic which are governed by guidelines for the management of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Mendocino National Forest Plan; 1995; U.S.D.A. Forest Service

“This Forest Land and Resource Management Plan has been developed to direct the management of the Mendocino National Forest. The goal of the Plan is to provide a management program reflecting a mix of activities for the use and protection of the forest. It fulfills legislative requirements while addressing local, regional, and national issues.”

Shasta Trinity National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan; 1995; U.S.D.A. Forest Service

“This National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan has been prepared to guide the management of the Shasta and Trinity National Forests. The primary goals of this Plan are to integrate a mix of management activities that allow use and protection of forest resources, meet the needs of guiding legislation, and address local, regional, and national issues.“

Northwest Forest Plan; 1994; USDA Forest Service (FS) and USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Adopted in 1994, the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) has as its mission to adopt coordinated direction for USDA Forest Service (FS) and USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and complimentary direction for other federal agencies within the range of the northern spotted owl (NSO). The NWFP focuses on the achievement of two goals: cooperative planning, improved decision-making, and coordinated implementation of forest ecosystem management within the range of NSO on federal lands, and improved coordination and collaboration with state, tribal, and local governments which implement management strategies that support or complement NWFP goals.

Eco-Cultural Resource Management Plan; Karuk Tribe

“This plan is intended to integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the best western science into a format that outlines programmatic resource concerns, goals, and objectives. The ECRMP also outlines historical, current, and future desired conditions of ecological, social and/or physical interactions of humans and the environment in the interest of developing standardized Cultural Environmental Management Practices for the Karuk Aboriginal Territory.”

Redwood National and State Parks Strategic Plan; 2005; Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) is the result of the integration of Redwood National Park with three California State Parks – Prairie Creek Redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, and Del Norte Redwoods State Parks - in 1994.The RNSP Strategic Plan is a precursor to a series of annual performance plans that will serve as increments to the RNSP Strategic Plan. Each annual work plan describes specific activities to be carried out to achieve long-term goals.

California Recreational Trails Plan (Phase I); 2002; California State Parks

“This California Trails Plan (Phase One) identifies 12 trail-related goals and lists general action guidelines designed to reach those goals. These 12 goals and their action guidelines will direct the future actions of the Departments Statewide Trails Office regarding trail programs both within the State Park System and in its wider, statewide and national roles. This is to be considered Phase One of a more comprehensive statewide trails plan that is to follow. “

MacKerricher State Park General Plan; 1995; California State Parks

“The general plan is meant to guide the management of the park for the next ten to twenty years. It sets forth goals for park management and use and also identifies and analyzes the relative importance of the park’s many resources, providing guidelines as to how they should be preserved and managed. The document also portrays the patterns and intensities of desirable uses and the nature and location of proposed development.”

Van Damme State Park General Plan; 1995; California State Parks

“This general plan was prepared to guide the management and development of this state park for the next ten to twenty years. It sets forth goals and objectives for park management and use and analyzes the physical, economic, and social context in which the park exists. This plan also identifies and analyzes the relative importance of the park’s many natural, cultural, scenic, and recreation resources and provides guidelines as to how they should be preserved and managed. Finally, this document portrays the patterns and intensities of desirable uses and the nature and location of proposed development.”

California Water Plan, 2005 Update; 2005; Department of Water Resources

The California Water Plan provides a framework for water managers, legislators, and the public to consider options and make decisions regarding California’s water future. The Plan, which is updated every five years, presents basic data and information on California’s water resources including water supply evaluations and assessments of agricultural, urban, and environmental water uses to quantify the gap between water supplies and uses. The Plan also identifies and evaluates existing and proposed statewide demand management and water supply augmentation programs and projects to address the State’s water needs.

Completing the California Coastal Trail Report; 2003; State Coastal Conservancy

Documents steps necessary to complete the California Coastal Trail, with recommendations for implementation actions.

California Coastal Salmon and Watersheds Program; California Resources Agency

The goal of the California Coastal Salmon and Watersheds Program is to recover harvestable salmon and steelhead populations and restore watersheds, and by so doing, to contribute to healthy communities. Program priority actions include science-based watershed assessments, information dissemination to the public, expanding partnerships with local agencies, consistent rule enforcement, and continued support of ongoing restoration and assessment efforts.

Five Counties Salmonid Conservation Program; 1997; Counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou and Trinity

The Five Counties Salmonid Conservation Program (5C) was initiated in 1997 when the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou and Trinity decided to collaborate to provide a proactive, positive response to the federal listings of several species of salmonids as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).The stated goal of 5C is to “seek opportunities to contribute to the long-term recovery of salmon and steelhead in Northern California (5C undated).”

Calfish: Inventory of Barriers to Fish Passage in California's Coastal Watersheds; California State Coastal Conservancy

The State Coastal Conservancy, in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Game, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, have developed an map-based inventory of existing barriers to fish passage throughout the state titled the Passage Assessment Database (PAD). The purpose of this data is to identify barriers suitable for removal or modification to restore habitat connectivity, spawning and riparian conditions for salmon and steelhead and to enhance aquatic and riparian habitat. The PAD compiles currently available fish passage information from many different sources, allows past and future barrier assessments to be standardized and stored in one place, and enables the analysis of cumulative effects of passage barriers in the context of overall watershed health.

Recovery Strategy for California Coho Salmon; 2004; California Department of Fish and Game

A “guide for the process of recovering coho salmon on the north and central coasts of California. The Recovery Strategy is organized at three scales. The first is at a broad geographic, range-wide resolution; the second is at a large watershed scale; and the third is at a finer scale that identifies actions needed within specific sub-watersheds.”

California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual; California Department of Fish and Game

The first edition of this manual, written by Gary Flosi and Forrest Reynolds, and published in 1991, formally synthesized and described the Department of Fish and Game's approach and technical methods for anadromous salmonid habitat restoration. From 1991 through 1994 the first edition was broadly distributed and used as a "standard methods" text by many habitat restoration and resource inventory workers. The second edition included a number of revisions: 1) a reorganization of sections for project planning and project implementation; 2) the just then recently revised stream channel classification system developed by David Rosgen; 3) a new monitoring and evaluation section; 4) a listing of all databases used for resource inventory and analysis as presented in the manual; 5) a protocol for a large woody debris inventory; 6) a description of required environmental review processes and permits; 7) an expanded and updated listing of sensitive species; and 8) numerous editorial changes to text and data forms. This third edition, like the second, incorporates changes recently developed in the practice of stream habitat inventory and restoration.

Steelhead Restoration and Management Plan for California; 1996; California Department of Fish and Game

“This plan is not a single species, stand-alone document that ignores other native aquatic organisms and other portions of the ecosystem. It provides guidelines for steelhead restoration and management that can be integrated into current and future planning for specific river and stream systems. It identifies requirements specific to steelhead and is intended to augment current anadromous fish restoration plans. The Steelhead Plan recognizes that restoration of California's steelhead populations requires a broad approach that emphasizes ecosystem restoration.”

Salmon Recovery Plan: Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast; 2000; NOAA Fisheries Service

In 1991, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) began a comprehensive review of the status of salmonid and steelhead throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California. NMFS identified 52 Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) of West Coast salmon and steelhead. Twenty-six of those ESUs have now been listed as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comprehensive recovery plans are needed to provide a framework for addressing problems across entire ESUs and among all of the activities that threaten salmon, and for prioritizing actions necessary for recovery.

Drinking Water Program; 2007; California Department of Human Services Division of Drinking Water and Environmental Management

“The Drinking Water Program regulates public water systems; oversees water recycling projects; permits water treatment devices; certifies drinking water treatment and distribution operators; supports and promotes water system security; provides support for small water systems and for improving technical, managerial, and financial (TMF) capacity; oversees the Drinking Water Treatment and Research Fund for MTBE and other oxygenates; and provides subsidized funding for water system improvements under the State Revolving Fund and Proposition 50.”

Underground Injection Control Program; 2007; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“The UIC Program works with state and local governments to oversee underground injection of waste in order to prevent contamination of drinking water resources. Some of the wastes the UIC program regulates include: Over 9 billion gallons of hazardous waste every year; Over 2 billion gallons of brine from oil and gas operations every day; Automotive, industrial, sanitary and other wastes that are injected into shallow aquifers.”

Water Quality Control Plan for the Ocean Waters of California; 2001; State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), USEPA

Guiding principles of the Ocean Plan include coordination between statewide water quality control plans and policies, attainment and maintenance of water quality standards, and a policy of applying the more stringent provision when two or more plans or policies conflict. The Ocean Plan also provides a program for implementation that provides general requirements for management of waste discharge to the ocean and specific effluent limitations. The Plan is applicable to point source discharges to the ocean only (SWRCB and CEPA 2001).

Water Quality Control Plan Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation; 2006; Hoopa Valley Tribe

“The goal of this plan is to provide a definitive program of actions designed to preserve and enhance water quality on the Reservation, and to protect the beneficial uses of water for the next 10 years to 20 years. The plan is concerned with all factors and activities that might affect water quality. However, the plan emphasizes actions to be taken by the Riparian Review Committee, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries, Forestry, Public Utility Departments, and Tribal Environmental Protection Agency, as they have responsibility for maintaining water quality on the Reservation.“

Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region; 2011; North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

Adopted by the NCRWQCB in 1993, the goal of the Water Quality Control Plan is to “provide a definitive program of actions designed to preserve and enhance water quality and to protect beneficial uses of water in the North Coast Region (NCRWQCB 1993).”The Plan describes water quality and quantity problems in the two natural drainage basins in the North Coast – the Klamath River Basin and the North Coastal Basin. The Plan describes present and potential beneficial uses of surface and ground waters.

CWA Section 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Segments; 2010; North Coast Regional Water Board

The most current 303(d) List of Impaired Waterbodies for the North Coast Region California is the 2002 Section 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Segments

Yurok Tribe Water Quality Control Plan for the Yurok Indian Reservation; 2004; Yurok Tribe Environmental Program

“The water quality standards outlined in this document and its subsequent amendments are designed to fully protect the beneficial uses of Reservation waters. This Water Quality Control Plan (WQCP) is not a management document and therefore does not set forth actions or recommendations for the implementation of projects that may impact beneficial uses. Rather, it is a regulatory document used by the Tribe to permit, deny, or condition proposed actions that have the potential to affect the beneficial uses of waters of the Reservation.”

California Watershed Portal; California Resources Agency and California Environmental Protection Agency

“The California Resources Agency and California Environmental Protection Agency are in the process of developing this website and other online tools to identify ongoing watershed activities, provide access to important data and information, and links to the larger California Watershed community.”

Klamath Resource Information System (KRIS); Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR)

The Klamath Resource Information System (KRIS) compiles maps, data tables, charts, photographs and bibliographic resources into a PC-based computer program. For designated watersheds, KRIS organizes information relevant to fisheries and water quality so that it can be shared among agencies, private land owners and citizens. Watershed-based data and information resources have been integrated through a custom software application for the Noyo, Ten Mile, Navarro, Garcia, Gualala and Big River watersheds.

Watershed Improvement Network; Natural Resources Services: A Division of Redwood Community Action Agency

“The long-term goal of the Watershed Improvement Network project is to improve the health and productivity of Humboldt County's natural resources and economy. WIN enhances the effectiveness of watershed restoration work by facilitating the exchange of expertise, resources and information, encouraging collaboration, and providing a forum for creative problem solving and strategic planning.”

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Watershed Planning Chapter; 2005; North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Regional Planning Chapter is a part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Watershed Management Initiative (WMI).In order to more effectively address point and nonpoint sources of pollution, a watershed management strategy has been implemented. To achieve this goal, the North Coast Region is divided into six major watershed management areas (WMAs): Russian River/Bodega Bay, Klamath River, North Coast Rivers, Humboldt Bay, Eel River Trinity River.

California Watershed Network; 2007; California Watershed Network

“California Watershed Network (CWN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2000, with the mission to help people protect and restore the natural environments of California’s watersheds while ensuring healthy and sustainable communities. CWN works to develop a coordinated network of community-based watershed management in California.”

California Watershed Funding Database; 2004; California Environmental Resources Evaluation System

Searchable database for funding opportunities

Coastal Northern California Component Strategic Plan, Update 2004; 2004; Pacific Coast Joint Venture

This Strategic Plan Update 2004 revises the Strategic Plan for the Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) - Northern California Component prepared in 1992. The Northern California Component includes Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino counties, and the western part of Siskiyou County and is administered by the California PCJV. The Pacific Coast Joint Venture is among 11 habitat joint ventures and 3 species joint ventures established since 1991 to implement the North American Waterfowl Management Plan adopted in 1986 to restore waterfowl populations in Canada, the United States, and Mexico to the levels recorded during the 1970s.

Southern Pacific Shorebird Conservation Plan: A Strategy for Supporting California’s Central Valley and Coastal Shorebird Population; 2003; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Southern Pacific Shorebird Conservation Plan is one of 11 regional plans associated with the US Shorebird Conservation Plan providing relevant information and needs for the conservation of shorebirds on the coast and in the Central Valley of California. This plan represents the combined expertise of a broad partnership of federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, academics, and private consultants.