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Angelo Basic GIS Coverages
Authors: Collin Bode, William Dietrich, Mary Power
Projection: UTM, zone 10, datum NAD83.
GIS file format: ESRI Shapefile for vector, ESRI arcinfo binary GRID format for raster.
Data Sources: National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM, http://ncalm.berkeley.edu): Lidar DEM of the South Fork Eel watershed at Angelo reserve was created by NCALM.
This data is new and still is being post processed. The dem is extremely high quality (1m resolution). California Spatial Information Library (CASIL, http://gis.ca.gov): public and federal datasets, including USGS drg, doqq, and blue-line datasets.
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Eel River Flipchart
Authors: Collin Bode, Mary Power
This is a 34 page flipchart of the Angelo Reserve. Each page is an 8.5x11 map of a river segment. The maps show the location of the highest accumulated streamflow (using DEM) as the river, even though the channel is wider, and use the vegetative canopy DEM colored by vegetation height. Note the decision to use canopy instead of the traditional bare-earth is to provide visual references while out in the field. Bare-earth provides little help when maps are zoomed in this close. Laminated versions will be availible at the ACCR Science Center to be used during field sampling. Sampling sites can be drawn directly on the maps with a sharpie then removed later using alcohol. Marked up maps are to be either copied using the xerox machine, or scanned. Scanned versions can be sent to Collin Bode to convert the points into a GIS coverage.
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Eel River Steelhead Study
Authors: Mary Power
Throughout the world, historically large populations of native anadromous salmonids are in severe decline or extinct. In the United States alone, twenty-six Evolutionarily Significant Units of Pacific salmonid are currently threatened or endangered. These declines are most commonly attributed to degradation of spawning and rearing habitat resulting from increased loading of fine sediments. Although excessive loading of fine sediments into rivers is well known to degrade salmonid spawning habitat, its effects on the demographically critical rearing juveniles have been unclear. We experimentally manipulated fine bed sediment in a northern California river and examined responses of a juvenile salmonid. Increasing concentrations of deposited fine sediment decreased growth and survival of juvenile steelhead trout. These declines resulted from a shift in invertebrates toward burrowing taxa unavailable as prey and from increased steelhead activity and injury at higher levels of fine sediment. The relationship between deposited fine sediment and juvenile steelhead growth is linear. This suggests that there is no threshold below which exacerbation of fine sediment delivery and storage in gravel bedded rivers will be harmless, but also that any reduction will produce immediate benefits for salmonid restoration.