Join us in Santa Barbara at SERCAL 2013

The California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL) is hosting its 20th annual conference May 14th–16th at UC Santa Barbara’s beautiful Student Center. Sessions will cover the newest research and advances in coastal, wetland, riparian, upland, and chaparral restoration as well as explore ways to connect our communities to our rivers.

Glen Leverich, Senior Geomorphologist, will be presenting posters on two Santa Clara River projects on Wednesday, May 15th from 5:00–7:00 pm. The first poster, “Status of the Santa Clara River Parkway Project: 2000–2013,” describes how the Parkway was established in 2000 by the California State Coastal Conservancy through close coordination with local stakeholders to acquire lands from willing sellers and plan for long-term restoration of the ecologically sensitive river corridor in Ventura County. Stillwater biologists and geomorphologists have conducted numerous technical studies guiding parcel acquisition and restoration planning, including a floodplain restoration feasibility study, biologic and geomorphic assessments, levee setback/removal modeling, and arundo removal and revegetation planning. Co-authors include Peter Brand, Bruce Orr, Zooey Diggory, Scott Dusterhoff, Derek Booth, Yantao Cui, and Peter Downs.

Glen is also presenting a poster on “Understanding spatial patterns of sediment yield, Santa Clara River, CA.” The Santa Clara River watershed hosts a diverse patchwork of landscape types, each composed of a unique suite of geomorphic processes controlled by regional and local forces—tectonics, climate, geology, topography, wildfires, and land use. Our work in this basin has shown that providing watershed managers with an accurate, efficiently generated understanding of sediment-delivery distribution is useful in evaluating long-term consequences of alternative management or restoration actions. Co-authors include Peter Downs, Scott Dusterhoff, Derek Booth, Yantao Cui, Cliff Riebe, and John Wooster.

Posted 8 May 2013.