California Wetlands State Links
- Wetlands Reserve Program
- EPA and Wetlands
- California Wetlands Information System
- California Wetlands: Explore your Wetlands
- Wetland Mapping and Inventory
- National Wetlands Inventory: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- California Wetlands Policies and Programs
- CA.Gov State Water Resources Control Board
- California Natural Resources Agency: State of the States Wetlands, 10 Years of Challenges and Progress
- CA.Gov California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- California Wetland Portal
- Important California wetland link (the holy grail of links)
- San Francisco Estuary Institute Region-Wide Science for Ecosystem Management,
- Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project
- Southern California Wetlands Mapping Project
- California Wetlands
- Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
- Bolsa Chica Conservancy
- World Environmental Organization: 100 Top Wetland Sites
- California Wetlands Foundation
- Conservation Organizations: Outdoor Volunteer
More Links of Interest
Ballona Wetlands Foundation: The Ballona Wetlands Foundation was created by a court action to preserve and protect the remaining Ballona Wetlands on California’s coast near Los Angeles. Foundation members offer educational programs for children and adults and coordinate volunteer efforts to protect and restore the wetlands. This site would be useful for anyone seeking information about the restoration efforts taking place at the Ballona Wetlands or for anyone looking for volunteer activities that can be organized to benefit wetlands.
Natural Resources Project Inventory: formerly the California Ecological Restoration Project Inventory is a combined private/nonprofit/government database containing information on restoration projects in California. Projects can be viewed by counties or by vegetation/habitat type. This site would be useful for anyone seeking information on completed restoration projects in California.
California Vernal Pools: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to saving California’s vernal pools and distributing information and resources. This web site provides links vernal pool resources including animal and plant species, conservation programs, federal and state regulations, publications, and reference materials. Would be useful to anyone seeking to learn more about vernal pools or organizations seeking to protect vernal pools.
California Wetlands Information System Vernal Pools: This site, part of the California Resources Agency’s Wetlands Information System, offers links to information about vernal pools—seasonally flooded depressions underlain by an impermeable layer such as hardpan, claypan, or volcanic basalt. The site offers educational materials about vernal pools, California vernal pool locator maps, and a detailed vernal pool assessment report (complete with maps and species lists) prepared by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Elkhorn Slough: The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve was established as a field laboratory for scientific research and estuarine education. This site provides information on restoration activities available at the Slough, current research, and outreach activities designed to educate the public about protecting the health of the ecosystem. This site provides an example of how to integrate restoration and educational activities to increase public awareness of wetland restoration.
The Friends of Famosa Slough: (search for Famosa Slough) The Friends of Famosa Slough (FFS) is a nonprofit organization established to protect and restore the Famosa Slough as a natural wetland preserve and to promote public awareness of the importance of wetlands. The FFS site lists locations of trails and benches throughout the wetland, provides information on the history of and future plans for the slough, and includes photos of wetland areas and wetland plants and fish. This site would be useful for anyone interested in visiting Famosa Slough or learning more about southern California native wetland plants and animals.
The Los Angeles River Connection: This web site offers diverse resources related to the history and management of the Los Angeles River. The site, developed in part by students from the Los Angeles area, offers links to a virtual river tour, maps, lesson plans, riparian resources, and river-related organizations. This site would be useful for anyone interested in ongoing restoration and protection efforts in the Los Angeles River watershed.
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve: Madrona Marsh is one of the last remaining vernal marshes in southern California. This site explores the resources and activities available at the Nature Center and Preserve, including walks, tours, science camps and classes, and habitat restoration work parties. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve serves as a good example of the extent to which a community wetland can be used as an educational resource for the public.
The Orange County CoastKeeper: CoastKeeper works to protect and preserve Orange County’s marine habitat and watershed through education, restoration, and enforcement. They have also recently received a Five-Star grant for a kelp restoration project off the California coast. This web site provides information on meetings, events, and volunteer efforts sponsored by CoastKeeper, as well as news articles about several nearby beaches and harbors. This site would be useful for anyone wishing to get involved with CoastKeeper or anyone seeking information on kelp bed restoration.
Riparian Habitat Joint Venture: California Partners in Flight initiated the Riparian Habitat Joint Venture (RHJV) project in 1994. To date, 18 federal, state, and private organizations have signed the landmark Cooperative Agreement to protect and enhance habitats for native landbirds throughout California. This site describes the efforts of the RHJV to reinforce other collaborative efforts currently under way that protect biodiversity and enhance natural resources, as well as the human element they support. This site provides ideas for developing collaborative efforts to protect riparian areas.
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture: This partnership of public agencies, environmental organizations, the business community, local governments, the agricultural community, and landowners works cooperatively to protect, restore, increase, and enhance wetlands and riparian habitat in the San Francisco Bay watershed. The site provides information on current projects, events, and community involvement opportunities. This site would be useful for anyone seeking information on or wishing to get involved in restoration activities in the San Francisco Bay watershed.
The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI): SFEI encourages research, monitoring and communication efforts that support the protection and enhancement of the San Francisco estuary. Information on several projects is available through this web site, including descriptions of the contaminant monitoring and research program, biological invasion program, and regional monitoring program. The Bay Area EcoAtlas is also accessible through this site. The EcoAtlas is a database of past and present ecology data on the bays, baylands, and adjacent habitats of the San Francisco Bay area. EcoAtlas is designed to support regional environmental planning and management efforts. This site provides a wealth of technical information on monitoring programs and controlling invasive species in the San Francisco Bay.
Save San Francisco Bay: This project is sponsored by a partnership between Restore America’s Estuaries and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Save the Bay seeks to preserve, restore and protect the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta Estuary as a healthy and biologically diverse ecosystem essential to the well-being of the human and natural communities it sustains. This site contains information on the need for wetlands protection and provides information on the methods Save the Bay is using to protect the San Francisco Bay.
The Sonoma Ecology Center: The Center is a nonprofit organization working toward a condition of sustainable ecological health in the Sonoma Valley through community-supported research, education, restoration, and preservation. The Center offers Sonoma residents and visitors opportunities for discovering the beauty and natural resources of the valley. This site provides opportunities for volunteers to take part in restoration activities in Sonoma Valley, California.
Tennessee Hollow Creek Restoration: This site offers a detailed look at the proposed plan to restore Tennessee Hollow Creek, one of two streams in San Francisco that have not been completely buried and built over with tall structures. The site offers a detailed report that describes the efforts of the Urban Watershed Project to restore the watershed. This site would be useful for anyone planning a watershed-wide creek restoration project.
California Wetlands Information System: Provides a directory of 16 wetland restoration projects in the state. Each site listing provides standard information about the stage, duration, intensity and success of the restoration. Easy to follow and informative.
California Ecological Restoration Projects Inventory: Brief descriptions and links to hundreds of CA restorations. Though hundreds are listed, there is little information about each project; a good source of information nonetheless.
Preliminary Geochemical Studies of Pollutant and Natural Organic Compounds in Sediments from Sonoma Baylands: Description of a USGS study of a restoration project in San Francisco Bay. Web page outlined in ~scientific format. Links to complete methodology, results, conclusions. Very complete, but scientific format makes this site less user friendly for the non-scientist.
USGS: Riparian Ecosystem Creation and Restoration: a literature summary – case studies: overview of case study in the lower Colorado River. Discussion of methodology and results is understandable and informative.
Pacific Estuarine Research Laboratory: recent studies: Discussion of attempts to restore coastal wetlands in California. Indication that salt marsh restoration is not often successful. Nice overview, but cursory at best.
Restoration of the Knapp Unit of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Description of hydrologic monitoring program associated with the restoration. Very brief.
Hellman Ranch Wetlands: Form description of restoration program. Lots of concise information on the program, complete contact information.
Napa-Sonoma Marsh Modeling Project: Discusses effort to numerically model restoration methodology. Includes several figures. Informative but brief, doesn’t discuss applications of model elsewhere.
California Department of Parks and Recreation: Mission Statement: Scroll down to see “Major Roles and Responsibilities in Wetlands Management”. Gives said information and nothing more, but links to official CDPR website.
Huntington Wetlands Restoration Project: Scientific description of restoration effort, with contact information. Concise, discusses methodology.
City of Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility and Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary: Same format as above.
Bolsa Chica: Form description of restoration project. Lots of organized information including contacts.