Los Padres National Forest – Stream Condition Inventory

On behalf of the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), we are conducting a comprehensive inventory of stream condition in the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez River Watersheds. For this project, we are assessing impacts from the Zaca Fire to water resources and aquatic habitat, providing baseline information prior to construction of stream crossing projects, and identifying future restoration opportunities. 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 macroinvertebrates. Surveyed streams include critical habitat and over-summering habitat for the endangered Southern California Steelhead and the threatened Southwestern Pond Turtle and California Red-Legged Frog.



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