Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

Executive Summary and Report Card


Focus Watershed

How To Use The Report Card

What Did We Find Out?

1 Introduction and Background

1.1 Why do we need indicators?

1.2 Why the watershed?

1.3 How can indicators be used?

1.4 Other Report Card Projects in California

1.5 Sacramento River Basin Report Card

1.5.1 Sacramento River Basin Geography

1.5.2 Subwatershed Geography

1.5.3 Technical Advisory Committee and Stakeholders

1.5.4 Report Card Outputs

2 Indicator Selection

2.1 Goals and objectives

2.1.1 Cross-walk between goals and objectives and attribute categories

2.1.2 Correspondence between objectives and ecological condition indicators

2.2 Indicator selection criteria

2.3 Indicators selected

2.4 Target and reference condition selection

3 Indicator Generation, Evaluation, Aggregation

3.1 Goal A: Water quality and supply

3.1.1 Periphyton Cover and Biomass

3.1.2 Surface Water Temperature

3.1.3 Mercury in Fish Tissue

3.1.4 Flow Patterns and Alteration

3.2 Goal B: Native biota

3.2.1 Bird Species Diversity

3.2.2 Proportion of Watershed as Agricultural/Urban

3.2.3 Benthic Macroinvertebrates Community Structure

3.2.4 Fish Community Diversity

3.3 Goal C: Habitats and ecosystems

3.3.1 Aquatic Habitat Barriers

3.3.2 Terrestrial Habitat Fragmentation

3.3.3 Carbon Stock and Sequestration

3.3.4 Nitrogen Load/Cycling

3.4 Goal D: Fire and flooding

3.4.1 Fire Frequency

3.4.2 Flooding and Floodplain Access

3.5 Goal E: Community, social and economic conditions

3.5.1 Pesticide Application and Organic Agriculture

3.5.2 School Lunch Program Enrollment

3.6 Linkages and relationships among objectives, attributes and indicators

4 General Methods and Principles

4.1 Reporting and analysis subwatershed units

4.2 Scoring: Distance to target/reference and scoring transformations

4.3 Trend/time series analysis

4.4 Confidence in Report Card findings

4.5 Spatial scale and aggregation of fine scale data to subwatershed

4.6 Temporal scale and aggregation

4.7 Cross-indicator score aggregation

4.8 Data management and transformation

5 Interpretation

5.1 Using the Report Card

6 Conclusions and Recommendations

6.1 Critical data gaps

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

Appendix A

Appendix B