Abstract: Session B  9:20 am (Back to Session B)
Riparian Restoration and Beyond: Strategies for Stewardship and Lessons Learned from a Watershed Wide Approach

John R. Goetz III
Clean Water Services
Hillsboro, Oregon

The techniques implemented by practitioners managing restoration projects throughout the Willamette valley of Oregon vary in their cost, level of effort, practicality and effectiveness. Additionally, individual practitioners can, at times, differ in their methods of project monitoring and the associated performance metrics or success criteria. The complexity of the practitioner’s job is compounded by agency or landowner goals and objects, restoration project duration, level of funding and funding agency desires, increased paperwork due to state, federal and local regulations, changing public and practitioner perceptions surrounding herbicide usage, disturbance regimes and limited availability of qualified contractors and consultants.

This presentation will detail the lessons learned during project planning, project implementation, techniques applied, mistakes to avoid and the associated monitoring data and performance metrics at case study projects in two urbanized watersheds of the Tualatin Basin in Washington County, Oregon. Through partnering with local agencies to coordinate an extended period of site preparation, conduct an intensive project evaluation at the planning stage, establish relatively high diversity and density native plant communities as well as learning to accept and anticipate disturbance from beavers the restoration and recovery of these watersheds are exhibiting positive trends of plant community diversity, wildlife habitat and water quality despite the pressures and challenges associated with managing stream restoration projects in urbanized and urbanizing watersheds.