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Monitoring conditions at the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area to guide future restoration projects

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Inc.
2006 & 2007 Grant Recipients – Napa County

Purpose

The grant was designed to monitor pre- and post restoration conditions at the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area to guide future restoration projects and protect water quality.

These monitoring projects were instrumental in the planning and implementation of several large restoration projects that brought back tides to several thousand acres of former salt ponds that had been separated from the lower Napa River for nearly 100 years. The monitoring investigated potential water quality threats of restoring tidal action to the former salt ponds. Information gained was also used in the design of future site breaches and tidal sloughs.

Update 2012

Follow up testing was performed to document and validate that the restoration projects had no significant effects on water quality. The project included multiple monitoring stations both inside ponds and along the Napa River to understand the mixing dynamics of different water sources and to validate existing hydrodynamic models.

Primary Contact for the Project

Matt Kaminski
Regional Biologist
Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Phone: 916-852-2000
E-mail: mkaminski@duck.org

Secondary Contact for the Project

Fritz Reid
Director of Conservation Planning
Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Phone: 916-852-2000
E-mail: freid@ducks.org

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Project Photos

Landing the boat at the wildlife area to collect data from our automated sample data loggers.

Aerial photo taken post restoration to show how the tidal action has been restored to the ponds on the north part of the wildlife area.

Fixed location probe that would collect hourly measurements of DO, pH, salinity, and water depth.

Last modified: 7/3/2012 12:43 PM by S. Haren

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