Resource Research / Habitat Evaluations / Restoration
Mokelumne River, California, Fisheries Monitoring.
Natural Resource Scientists, Inc. conducted upstream and downstream salmon and steelhead monitoring on the Mokelumne River downstream of Camanche Dam from 1992 through 2000.
This project included the development of recommendations to improve overall management of Mokelumne River salmon resources and increase salmon survival in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta.
Watershed / Ecosystem Evaluation and Restoration Planning / Implementation
Evaluation of the Upper Klamath River Basin, Oregon.
Natural Resource Scientists, Inc. developed the Initial Ecosystem Restoration Plan for the Upper Klamath River Basin with focus on endangered species recovery and water management improvements.
NRS conducted research projects pertaining to two endangered fish (Lost River and shortnose suckers) in the upper Klamath River and Lost River basins.
NRS provided the Klamath Basin Water Users and resource management agencies with technical recommendations for actions to recover the endangered fish.
Environmental Regulation Compliance
Long-Term Biological Assessment for the Central Valley Project (CVP), California.
Natural Resource Scientists, Inc. served as the principal biological contractor to develop the Long-Term Biological Assessment for the CVP.
In this capacity, NRS staff were the principal authors of the Biological Assessment for the CVP because of their extensive experience and knowledge of CVP facilities and Central Valley fishery resources.
NRS developed and utilized innovative analytical methods to assess Central Valley water project effects on fish populations and worked with the principal Federal and State agencies on endangered species consultations associated with the Biological Assessment.
The Long-Term Biological Assessment is presently functioning as one of the primary source documents affecting how the CVP is operated.
Much of this work required a comprehensive working knowledge of the complexities associated with alternative water project operations and modeling and evaluating resultant effects on fish populations.
Our underwater video footage has been shown on nation-wide network and public educational TV broadcasts, and on instructional video programs.
NRS personnel have worked on the bio-engineering design at some of the world's largest fish screens, including new and retro-fitted fish protective facilities.
Our services included pre- and post-project evaluations.