The Anadromous Fish Restoration Program

Managed Project

Initiate broader stakeholder outreach and community awareness of restoration issues on the lower Stanislaus River.

photo of project site

2000 - 2004


JD Wikert

River mile 58 to confluence with the San Joaquin River

Stanislaus River  

Develop and produce presentation quality display materials of the work underway or completed by the Stanislaus River Stakeholder Group and related subgroups to restore and manage anadromous fishes on the Stanislaus River. This includes informational material that is educational, will enhance the public’s knowledge of anadromous fish habitat, and supports the mission of the agencies involved in this undertaking. This will provide the general public with information on various agency efforts to restore anadromous habitats along/within the Stanislaus River.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Stanislaus River Parks will coordinate the design, publication, manufacture, and distribution of informational materials for this outreach project. These materials will be in the form of a tabletop display, brochure, and a wayside exhibit, and will recognize the various agencies involved/participating in this undertaking. Where available, production will be done on exportable, electronic medium for future editing and reprinting ease.

The current stakeholder process on the Stanislaus River below New Melones Dam is driven predominately by the interest of having stakeholder input into the long-term water management plan under development by the US Bureau of Reclamation. Subgroups have evolved to work on related topics including a temperature management model and coordination of anadromous fish study projects occurring on this reach of the Stanislaus River. All of these groups meet during the day and during normal business hours, which makes participation by non-agency citizens difficult. The group and subgroups have made tangible gains in their respective endeavors, but there has been no real mechanism for disseminating this information to a broader audience. One of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of conducting outreach is the development and production of the communication medium. This project would develop those materials. A brief brochure and tabletop or easel display panel for each key activity undertaken by the group or subgroups would provide ready tools for use at a variety of community events and help involve a broader range of stakeholders in the process. The Stanislaus River supports fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead. American shad and striped bass also use the river seasonally. The listing of steelhead and the fact that this river is part of the Central Valley Project have resulted in certain flow requirements by the National Marine Fisheries Service to attain cool temperatures for steelhead in the summer months for 1999. Stanislaus River flows are also instrumental in downstream water quality conditions on the mainstem San Joaquin River. To complicate matters there also are water allocation issues associated with the Stanislaus River. Public attitudes strongly influence how water managers resolve competing needs, thus the public should have accurate and clear information regarding the development of the Stanislaus River water management plan as well as the actions undertaken by the Stakeholder group and subgroups. USACE Stanislaus River Parks are an effective partner because they have active and static public programs, which are existing mechanisms to provide information and education for the public through the products developed in this project.

The USACE completed and submitted the outreach brochure to the AFRP. The USACE have installed the wayside exhibit panelst. The project is complete.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
California Department of Fish and Game
Stanislaus Stakeholders

Initial Draft Scope of Work: Stakeholder outreach, community awareness on anadromous fish manage., restoration issues on Lower Stan, 0.027 mb (.027 MB)
Brochure: Chinook Salmon - Sustaining the Circle of Life, 0.696 mb (.696 MB)

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