SB1086 SRCAF Handbook

from the Forward

srcaf handbook cover

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.

Section Filesize Last Update
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

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Recommended Actions

Several actions are needed to carry out the goals of the Sacramento River Forum/SB1086 Program:

  • Develop site-specific plans and contracts, which may include the following features:
    • Conservation easements
    • Set aside agreements
    • Bank protection
    • Land acquisition from willing sellers
    • Landowner protections
    • Floodplain management strategies
  • Develop program to improve permit and regulatory coordination and consistency
  • Develop mutual assistance program
  • Develop education and outreach program
  • Support monitoring and research programs