Assesment Reports for Pescadero-Butano & Upper Pajaro River
Upper Pajaro River Sediment Assessment
River Watershed is one of the largest riverine systems entering
the Monterey Bay and drains an area of approximately 1,300 square miles
of land on the Central Coast of California. The Upper Pajaro
River Sediment Assessment was developed for the 202 square miles of
the upper northeastern portions of the watershed. The assessment characterizes
erosion and sedimentation dynamics in Llagas and Uvas Creeks,
including an evaluation of sediment conditions, erosion risk, and potential
impacts to beneficial uses with the watershed.
assessment was done in conjunction with landowner outreach by the Santa
Clara County Farm Bureau, as part of the Sanctuary’s Agriculture
and Rural Lands Plan. This assessment was managed by the Monterey
Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and funded by a grant from
the State Water Resources Control Board.
Pescadero-Butano Watershed Assessment
watershed is the largest coastal watershed between the Golden Gate
and the San Lorenzo River. The watershed’s two principal streams,
Pescadero Creek and Butano Creek, which have their confluence in
Pescadero Marsh, drain 81 square miles of the Santa Cruz Mountains
and the coastal valleys, hills, and terraces around the town of Pescadero.
Pescadero-Butano Watershed Assessment was undertaken to assess current
habitat conditions for Coho salmon and Steelhead trout in the watershed,
characterize sediment sources and dynamics, and identify factors
limiting the quality and extent of salmonid habitat. The overall
goal of the project is to develop a scientific basis for future management
plans and actions related to restoration and the salmonid fishery.
assessment was done in conjunction with agricultural demonstration
projects developed by the San Mateo County Farm Bureau, as part of
Agriculture and Rural Lands Plan. Coastal Watershed Council conducted
water quality monitoring with a team of volunteers. This assessment
was managed by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
and funded by a 319(h) grant from the State Water Resources Control