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Restoring the Stanislaus Watershed Symposium

April 6, 2024 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The day session will start with plenary discussions led by experts and then hold breakout sessions to discuss the details and make action plans. We’ll learn about the current situation in the Stanislaus watershed and the operations of its dams, including New Melones. We’ll find out what it will take to redesign the watershed and the New Melones Dam in order to restore the river and its tributaries to health. Just a few of the tantalizing topics include:

*   How to more rapidly lower New Melones reservoir and conjunctively use that water with groundwater recharge to improve flood control and increase the region’s water supplies.

  • How to improve salmon fisheries while preparing and restoring the lower Stanislaus River’s flood capacity in anticipation of extreme climate-change events.
  • How to restore the upper watershed to increase water storage in meadows and soils, and reduce downstream flood flows. For example, learn how the reintroduction of beavers can help.
  • How to prepare for the next extended drought so that boating and recreation on the upper river can return and natural restoration can be measured and learned from.
  • How and when New Melones Dam can be reduced to permanently restore and protect the river above Highway 49.

In the evening session, while enjoying a delicious dinner, we’ll learn from Klamath River tribal and environmental representatives how they achieved the world’s largest river renewal project with the removal of four dams. We’ll learn how they are bringing back the salmon as well as their complex strategies for ensuring a successful restoration of their river corridor and newly opened tributaries.

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April 6, 2024
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sonora Elks Lodge
100 Elk Dr
Sonora, United States
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