Salmonid Restoration Federation
31 March - 3 April, 2020
Santa Cruz, California

It Takes A Watershed: Fisheries Recovery in the Butano/Pescadero Watershed

31 March 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

Tour Leaders:
Jim Robins, Alnus Ecological
Kellyx Nelson and Joe Issel, San Mateo RCD
Tim Hyland, CA State Parks
Joe Pecharich, NOAA RC
Jon Jankovitz, CDFW
John Klochak, USFWS
Chris Hammersmark and Sam Diaz, cbec, Inc.

Pescadero Creek Watershed is a critical independent watershed for CCC Coho, is home to myriad special status species, has a recently completed TMDL, and contains the Pescadero Marsh Natural Reserve which has been a management flashpoint for 30+ yrs. The tour will focus on Butano Creek, the main tributary to Pescadero Cr. And will enable participants to learn about the unique issues, solutions and partnerships necessary to address the critical stressors of lagoon water quality, fish passage, habitat complexity, sediment transport dynamics, and instream flows. We will visit an array of representative projects from headwaters to ocean starting with the marquee Butano Reconnection project within the Marsh and ending in the redwood forests of Butano State Park. Each project site will allow for robust discussion of project life cycle and the interplay between science and restoration practice.

Pescadero Creek
Pescadero Creek
  • Pescadero Creek
  • A bird's eye view of Pescadero Lagoon
  • Hardwood LWD installed for the Butano Floodplain
  • Butano Creek flooding Pescadero Creek Road