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Indian Valley Meadow Restoration. 500- acre meadow located atop the Sierra Crest in Alpine County, CA. Headwaters of the Mokelumne River. Source for agricultural,

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1 Indian Valley Meadow Restoration

2 500- acre meadow located atop the Sierra Crest in Alpine County, CA. Headwaters of the Mokelumne River. Source for agricultural, hydropower, ecological, recreation, and drinking water.

3 Impaired hydrologic function Deeply eroded channels Lowered water table Impacted water quality and quantity Converted meadow vegetation types Loss of riparian flora Sensitive species habitat Indian Valley Meadow

4 Past grazing management Emphasis on forage production Water diversions Dispersed recreation Rain on snow and high flow events Past restoration efforts

5 Restore hydrologic and meadow ecosystem function Enhance wildlife and plant habitat Improve downstream water quality and quantity Engage stakeholders and downstream users in restoration of public lands and resources

6 Project area encompasses low- gradient tributary of Deer Creek.

7 “Plug and Pond” 6,000 feet of low gradient stream. Fill or “plug” to encourage flows to reconnect with remnant channel. Create ponds to add complexity to floodplain.

8 Create ponds to add complexity to floodplain and provide aquatic habitat Fill or “plug” deep gullies and allow flows to reconnect with historic channels Approximately 26-35 plug/ponds

9 Began project planning in 2006 Difficult to find local expertise Engaging partners and outside resources was essential Nearly ready to implement in 2012

10 American Rivers National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Alpine Watershed Group Foothill Conservancy Institute for Bird Populations Coca-Cola

11 National organization working to protect and restore nation’s rivers and streams. Leading efforts in CA to protect the natural benefits of healthy mountain meadows. Conducted meadow assessments across the Sierra Nevada. Ranked Indian Valley #1 candidate for restoration. Working to demonstrate and validate restoration practices through monitoring and evaluation. Connecting diverse interests.

12 A non-profit charted by Congress in 1984. Sustain, restore and enhance fish, wildlife, plants. Collaborate among federal agencies, local governments and the private sector. Leverage public funding with private donations. The “Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration” initiative aims to restore a majority of Sierra Nevada meadows to provide benefits for wildlife, fish and people.

13 Water is the main ingredient in the production of their beverage products. Sense of responsibility – water stewardship and sustainability. Connect with their consumer and communities. Goal: By 2020, safely return to nature and to communities an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production. Recognize they must focus their efforts beyond the bottling plants.

14 Works to preserve and enhance the natural system functions of Alpine County's watersheds for future generations. The group works by inspiring participation to collaborate, educate, and proactively implement projects that benefit and steward the County's watersheds.

15 To protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties for the benefit of current and future generations.

16 Dedicated to understanding the abundance, distribution, and ecology of birds, and to facilitating scientifically informed conservation of birds and their habitats.

17 Combining similar and diverse interests All benefit from healthy watersheds Watershed stewardship and sustainability Connecting communities and broader social interests Leveraging funding Monitoring and evaluation of restoration practices Bringing together expertise and resources Mokelumne River Photo courtesy of Katherine Evatt

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