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Sac River Watershed Blog

  • Mar 26, 2018


    As an individual, there is a lot you can do to be prepared for wildfire but what about our forests? Of course saving lives and protecting property is the priority and numerous community partners including Fire Safe Councils, CAL FIRE, and FEMA are working together to create a culture of community preparedness. But we also need to better prepare our forests though improved planning and management. Healthy forests provide numerous benefits including clean air and water, habitat for endangered and other species, recreational opportunities, renewable energy, wood products, and more. And despite the sophistication of our current fire suppression efforts, forest conditions are leading to fires that burn larger and hotter so that these benefits are being diminished.

    Forest restoration and planning needs to occur at a much greater pace and scale. Fortunately there is a growing understanding that many of our forests are not healthy and that overgrown forests are susceptible to disease and intense wildfire. There is likewise broad consensus that science-based ecological restoration of our forests must be dramatically increased. In 2014, state and federal agencies and officials formally acknowledged the need for periodic fire to reduce hazardous fuels and protect humans and the environment from extreme fires, it led to the development of programs and initiatives focused on forest health and enhanced funding for forest management. This opened the door for SRWP to focus on fuels and fire management as a nexus to watershed health.

  • Oct 3, 2017

    By Holly Jorgensen


    Collaborative management efforts are essential for protecting, restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Watershed management requires coordinated policy and management action not only at the local level, but at regional and state levels as well. Successful watershed management should reflect the values of the community and implement actions with achievable outcomes.

    Successful watershed management also requires coordinated data and information collection, and that data management and accessibility throughout the state is crucial to realizing the goals and objectives set forth in watershed planning efforts.

  • Jun 7, 2017

    By Holly Jorgensen and Stephen Graydon

    (Above: Forested area before thinning and control burn)

    The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) is partnering with the Terra Fuego Resource Foundation (Terra Fuego) to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration focusing on fuels and fire management as a nexus to watershed health.

    California is a fire-adapted environment, which need managing to avoid the excessive fuels buildup that create mega fires. Fire suppression has created an unhealthy ecosystem that reduces ecological diversity, worsens the effects of a changing climate, and creates significant and lasting changes through disease, insects and mega fire. SRWP and Terra Fuego are partnering to develop the infrastructure, methodology and management practices to address the devastating impacts of drought and increase forest management efforts in the Sacramento River watershed.

    SRWP’s Butte Forest Thin – Doe Mill Ridge Watershed Project uses forest thinning and low intensity prescribed fire to treat 227 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) between Little Chico Creek and Butte Creek in the Sacramento River watershed. Our project will conduct pre- and post-monitoring to examine how pre-fire fuel reduction restoration treatments affect fire severity and improve forest health.



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Feather River Watershed Data Dashboard

The Feather River Watershed includes all waters of the Feather River from its headwaters in the Sierra Nevada downstream to the Sacramento River confluence. The river is divided into an upper watershed and lower watershed by the 3.5 million-acre-foot Oroville Reservoir, the keystone of the State Water Project.

The SRWP Data Portal includes maps and graphs in its Feather River Watershed Data Dashboard for the following:

  • Current Conditions
  • Real-time Flow Conditions
  • Oroville Current Conditions
  • Sacramento River CMP
  • Restoration Grant Tracking
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Upland and Forest
  • Agricultural Lands Stewardship
  • Municipal Services
  • Floodplains, Meadows and Waterbodies
  • Lake Almanor Assessment Tools
  • Lake Almanor Groundwater Monitoring
  • Feather River GIS
  • Other Resources

View it here.