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October 8, 2013 > Study will assist Steelhead restoration in Alameda Creek

Study will assist Steelhead restoration in Alameda Creek

Submitted By Jeff Miller

The San Francisco Estuary Institute has published the Alameda Creek Historical Ecology Study documenting the transformation of the largest local tributary to San Francisco Bay and suggesting opportunities for steelhead restoration, wetland recovery and watershed management. The project synthesizes hundreds of historical maps, photographs and documents with contemporary science to gain understanding of current environmental challenges and restoration opportunities.

A special section co-authored with EPA biologist Robert Leidy describes the remarkable diversity of the native fish communities found historically within the watershed; more than half of the original two dozen native freshwater fish species still persist today in Alameda Creek. ÒThe Alameda Creek Historical Ecology Study shows how creek, wetland and other natural systems used to work, and suggests ways that we can re-establish some of these functions to make healthier and more resilient ecosystems within the Alameda Creek watershed,Ó said SFEI senior scientist Robin Grossinger.

The study was funded by the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, with additional funding by the Alameda County Water District and Zone 7 Water Agency. The project was produced in partnership with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District. For copies and more information, please visit the project at www.sfei.org/projects/.

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