Flow and Water Temperature Simulation for Habitat Restoration in the Shasta River, California

TitleFlow and Water Temperature Simulation for Habitat Restoration in the Shasta River, California
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsNull, S. E., Deas M., & Lund J. R.
Date Published07/09
InstitutionWiley InterScience
AbstractLow instream flows and high water temperatures are two factors limiting survival of native salmon in California’s Shasta River. This study examines the potential to improve fish habitat conditions by better managing water quantity and quality using flow and water temperature simulation to evaluate potential restoration alternatives. This analysis provides a reasonable estimate of current and potential flows and temperatures for a representative dry year (2001) in the Shasta River, California. Results suggest restoring and protecting cool spring-fed sources provides the most benefit for native salmon species from a broad range of restoration alternatives. Implementing a combination of restoration alternatives further improves instream habitat. Results also indicate that substituting higher quality water can sometimes benefit native species without increasing environmental water allocations. This study shows the importance of focusing on the limitations of specific river systems, rather than systematically increasing instream flow as a one size fits all restoration approach
URLhttp://watershed.ucdavis.edu/pdf/Null_Deas_Lund_final%282010%29.pdf