Salmonid Restoration Federation
23 April - 26, 2019
Santa Rosa, California

Restoring to Stage Zero, Recent Advances and Applications in Process-Based Habitat Restoration

23 April 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm

Workshop Coordinators:
Michael Pollock, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries 
Brian Cluer, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries 


Restoration of whole valley floors to a Stage 0 condition is an ecologically-based goal for alluvial valleys that generally aims to store more water and sediment through restoring the key physical processes that created the alluvial valley.  “Undraining” an alluvial valley is approached by either raising the channel bed or regrading the valley to eradicate the channel, depending on the scale of incision, resources available, ownership, tolerance for disturbance, permit requirements, patience, and other considerations. This course will cover the theory and practice of Stage 0 restoration throughout the life cycle of a project, including: the underlying scientific theory; assessing when whole valley floor restoration is an appropriate goal; introduction to a range of methods of design and construction from progressive channel adjustment to wholesale grading to reset valley surfaces, and emerging monitoring methods aimed at quantifying the ecosystem benefits and costs of different restoration approaches. Permitting approaches in the context of California’s regulatory, land ownership and funding frameworks will be extensively discussed, and examples of successfully permitted and implemented valley floor restoration projects from diverse ecoregions will be provided. The workshop will be complimented by an optional field trip the next day to Willow Creek, a valley that was allowed to passively recover to Stage 0 after a careful assessment determined that that was the most cost-effective and ecologically beneficial approach. 

The Scientific Basis for Stage 0 Restoration
Brian Cluer Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries
Engineering Design Criteria for Process-Based Stream and River Restoration
Damion Ciotti, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Restoration Program
Identifying Necessary Geomorphic and Landscape Conditions for Stage 0 Restoration Projects
Conor Shea, Ph.D., P.E., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Restoration Program
The Range and Settings of Restored Depositional Valley Types to Stage 0 in the Pacific Northwest
Paul Burns, Siuslaw National Forest
Geomorphic Grade Line Methodology, a Process-based Approach to Restoring Depositional River Valleys to Stage 0 (Staley Creek Case Study)
Paul Burns, Siuslaw National Forest and Matt Helstab, Willamette National Forest
Complementary use of Wood Jams, Contour Grading, and Beaver Dam Analogues – Case Examples and Overview of the BDA Design Tool 
Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences
Monitoring Stage 0 Restoration—Test Case at Whychus Canyon Preserve, Central Oregon
Mathias Perle, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
Restoring to Stage 0—How Do We Get Stage 0 Projects Permitted and Implemented in California? 
Carrie Lukacic, Prunuske Chatham Inc., Betsy Stapleton, Scott River Watershed Council, and Sarah Beesley, Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program 
Synthesis: Why Whole Valley Floor Restoration is the Future of “Stream” Restoration
Michael M. Pollock, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries