Recent Submissions

  • Agricultural Best Management Practices and Treatment Wetlands in the Gabilan Watershed: Project Asessment and Evaluation Plan

    Harris, Kelleen; Brown, Karminder; Earnshaw, Sam; Hanson, Emily; Largay, Bryan; Lienk, Laura Lee; Watson, Fred; Williams, Regina; Wiskind, Adam (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2006)
    Several local groups have come together for this project to addresses water quality concerns in the Gabilan Watershed – also known as the Reclamation Ditch Watershed (Fig. 1.1). These are Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC), Central Coast Watershed Studies (CCoWS), Return of the Natives (RON), Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), and Coastal Conservation and Research (CC&R). The primary goal is to reduce non-point source pollution – particularly suspended sediment, nutrients, and pesticides – and thereby improve near-shore coastal waters of Moss Landing Harbor and the Monterey Bay. (Document contains 33 pages)
  • Wetland Habitat Types of the Carmel River Lagoon.

    Casagrande, Joel (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2006)
    This is a report delivered to California Department of Parks and Recreation. The purpose of this report is to document and describe the presence, location, and general characteristics for each of the wetland types currently found in the lagoon area. Comments are also made on the general use by different fauna. (Document contains 15 pages)
  • Carmel River Lagoon Enhancement Project: Water Quality and Aquatic Wildlife Monitoring, 2005-6

    Larson, Joy; Watson, Fred; Casagrande, Joel; Pierce, Brian (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2006)
    In summer and fall 2004, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) initiated the Carmel River Lagoon Enhancement Project. The project involved excavation of a dry remnant Arm of the lagoon and adjacent disused farmland to form a significant new lagoon volume. The intention was to provide habitat, in particular, for two Federally threatened species: the California Red-Legged Frog, and the Steelhead Trout (South Central-Coastal California Evolutionary Significant Unit). DPR contracted with the Foundation of California State University Monterey Bay (Central Coast Watershed Studies Team, Watershed Institute) to monitor water quality and aquatic invertebrates in association with the enhancement, and to attempt to monitor steelhead using novel video techniques. The monitoring objective was to assess whether the enhancement was successful in providing habitat with good water quality, adequate invertebrate food for steelhead, and ultimately the presence of steelhead. (Document contains 102 pages)
  • Wetland Tracker Data Collection Central Coast (Morro Bay Region)

    Michie, Matthew; Watson, Fred; Casagrande, Joel (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2006)
    The goal of this project was to gather information on wetland restoration projects in the Moro Bay, California, region. Data provided to the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) will be used to enhance a web-based, public access database, the Bay Area Wetland Project Tracker. Wetland Tracker provides information on the location, size, sponsors, habitats, contact persons, and status of included projects. Its website provides an interactive map of planned and completed wetland projects(http://www.wetlandtracker.org). (Document contains 4 pages)
  • 2007 Annual Report: Hydrologic Conditions in Baseflow Reaches Pursuant to Conditions 14 and 15, Santa Lucia Preserve, Monterey County, California

    Croyle, Zachary; Smith, Douglas (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2007)
    This report presents the results of the 2007 baseflow condition surveys of the four major streams flowing through Santa Lucia Preserve- Las Garzas, Portrero, San Jose, and San Clemente Creeks. This report has been prepared for the Santa Lucia Conservancy and is primarily intended for the staff of Monterey County and California Department of Fish and Game, in accordance with the baseflow monitoring and reporting requirements outlined in County Conditions 14 and 15. The scope of this report is limited to the presentation and evaluation of existing baseflow conditions as required by Conditions 14 and 15, and is not intended as a comprehensive analysis. However, data presented here are an important part of the long term data set that will be used for future in depth watershed analyses. (Document contains 13 pages & 14 figs)
  • Carmel River Lagoon Enhancement Project: Water Quality and Aquatic Wildlife Monitoring, 2006-7

    Perry, William; Watson, Fred; Casagrande, Joel; Hanley, Charles (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2007)
    This is a report to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It describes water quality and aquaticinvertebrate monitoring after the construction of the Carmel River Lagoon Enhancement Project. Included aredata that have been collected for two years and preliminary assessment of the enhanced ecosystem. Thisreport marks the completion of 3-years of monitoring water quality and aquatic habitat. The report adoptsthe same format and certain background text from previous years’ reporting by the same research group (e.g.Larson et al., 2005). (Document contains 100 pages)
  • The Carr Lake Project: Potential Biophysical Benefits of Conversion to a Multiple-Use Park

    Casagrande, Joel; Watson, Fred (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2007)
    The Carr Lake Project aims to convert Carr Lake’s 450 acres of agriculture fields into a regional multi-use park that will benefit flood protection, water quality, and wildlife habitat, while also providing additional recreational areas for the local community. The Project is represented by an informal consortium of interested parties including the Watershed Institute of CaliforniaState University Monterey Bay, The City of Salinas, 1000 Friends of Carr Lake, and the Big Sur Land Trust. (Document contains 54 pages)
  • Initial Hydraulic modelling and Levee Stability Analysis of the Triple M Ranch Restoration Project

    Smith, Douglas; Anderson, Thor; Clark, Cara; Croyle, Zachary; Maas-Baldwin, Jason; Largay, Bryan (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2007)
    “Advanced Watershed Science and Policy (ESSP 660)” is a graduate class taught in the Master of Science in Coastal and Watershed Science & Policy program at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). In 2007, the class was taught in four 4-week modules, each focusing on a local watershed issue. This report is one outcome of one of those 4-week modules taught in the fall 2007 session. (Document contains 32 pages)
  • Carmel Lagoon Water Quality and Steelhead Soundings: Fall 2007

    Anderson, Thor; Clark, Cara; Croyle, Zachary; Maas-Baldwin, Jason; Urquhart, Kevan; Watson, Fred (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2007)
    ESSP 660 Advanced Watershed Science and Policy is a graduate class taught in the Master of Science in Coastal and Watershed Science & Policy program at California State University Monterey Bay. In 2007, the class was taught in four 4-week modules, each focusing on making a small contribution to a local watershed issue. This report describes the results ofone of those 4-week modules – on Carmel Lagoon Water Quality and Ecology. The module was lead instructed by Fred Watson (CSUMB) and Kevan Urquhart (MPWMD). (Document contains 54 pages)
  • Summary of Precipitation and Streamflow for Potrero and San Clemente Creeks in Water-Year 2007, Santa Lucia Preserve, Monterey County, California

    Croyle, Zachary; Smith, Douglas (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2008)
    In March 2007 CSU-Monterey Bay began hydrologic monitoring of Santa Lucia Preserve for the Santa Lucia Conservancy. This project is a continuation of monitoring begun by Balance Hydrologics as part of the permit requirements for land development. The purpose of this annual report is to present data summaries for the 2007 water year (October 1, 2006 to September 31, 2007). Rainfall in water year 2007 was very low, representing the 15 year drought rainfall. Streamflow was relatively low as well as indicated by baseflow conditions approaching the drought conditions of water-year 1991 (Croyle and Smith, 2007). Document contains 30 pages)
  • Central Coast Region South District Basin Planning & Habitat Mapping Project

    Watson, Jessica; Casagrande, Julie; Watson, Fred (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2008)
    This is a report to the California Department of Fish and Game. Between 2003 and 2008, the Foundation of CSUMB produced fish habitat maps and GIS layers for CDFG based on CDFG field data. This report describes the data entry, mapping, and website construction procedures associated with the project. Included are the maps that have been constructed. This report marks the completion of the Central Coast region South District Basin Planning and Habitat Mapping Project. (Document contains 40 pages)
  • Imminent Geologic and Hydrologic Hazards on Fort Ord BLM Land

    Smith, Douglas (CSU Monterey Bay Watershed InstituteSeaside, CA, 2008)
    The Bureau of Land Management acquired 7,500 acres of land as part of the re-use of the decommissioned Fort Ord Army base. A variety of geologic hazards exist on the landscape including gully erosion, mass wasting, and decaying earthen dams. This short report highlights a few critical areas that deserve closer evaluation and remediation. Of particular concern are decaying earthen dams and mass wasting of tall stream banks that may impact BLM infrastructure or adjacent urban development. (Document contains 13 paGES)