6.2 Next Steps for the Report Card in the Sacramento River Basin

Report Cards such as this are a valuable tool for tracking and communicating watershed condition to residents, other stakeholders, and decision-makers, and similar Report Card should be conducted within each major watershed and subregion within the entire Sacramento River Basin. The basic steps should mirror those used in the Feather River Watershed Report Card (described in the previous sections):

  • Articulate stakeholder goals and objectives for the basin.
  • Identify the geographic subunits to be assessed (e.g., reporting subwatersheds).
  • Select indicators for each objective, using a WAF cross-walk matrix to ensure that the chosen indicators collectively also address all of the essential watershed attributes (EWAs) in the WAF.
  • Determine the reference value (target) for each indicator, and the relationship between potential indicator values and scores from 1-100 (i.e. linear or non-linear function).
  • Identify the metrics for each indicator, compile and analyze the data, and calculate the score for each indicator in each sub-unit.
  • Aggregate the scores across objectives and across sub-units.

Adopting this Report Card process in other watersheds would provide a consistent approach for a broader assessment of watershed condition across California, and the WAF attributes, which would be common across watersheds, would enable comparison among watersheds even if the goals and objectives (and indicators) might differ. The feasibility of aggregation across Report Cards using the WAF attributes could also be explored.


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