Passed by the State Legislature in 1986, Senate Bill 1086 called for a management plan for the Sacramento River and its tributaries that would protect, restore, and enhance both fisheries and riparian habitat. The law established an Advisory Council, composed of representatives of state and federal agencies, county supervisors, and representatives of landowner, water contractor, commercial and sport fisheries, and general wildlife and conservation interests.
After more than 50 lengthy meetings and workshops, the Council and its action teams developed a plan which included a specific and action-oriented fisheries plan and a more conceptual riparian habitat plan. This plan, the Upper Sacramento River Fisheries and Riparian Habitat Management Plan, was published in 1989. Many of the fisheries action items have since been, or are currently being, implemented, such as fish bypass structures at diversions on Sacramento River tributaries and the Shasta Dam temperature control structure.
The Riparian Habitat Committee of the Advisory Council, an informal and consensus-based planning group that included landowner representatives, environmental group leaders, and agency personnel, continued the work of on-the-ground implementation. The Advisory Council was reconvened by the Secretary of Resources in 1993 to "complete its earlier work concerning riparian habitat protection and management, including the development of a specific implementation program."
The committee developed this Handbook to guide an implementation program for riparian habitat management along the Sacramento River, and worked to ensure that this Handbook addresses both the dynamics of riparian ecosystems as well as the realities of local agricultural issues. It did this by developing a set of guiding principles and planning tools that should govern riparian habitat management along the river.
|Complete SRCAF Handbook||31 mb||2003|
|Or the SRCA Handbook can be downloaded by section.|
|Title/Dedication/Table of Contents and Figures||851 kb||2003|
|Chapter 1 Principles and Guidelines||207 kb||2003|
|Chapter 2 Sacramento River Riparian Forests||~7.9 mb||2003|
|Chapter 3 Keswick-Red Bluff||~5.5 mb||2003|
|Chapter 4 Red Bluff-Chico Landing||~4.3 mb||2003|
|Chapter 5 Chico Landing-Colusa||~1.5 mb||2003|
|Chapter 6 Colusa-Verona||~9 mb||2003|
|Chapter 7 Current Management||126 kb||2003|
|Chapter 8 Agencies and Organizations||397 kb||2003|
|Chapter 9 Recommended Actions||165 kb||2003|
|Appendix A - Sensitive Plants in the Sacramento River Conservation Area||146 kb||2003|
|Appendix B - Wildlife Species in the Sacramento River Conservation Area||229 kb||2003|
|Appendix C - Sacramento River Geographic Information System||142 kb||2003|
|Appendix D - Summary of Acreage Tabulations||213 kb||2003|
|Appendix E - Senate Bill 1086 and Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 62||364 kb||2003|
|Appendix F - Report on Costs||~2.8 mb||2003|
|Appendix G - Handbook Amendment Procedure||146 kb||2003|
|Appendix H - Glossary||198 kb||2003|
|Appendix I - “Issues To Be Resolved,” Has been deleted from the 2002 Handbook.||142 kb||2003|
|Appendix J - Memorandum Of Agreement||210 kb||2003|
|Appendix R - References||195 kb||2003|
Several actions are needed to carry out the goals of the Sacramento River Forum/SB1086 Program: