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Integrated Regional Wetland Monitoring Pilot Project, 2003 - present

Collaborating Organizations:

Wetlands and Water Resources, PRBO Conservation Science, San Francisco Estuary Institute, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, University of Washington, U.S. Geological Survey, and Philip Williams and Associates

Funding Organization:

CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program

Project Description

This project involved a two-year field study and analytical effort to examine the role of wetland restoration on affecting ecosystem processes at different scales and to develop effective monitoring methodologies for other restoration projects. Being carried out on behalf of the California Bay-Delta Authority Science Program, the project has aimed at improving our understanding of restoration and monitoring methodologies to improve the effectiveness of ecosystem restoration efforts throughout the San Francisco Estuary and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The project includes monitoring physical processes, vegetation, birds, fish, invertebrates, and primary production at six sites from the western Delta to San Pablo Bay, and landscape ecology at these six sites and extended throughout the region. WWR is the Lead Principal Investigator, lead for Physical Processes, and co-lead for Landscape Ecology.

Phase II of the project involved preparation of multiple journal articles and reports based upon the IRWM field data, work funded by the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program. These are available at http://www.irwm.org/.

Phase III of the project involves preparing two final manuscripts, one focusing on the ecosystem functions of restored tidal marshlands for fish and aquatic productivity and the second a synthesis of the role of tidal wetland restoration in supporting ecosystem functions in the San Francisco Estuary and Delta. This latter phase brings in additional researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey along with collaboration with Department of Fish and Game staff. This third phase is funded by the Ecosystem Restoration Program and is anticipated to be completed in 2012.