The Altered Laguna: A Conceptual Model for Watershed Stewardship

Publication Type  Report
Authors  Christina Sloop; Joseph Honton; Clayton Creager; Limin Chen; Elizabeth S. Andrews, Setenay Bozkurt
Year  2007

The Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed embodies a complex system of physical, hydrological, chemical and biological processes that are closely linked to many direct and indirect impacts from the largest concentration of human settlements in Sonoma County. The Laguna is wedged between five expanding urban centers: Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, and Windsor. Much of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and its watershed tributaries have been altered, and now reflect numerous historic and contemporary human caused modifications to natural processes. Many of these alterations have rendered the watershed as impaired, with negative impacts to natural hydrology, sedimentation, flood capacity, water quality and valuable ecosystem services for wildlife and humans. This degraded system, historically extremely rich and diverse, now performs at a sub-optimal level and active restoration is needed to turn the tide for improvement of Beneficial Uses identified in the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Basin Plan.

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, in collaboration with Philip Williams and Associates (PWA) and Tetra Tech, and with guidance from North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and a Technical Advisory Group developed a conceptual framework to address the following goals: 1) Improve our understanding of the Laguna system for basin scale planning and management; 2) Gather and analyze available data; 3) Identify data gaps, appropriate system indicators, monitoring regimes, and restoration targets; and 4) Specify further modeling efforts focused on the watershed. The impetus to this process is the project' s important role in launching the Laguna Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study to address water quality concerns, and to ensure that the appropriate watershed-scale scope is used for the TMDL-related work.

Cover1.75 MB
Front Matter241.43 KB
Table of Contents60.49 KB
Executive Summary1.57 MB
Project Background134.42 KB
Assessment and Management Questions280.03 KB
Hydrology and Sedimentation7.11 MB
Water Quality11.93 MB
Ecosystem6.94 MB
Indicators179.55 KB
Model Selection Requirements1.14 MB
Monitoring Recommendations162.27 KB
Altered Laguna 10.pdf278.02 KB
Altered Laguna 11.pdf173.88 KB
Figure 4-184.71 MB
Figure 5-1136.6 KB
Figure 6-27.22 MB