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Shasta River Watershed Stewardship Approach: A Water Quality Partnership CARCD Annual Conference November 14, 2014 Ventura, CA Adriane Garayalde – Shasta.

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1 Shasta River Watershed Stewardship Approach: A Water Quality Partnership CARCD Annual Conference November 14, 2014 Ventura, CA Adriane Garayalde – Shasta Vly RCD Clayton Creager - NCRWQCB

2 Presentation Overview  The Shasta River Watershed  Shasta Valley RCD mission and purpose  Shasta River TMDL – Temperature & DO  The Watershed Stewardship Approach  Shasta Valley Watershed Stewardship Partners  Shasta Valley Watershed Management Issues  Watershed Stewardship Projects  Will the Stewardship Approach Work for Other RCDs?

3 Shasta Valley RCD Mission and Purpose Mission Statement To work with interested landowners on a voluntary basis to enhance the management and sustainable use of natural resources in order to ensure the long term economic viability of the community. Vision Statement We believe that by working together with landowners we can help the people within the District to meet the environmental and economic challenges they face. Value Statement The Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District will approach all interactions with funders, partners, agencies and members of the public with professionalism, integrity, fairness, respectfulness and an open mind.

4 Klamath Basin TMDLs 2010  Sprague, Williamson, Upper Klamath Lake, 2002 (temp, DO, pH, Chl(a))  Lost River, 2010 (pH, NH3, DO, temp)  Klamath, 2010 (pH, nutrients, DO, temp, Chl(a), microcystin)  Trinity S. Fork, 1998 (sed)  Trinity, 2001 (sed)  Salmon, 2005 (sed, temp)  Scott, 2005 (sed, temp)  Shasta, 2006 (DO, temp)  Lost, 2008 (nutrients, pH)

5 Shasta River Sub-Basin And Tributaries Watershed Stewardship Area

6 Shasta River Watershed  Shasta River watershed is approximately 800 square miles  Shasta River is a spring-fed river (cold, nutrient rich water)  Dwinnell Dam was constructed in 1928  Shasta Basin - 11% (60,000 acres) of land in irrigated production and 23% (120,000 acres) in grazed ranchland  Surface water resources are over allocated during the summer months  Challenges managing resource needs of threatened coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch )

7 Why Watershed Stewardship Approach? Siskiyou County NCRWQCB Landowners CDFW CA Trout NOAA NMFS  Shared environmental outcomes  Common management strategies  Leverage available resources  Streamline requirements and process  Forum to resolve misunderstandings and conflicts Watershed Stewardship Framework

8 Watershed Stewardship Approach Goals and Objectives:  Broader participation;  Comprehensive assessments to support problem identification and project priorities;  Increased transparency and distribution of watershed stewardship information;  Coordinated funding and activities;  Improved tracking and documentation;  Use of adaptive management principles; and  Improved and optimized monitoring networks;

9 Watershed Stewardship Framework An approach that supports collaborative outcomes

10 Adaptive Management Framework Implement Actions (All) Track & Account (KTAP) Monitor (KBMP) Evaluate (All) Adjust (All) Watershed Stewardship Teams Certifies & Registers Projects Water Quality Conditions

11 Klamath Basin Monitoring Program  Monitoring coordination  Common analytical methods and sampling protocols  Data management  Membership organization  Watershed stewardship assessment reports  Web Information Portal (Blue-green Algae Tracker) 

12 Klamath Tracking & Accounting Program (KTAP)

13 KTAP - Program Components Consistent Protocols Quantification Methods Tracking/ Registration Tracking/ Registration Klamath Tracking and Accounting Program October 2014

14 Shasta Valley Watershed Stewardship Partnership Contributors  Shasta Valley RCD  Klamath Basin Monitoring Program  Regional Water Board  CA Fish & Wildlife  The Nature Conservancy  US Fish & Wildlife Service  City of Yreka  NOAA Fisheries  Karuk Tribe  Cal Trout  US EPA Region 9  SWRCB Water Rights Division  USFS – Klamath & Shasta Trinity  USGS  Individual Landowners / Ranchers  Montague Water Conservation District Pending or Planned Outreach  City of Weed  US BLM  CalTrans  City of Montague  Local Interest Groups  Community of Edgewood  Community of Shastina

15 Stewardship Priorities  Grazing impacts  Riparian vegetation management  Minor impoundments  Water Use / TMDL flow objective  Irrigation / Tailwater management  Lake Shastina management  Stormwater  Roads  Timber harvest  Yreka Waste Water Treatment Plant  Spring rehabilitation Water Quality Issues of Concern

16 Stewardship Activities  Water Quality Ranch Plans (TMDL Waiver)  Riparian protection / fencing  Tailwater management  Riparian planting  Irrigation management  Water conservation / flow enhancements  Small impoundment mitigation / fish barrier removal

17 Watershed Stewardship Report

18 Tracking Stewardship Activities Stewardship Project Inventory  Tributary Reach  Project Implementation date  Source Category Addressed  Water Quality Improvement  Project Sponsor  Project Description

19 Water Quality Ranch Planning  Important tool for landowners to manage for improved water quality  31 ranchers have completed plans  24 water quality ranch plans developed by SVRCD for TMDL purposes  Continue to develop additional water quality ranch plans

20 TMDL Grants and Contracts  Phase I: Grant for tailwater analysis, project priority setting, tailwater reduction projects, and minor impoundment removal ( )  Phase II: Tailwater Reduction (2009)  Riparian Protection and Restoration (2011)  Assessment and Planning Analysis in High Priority Area (2013)  Phase III: Irrigation Water Management and Watershed Stewardship Project (2013)  Annual small contracts to SVRCD (2006 – 2013 for coordinating work supportive of the TMDL)

21 Watershed Stewardship Project Example Riparian Protection

22 Shasta River at Louie Rd Bridge (RM 33.9). Fenced

23 Watershed Stewardship Pilot Project Example Riparian Planting

24 Watershed Stewardship Pilot Project Example Tailwater Projects

25 465 ac-ft 126 ac-ft Hidden Valley Ranch Tailwater Project

26 Watershed Stewardship Pilot Project Example Minor Impoundment Removal

27 Watershed Stewardship Monitoring Plan  Shasta Valley RCD  The Nature Conservancy / UC Davis  US Forest Service  CDFW  McBain and Trush (CA SCC)  Sierra Pacific Industries Emmerson  NOAA Fisheries  Watercourse Engineering  Montague Water Conservation District  Karuk Tribe  Regional Water Board / US EPA IX  City of Yreka Existing Monitoring Entities:

28 Reach Breakpoints  Shasta River 1) Mouth to Yreka Creek 2) Yreka Creek to Little Shasta River 3) Little Shasta River to Willow Creek 4) Willow Creek to Big Springs Creek 5) Big Springs Creek to Parks Creek 6) Parks Creek to Dwinnell Outlet 7) Lake Shastina 8) Lake Shastina to Headwaters  Yreka Creek  Oregon Slough  Little Shasta River  Big Springs / Little Springs Creek  Parks Creek

29 Water Quality Monitoring Sites Existing and Proposed

30 Lessons Learned  Resources to support outreach, coordination and communication activities are critical to success  Working in a basin that is very polarized has challenges  Integrating regulatory requirements into partnership is still a work in progress  Documenting project implementation takes resources but has real value  Adaptive management criteria remains to be completed  Tracking status and trends takes several years of monitoring data  The pilot project is generally viewed as a success in the watershed

31 Questions?


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