Walter's Creek Riparian Restoration Project - Phase II

Status Completed County San Luis Obispo
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 35.34622° N, -120.75515° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 3.00

Project Identification

IDType
720284 CDFW - Fisheries Restoration Grant

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Restoration Riverine Wetland Riparian area 3.00 Construction completed

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres Lost
No Data

Sites

NameStatusAcres
Walter's Creek Construction completed 3.00

Events

DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2009-10-01 Project entered Project entered into database
2005-01-01 Groundwork end Estimated date Walter's Creek
2004-01-01 Groundwork start Estimated date Walter's Creek

People

TypeNameOrganizationDepartment
Contact Walter Mark California Polytechnic State University Not applicable/Unknown

Funding

ActivityFunderAmount
Restoration CDFW Prop 1 - Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2015-08-04 6.1 Walters Creek Phase II riverine non-confined 66
2015-08-04 6.1 Walters Creek riverine non-confined 62
2008-04-24 5.0.1 Walters Creek Phase II riverine non-confined 60
2007-02-23 4.2.3 Walters Creek riverine confined 56

Performance Criteria

StatusDetailsEvaluation Date
No Data

Project Description

Description
Installation of 7,600 linear feet of riparian exclusionary fencing, construction of alternative water sources for the cattle, planting of approximately 8,000 sycamores and willow cuttings, installation of willow brush mattresses on six eroded stream banks and a temporary drip irrigation system to assist new plant establishment.
Upload files or links
Name File Type Submitted On Submitted By
Article Other 2011-04-12 Sarah Stoner-Duncan, Central Coast Wetland Group
CCMJA06Waltersfinal.pdf

Article titled: Reclaiming the Land, Agencies Work together to restore grazings on Walters Creek Ranch near San Luis Obispo

Final Report Monitoring Report 2011-04-12 Sarah Stoner-Duncan, Central Coast Wetland Group
FAF-7012 Final Report.pdf

Project Summary Other 2011-04-12 Sarah Stoner-Duncan, Central Coast Wetland Group
walter's creek.pdf

Summary of Final Report Other 2011-04-12 Sarah Stoner-Duncan, Central Coast Wetland Group
Summary Upper Walters Creek.doc

How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker (ptrack.ecoatlas.org). The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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