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Arundo Removal at Suisun Creek

Salmonid Passage Barrier Removal on Wooden Valley Creek

Restoration and Monitoring of White Creek

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The Suisun Creek watershed is located northeast of San Francisco, near the cites of Napa and Fairfield, CA. It encompasses 53 square-miles of land beginning in southeastern Napa County and flowing through western Solano County before draining into Suisun Marsh. The watershed is composed of three major creeks—Wooden Valley Creek, White Creek, and Suisun Creek—which transverse mostly mountainous terrain and several large valleys. The watershed is mostly rural, with no incorporated cities and with lands primarily devoted to agriculture and open space. In a 2007 report, the unique characteristics of the watershed made the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration identify it as one of the eight most promising San Francisco Bay drainages for restoration of threatened steelhead trout habitat. Because of the importance of the Suisun Creek watershed to steelhead recovery, the staff of the California Land Stewardship Institute (CLSI) has been working since 2000 to restore the Suisun Creek watershed through a series of stewardship projects that have included invasive plant removal, native plant re-vegetation, stream monitoring, and fish-barrier removal. These projects have been completed with the help of several project partners, including the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, the Napa County Resource Conservation District, Shelterbelt Builders Inc., the Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship (formerly Circuit Rider Productions, Inc.),the Solano County Resource Conservation Distract, Hydrologic Systems Inc., hydrologist Dennis Jackson, Dr. Alison Purcell, and Dr. Matthew Cover, as well as the many landowners in the watershed who have provided access and support for restoration activities. Funding for these projects came from the California State Coastal Conservancy, CALFED Watershed Program, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Department of Conservation, and EEMP Caltrans. Click on an area of interest below to find out more about these projects and how they have contributed to the ecological restoration of the Suisun Creek watershed.
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