A fragile ecosystem exists where rivers meet the ocean. The flora and fauna particular to the estuary and tidal environments have evolved to withstand the many water quality issues (from salinity to sediment) that come into play within this zone straddling freshwater and marine habitats. Stillwater approaches these brackish environments as extensions of the upstream watershed and have expertise in questions related to:
Our watershed-wide perspective helps link upstream activities with downstream outcomes.
Wave energy has the potential to provide an economical energy supply that would lessen our reliance on coal. Stillwater was a part of a multi-disciplinary team assisting PG&E with a draft pilot license application for their Humboldt WaveConnectTM Project.
Stillwater developed hydrologic and biologic guidelines to assist resource managers as they implement tidal habitat restoration or enhancement activities for the federally listed endangered tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi).
Stillwater is helping to assess whether the treated wastewater discharge to the Santa Clara River Estuary by the City of Ventura’s Water Reclamation Facility provides ecological enhancement or harm both now and in the future.
An idle fuel pipeline removal in Humboldt Bay included restoration of 1 acre of eelgrass habitat to satisfy various permit stipulations. Eelgrass was transplanted from neighboring natural beds into the disturbed site. Successful colonization by anemones, octopus, and crabs was observed soon thereafter.