Stream Condition Inventory – Los Padres National Forest

On behalf of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Blue Tomorrow is conducting a comprehensive inventory of stream condition in the southern portion of the Los Padres National Forest. The stream inventory utilizes  the Stream Condition Inventory (SCI) protocols developed by the USFS for the Pacific Southwest Region and Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program protocols developed by the California State Water Resources Control Board for algae and benthic macro-invertebrates. The streams that are being targeted for inventory surveys are critical habitat and over-summering habitat for the Endangered Southern California Steelhead and the Threatened Southwestern Pond Turtle and Red-Legged Frog. The project is being funded through NFWF’s Zaca and Piru Fires Restoration Grant Program and has the underlying goal of assessing the impacts from the Zaca Fire to aquatic resources utilized by the threatened and endangered species, and to identify future restoration opportunities.

 

The Blue Tomorrow stream survey crew collects stream data on a remote bedrock stream deep in the back county of the Los Padres National Forest.

The Blue Tomorrow stream survey crew collects data on a remote bedrock stream deep in the back county of the Los Padres National Forest.