Salmonid Restoration Federation
April 19 - 22, 2022
Santa Cruz, California

Approaches for Management and Restoration of Central California Coastal Lagoons

21 April 2022
1:30pm - 5:00pm
Session Coordinators: Dane Behrens, ESA,  and Jim Robins, Alnus Ecological
Coastal lagoons are a vital part of the California coastline, acting as links in the sediment supply chain that form sandy beaches along the shoreline, and as critical habitat for native species. Because of their location, they are frontlines for climate change impacts from both the coastal side (sea-level rise) and from the upstream side (increased runoff variability). Climate change is anticipated to create extensive change to the long-term function and fate of these systems. At the same time, the historical backdrop includes a host of legacy impacts to the hydrograph and sediment supply, as well as development encroachment within the floodplain. While this is the reality for most of coastal California, there is a particular urgency in central California, where a small number of coastal lagoon systems have disproportionate importance as homes for threatened and endangered species, such as the California Central Coast Steelhead, California Central Coast coho salmon, and tidewater goby.

This session will showcase novel approaches for restoration, monitoring, and long-term management that are being developed in central California. Speakers will include: restoration practitioners that will highlight recent efforts to improve habitats and add long-term resilience to climate change, local fisheries biologists that will discuss recent advances in monitoring methods and how they are being implemented in the field local resource agency staff that will discuss how long-term planning approaches are evolving to meet the challenge of climate change. This session will integrate with site tours of local sites, including Scotts Creek and Pescadero.
Considerations for Management of the Mouth State of California’s Bar-built Estuaries, Kevin O’Connor, Moss Landing Marine Labs
Logging, Leather, Lime and “Lost Boys”: Reducing Limiting Factors for Anadromous Salmonids in the San Lorenzo River Lagoon, Chris Berry, City of Santa Cruz
Lessons Learned from 8 Years of Lagoon Management of the San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, California: Using Sand to Balance Ecological Function and Social Demands, David Revell, PhD, Integral Consulting
Butano Marsh Channel Reconnection and Resilience Project: Design, Implementation and Preliminary Results, Chris Hammersmark, PhD, PE, and Ryan Dillar, CA State Parks
Pescadero Marsh: A Bar-Built Estuary’s Importance to Steelhead, Sean Cochran, CDFW, and Patrick Samuel, CalTrout

Projecting Habitat Evolution in the Face of Sea Level Rise, a Case Study in Pescadero Marsh, Matt Jamieson, MFA, Integral Consulting