Prioritizing Bay Area stream restoration efforts

Dr. Peter Downs spoke about the need for a standardized framework for assessing, restoring, and monitoring Bay Area streams at the San Francisco Estuary Partnership’s biennial State of the Estuary conference in Oakland, California, September 29 through October 1, 2009. Dr. Downs and co-speaker Roger Leventhal of Far West Engineering are part of the Assessment, Restoration and Monitoring (ARM) Tools Working Group of the Bay Area Watershed Network (BAWN) and presented early-phase program objectives. BAWN is sponsored and organized by the State Water Resources Control Board for San Francisco Bay. The group, currently in its inception phase, aims to develop better regional- and state-level communications in setting funding and program priorities by developing (1) a Bay Area framework for watershed stream and floodplain protection and restoration goals, (2) priorities for developing stream restoration tools and methods appropriate to the social and environmental challenges of the Bay Area, and (3) integrating collaborative stormwater monitoring efforts with the State’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP).

Posted 1 October 2009