Planning

The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) engages in multi-objective integrated planning to achieve its regional goals and to guide local project implementation. These regional plans incorporate the best available science and data related to watershed and community health, and include strategies informed by local expertise, knowledge and priorities. Additionally, NCRP planning documents include the relevant priorities and goals of key partner agencies, such as the California Department of Water Resources, the Strategic Growth Council, California Department of Conservation, California Resources Agency, the State Coastal Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the USDA and its agencies.

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The NCRP regularly develops science-based assessments and plans that fill data gaps in the region and reflect the shared goals, objectives, strategies and priorities for the North Coast Region. These planning documents are informed by the best available technical information and local knowledge, and include input from all interested stakeholders. These assessments and plans are intentionally aligned with the relevant goals and objectives of state and federal partner agencies, and guide the project identification, evaluation, selection and project implementation process for the region.

Supported by a Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities grant, the NCRP is significantly enhancing the climate change elements of its planning and implementation framework – weaving together existing plans, data, and projects into an integrated approach to addressing climate change adaptation and GHG emissions reductions while achieving other benefits such as ecosystem health, clean water, and economic vitality. The NCRP has released a number of technical reports and assessments that formed the basis of key guidance and planning documents. Technical reports, assessments and strategy plan can be found on the North Coast Integrated Regional Planning – Healthy Communities, Functional Watersheds and Viable Economies webpage.

Project Planning Tools

Project Planning Tools

The NCRP has developed model planning and policy tools that are compatible with the region’s unique rural natural resource economy, promoting approaches that will help to reinforce and build the value of the natural infrastructure, while promoting functional built infrastructure, community health and economic vitality. Tools include the small community toolbox, which helps water service providers make decisions about maintenance and upgrades and model planning and policy tools with context sensitive strategies that reflect local priorities and constraints, compliance with AB 32 and SB 375, and support for the specific needs in the North Coast.

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NCRP Small Community Toolbox

The Small Community Toolbox has been created to provide resources to help with system maintenance, replacement and upgrades as well as to assist in the project development process. The Toolbox is intended to help small utilities develop a “first order” understanding of what their options are, how they should begin to budget, where to find funding opportunities, and how to get help. This resource is organized around the steps associated with the “Utility Management Cycle”. Tools contained in the Toolbox may be provided as documents, maps, charts, or links to web resources. The Small Community Toolbox webpage contains more detail about this program and provides access to the tools.

PDF Resources

Guide for Tribal Renewable Energy Sovereignty Master Planning

December 2016
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Planning Guide for Development of Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinances

October 2016
The NCRP regularly develops science-based assessments and plans that fill data gaps in the region and reflect the shared goals, objectives, strategies and priorities for the North Coast Region. These planning documents are informed by the best available technical information and local knowledge, and include input from all interested stakeholders. These assessments and plans are…
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Model Tribal Environmental Enforcement Response Plan

August 2016
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Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System Planning Model

October 2016
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Site Resilience and Energy Assessment Process for Key Assets Guide

December 2016
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Site Resilience and Critical Essential Services Model Toolkit

December 2016
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North Coast Irrigation Water and Fertigation Management Tool

August 2017
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Project Funding

Since 2005, the NCRP planning process and project implementation has been financed from a variety of sources, including via IRWM grant funding; California Energy Commission, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program; and Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities Grant funding; and local cost-share agreements with the Sonoma County Water Agency. NCRP funding awards from 2005-2016 total over $67 million and leverage over $110 million in funding match. With its commitment to achieving multiple objectives through local action, the NCRP is well poised to attract and utilize new federal, state, local, and private funding sources as they become available.

Other Funding Opportunities

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NCRP 2015 Project Solicitation, Review & Selection

NCRP 2015 Project Solicitation, Review & Selection


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Project Monitoring

The NCRP focuses on planning and implementing high quality projects that result in positive outcomes for North Coast communities and landscapes. To this end, the NCRP requires assessments to document project priority and feasibility, as well as post-implementation monitoring to evaluate project completion, lessons learned and impact.

For project proponents, stakeholders and others who wish to access NCRP monitoring resources, tools, technical assistance and training, please visit the Learn More section.

NCRP Project Performance and Monitoring Plan Guidelines

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Resources for Project Monitoring

Monitoring and Assessment Protocols and Data Sources

Protocol Sources

Landscape Condition

CalFire Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) Development and Vegetation Trends methodology http://frap.fire.ca.gov/projects/development_vegetation/index

Biotic Condition

California Department of Fish and Game protocol: Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/Science/Aquatic-Bioassessment-Lab

California Department of Fish and Game California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Grants/FRGP/Guidance

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) method for riparian condition measures: Collins et al 2008 https://www.cramwetlands.org/documents/

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter 4 (Shilling 2005a; periphyton) and 5 (Shilling 2005b; benthic macroinvertebrates) http://cwam.ucdavis.edu/Volume_2/TOC.htm

EPA rapid bioassessment protocol (Barbour et al. 1999) https://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/merrimackstation/pdfs/ar/AR-1164.pdf

Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (California Partners in Flight and Riparian Habitat Joint Venture) methods for monitoring riparian bird populations http://www.prbo.org/calpif/htmldocs/riparian.html

SWAMP protocols (“Standard Operating Procedures”)  https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/bioassessment/sops.shtml

Selected reports under “Bioassessment” at http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/reports.shtml#bioassessment

USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/protocols/OFR02-150/index.html

Chemical & Physical Characteristics

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter  2 (Washburn and Schilling 2005) http://cwam.ucdavis.edu/Volume_2/TOC.htm

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring Program information at http://ca.water.usgs.gov/gama/

SWAMP protocols (“Standard Operating Procedures”)  https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/bioassessment/sops.shtml

Hydrology and Geomorphology

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) method for riparian condition measures: Collins et al 2008 http://www.cramwetlands.org/documents/

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter 3 (Florsheim 2005) http://cwam.ucdavis.edu/Volume_2/TOC.htm

Florsheim 2005 and references therein provide methods for measuring discharge; measuring sediment transport; calculating effective discharge; assessing substrate and grain size distributions; and assessing morphology: http://cwam.ucdavis.edu/Volume_2/TOC.htm

SWAMP physical habitat procedures https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/…/swamp/…/stream_physical_habitat.pdf

USDA Forest Service: Cumulative watershed effects: Reid 1993  https://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/psw_gtr168/13reid.pdf

Data Sources

Landscape Condition

CalFire: CalVeg http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/rsl/projects/mapping/accuracy.shtml

CalFire: Composite Dataset of California Landcover http://frap.fire.ca.gov/data/frapgisdata-land_cover

CalFire: FRAP Watershed Data http://frap.fire.ca.gov/

CalFire and USDA Forest Service: California Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring Program (LCMMP) http://frap.fire.ca.gov/data/frapgisdata-land_cover

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring Program https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/gama/

USDA: National Agriculture Inventory Program (NAIP) found at CalAtlas http://www.atlas.ca.gov/download.html

USEPA: ATtILA extension for GIS Landscape Analysis (land use quantification) http://www.epa.gov/esd/land-sci/attila/intro.htm

USGS: National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) http://www.atlas.ca.gov/download.html

USGS: National Hydrography Dataset http://nhd.usgs.gov/

USGS: National Land Cover Dataset http://landcover.usgs.gov/natllandcover.php

Biotic Condition

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS; https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Data/BIOS

California Native Diversity Database (CNDDB; https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Data/CNDDB ),Coho stream habitat assessments, and other data sets; the CDFG Watershed Assessment Program does fisheries-based assessments of coastal streams http://coastalwatersheds.ca.gov/

CalEpa and others: Environmental Protection Indicators for California (EPIC) project is responsible for developing and maintaining a set of “environmental indicators” for California. https://oehha.ca.gov/risk-assessment/environmental-protection-indicators-california-epic

CalFlora (for specific plant species) http://www.calflora.org/

California Native Plant Society (for specific plant species) http://www.cnps.org/

EPAs Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (WEMAP) https://archive.epa.gov/emap/archive-emap/web/html/

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Central California Coast Coho Salmon Recovery Plan. http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/recovery_planning_and_implementation/north_central_california_coast/central_california_coast_coho_recovery_plan.html

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Southern Oregon Northern California Coho Salmon Recovery Plan. http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/recovery_planning_and_implementation/southern_oregon_northern_california_coast/SONCC_recovery_plan.html

Riparian Habitat Joint Venture: data on riparian habitat restoration in California, especially for birds http://www.rhjv.org/

Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (California Partners in Flight and Riparian Habitat Joint Venture) monitoring data for some focal species http://www.prbo.org/calpif/htmldocs/riparian.html

SWAMP BMI,  stream assessment, and other reports including Ode 2007, SWAMP 2005, and Ode and Rehn 2005 http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/

Chemical and Physical Characteristic (Water Quality)

Department of Water Resources (DWR) Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS) http://www.water.ca.gov/iwris/

EPA TMDL program http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/tmdl/

EPA WEMAP (Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program for physical habitat structure, sediment metabolism, sediment chemistry, water quality parameters, and riparian vegetation. https://archive.epa.gov/emap/archive-emap/web/html/

SWAMP   http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/

SWRCB North Coast Basin Plan https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/basin_plan/

USGS groundwater quality data https://water.usgs.gov/ogw/data.html

Hydrology and Geomorphology

DWR Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS) http://wdl.water.ca.gov/iwris/

USEPA Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS) https://wildlandhydrology.com/resources/…/Assessment/Rosgen_2007_WARSSS.pdf

USGS National Hydrography Dataset http://nhd.usgs.gov/

USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/rt

Monitoring Protocols for Project Evaluation

Salmonid Habitat Improvement

SWAMP Data Management System.   Provides a database, templates, field data sheets, QAPP guidance and templates, and webinar trainings. Provides detailed Standard Operating Procedures .for:

CDFW California Stream Bioassessment Procedure.  Provides a scoring template for stream habitat conditions, a Bioassessment worksheet, biological metrics, sampling design, and sampling metrics.  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/csbp_2003.pdf

CDFW Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual.  2010.  Provides assessment and monitoring methods as well as project evaluation and monitoring protocols.  https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Grants/FRGP/Guidance

CDFW Qualitative Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring of Fisheries Habitat, 2006.  Includes recommendations for field-tested monitoring protocols.  Http://ucanr.edu/sites/cff/files/255193.pdf

Monitoring the Implementation and Effectiveness of Fisheries Habitat Restoration Projects.  Provides descriptions of study design, sampling considerations, and monitoring procedures. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/habitat-conservation/monitoring-and-evaluation-restoration-projects

Watershed/ Habitat Improvement

California Watershed Assessment Manual.  Volume II.    Provides sampling guidance, measurement techniques, and discusses limitations of and appropriate use of data. Provides detailed information about monitoring methods and/ or assessment:

California Rapid Assessment Method.  Provides a “cost-effective and scientifically defensible rapid assessment method for monitoring the conditions of wetlands throughout California.”  Provides access to data spatially in an interactive map, data entry, SOPs for several types of wetland habitats, and other informational and guidance documents.  http://www.cramwetlands.org/

California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program.  Provides Rapid Vegetation Assessment and Releve Protocol and field forms.  Requests that those who use these protocols send a copy of their datasheets to update statewide CNPS database.  http://www.cnps.org/cnps/vegetation/protocol.php

CDFW Survey and Monitoring Protocols and Guidelines.  Protocols from various sources that have been tested and reviewed by CDFW.  Survey and monitoring protocols provided for plants, invertebrates, specific amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  Also provides a photo point monitoring handbook from the US Forest Service.  http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/survey_monitor.html

USDA Forest Service Photo Point Monitoring Handbook, 2002.  Provides specific field procedures and concepts and analysis techniques.  http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/gtr526/

SWRCB Methodology for On-the-Ground Photo Monitoring, 2014.  Specific methodology for establishing and documenting monitoring points.  http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/centralcoast/water_issues/programs/ag_waivers/docs/resources4growers/photomonitoringprotocol30april2014_.pdf

SWRCB CWT Stream and Shoreline Photo Documentation SOP.  Available as part of the Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, this SOP provides an equipment list, methods, and forms.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_guidance.shtml

Water Quality Improvement

SWAMP – Clean Water Team Citizen Monitoring Tool Box, 2014.  Provides a tool box with templates to help manage and organize water quality monitoring data.  Field data sheets, calibration data sheets, advanced tools, and project monitoring.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_toolbox.shtml

SWAMP – Field Methods Course.  This is a training resource for SWAMP Field Methods.  Subjects include water quality, flow, water and sediment sampling, and physical assessments.  http://swamp.waterboards.ca.gov/swamp/qapp_advisor/FieldMethods/start.html

SWAMP – CWT Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, 2011.  Comprehensive source for monitoring and assessment – from setting up the monitoring strategy to SOPs for water quality, nutrients, bacteria, biological communities, physical attributes, toxicity, and pollution.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_guidance.shtml

CDFW Quantitative Effectiveness Monitoring of Bank Stabilization and Riparian Vegetation Restoration, 2007.  Reports on field testing specific protocols for bank stabilization and riparian vegetation restoration.  http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/files/27283.pdf

UCCE Sediment Delivery Inventory and Monitoring.  Contains inventory worksheet and photo records to provide landowners with tools to inventory and monitor sites that have potentially deliverable sediment.  ucanr.edu/sites/UCCE_LR/files/202923.pdf

Road Upgrading, Decommissioning and Maintenance. https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st5/Salmon_Workshop/10_Weaver_and_Hagans.pdf

Water Supply Reliability

SWAMP – CWT Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, 2011.  Section 4. Provides methods and SOPs for measuring flow.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_guidance.shtml

Educational Materials and Training Opportunities

General Resources

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) website has a number of tools and resources http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/

Information about the statewide effort to develop biological objectives and how to participate www.swrcb.ca.gov/plans_policies/biological_objective.shtml

SWAMP Clean Water Team, Citizen Monitoring: training and educational materials http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_volunteer.shtml

SWAMP Field Methods Course (CD) which is also available online at https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cdrom.html

Information about the course at http://swamp.waterboards.ca.gov/swamp/qapp_advisor/FieldMethods/start.html

The California Water Quality Monitoring Council report “Preliminary Inventory of Monitoring Programs” (2008). It has helpful information about, and links to, the state’s major monitoring/assessment programs, support tools, and data libraries  http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/monitoring_council/

“Webinars” on various water issues are available through SWRCB’CWQMC http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/monitoring_council/

California Watershed Assessment Manual has a comprehensive treatment of watershed data collection and assessment http://cwam.ucdavis.edu/

Salmonid Restoration Federation trainings in watershed assessment https://www.calsalmon.org/programs/field-schools

IMAP monitoring related training http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21737

Department of Fish and Game BIOS biological data viewer tutorials http://bios.dfg.ca.gov/

SWAMP Clean Water Team Clean Water Team Resources

Water Clarity (Transparency) and Color Using a Secchi Disc http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3151.pdf

Water Clarity (Transparency) Using a Transparency Tube http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3152.pdf

Using Transparency Tube and Total Suspended Solids(TSS) Data to Assess Stream Turbidity   http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3152a.pdf

Turbidity Measurement Using the Dual Cylinder Method http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3153.pdf

Turbidity Using a Nephelometer (“Turbidimeter”) http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3154.pdf

Collection and Use of Total Suspended Solids http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3157a.pdf

Fact Sheet – Water Color http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3159.pdf

Determining Color Water http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/guidance/3159a.pdf